Services We Provide
BUSINESS ENTITIES, TRANSACTIONS, AND CONTRACT LAW
SMALL BUSINESSES deserve the same quality of legal services available to big businesses. Meehle & Jay is dedicated to providing services tailored to the needs of your business, whether you are at the start-up stage, planning for growth, preparing for transition, or anything in between.
We provide business legal services including but not limited to:
- Business entity selection (C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC, D/B/A and more) and formation
- Industry-specific regulatory compliance and licensing matters (city, county, state or federal)
- Contract drafting, review and negotiation
- Landlord/tenant negotiations and contract review (leasing agreements)
- Employment and independent contractor agreements (non-compete, non-solicitation, trade secret protection)
- Partnership, joint venture, merger agreements, articles of incorporation or organization
- Vendor negotiation and agreements
- Letters of intent, asset purchase, buy/sell agreements
- And much more.
The Meehle & Jay law firm has guided hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs through what often times seems to be a complex maze of regulations and requirements. If you are struggling in your business to stay ahead of all the legal mumbo jumbo and paperwork, let us help you, too. Our business is minding the legal details of your business so you can focus on your passion.
THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY marketplace is increasingly risky. A trademark is more than just the name under which you do business. Your trademark IS your business, it is your brand, the way that consumers identify that your product goods or services come from you. If you want to protect your brand, it is important to work with a firm that knows the ins and outs of creating, protecting, and maintaining trademarks and service marks.
At Meehle & Jay, we help you select, obtain, maintain, protect and enforce your rights at both the state and federal levels in trademarks, service marks, trade dress and trade names. We file trademark, trade dress, trade name, and service mark applications with the USPTO and the State of Florida, and file Appeals with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) once a final Office Action is received. Additionally, we help you manage your trademark registrations so that your investment in your mark is protected as long as you use it.
We also litigate and defend trademark infringement claims, trademark oppositions and cancellations when necessary. When possible, we help avoid costly litigation through prevention, including registration, work for hire and assignment agreements, takedown notices, and negotiated settlement. However, when necessary, we are prepared to litigate to protect copyrighted works or defend against charges of copyright infringement.
Your business relies on your intellectual property being protected. Let us help you keep your brand safe.
ENTERTAINMENT LAW is a broad term for multiple, very distinct realms, such as fine art, music, film, literary, performance and design, to name but a few. An effective legal practitioner is familiar not only with the practicalities of working in these areas as a creative, performer, and advisor, but is also current and adept and the areas of law that are implicated: intellectual property (including copyright, trademark and right of publicity), contract, agency, defamation, and many others.
At Meehle & Jay, you can feel confident with the entertainment law services we provide because we immerse ourselves in these topics on a daily basis. We provide entertainment law services including, but not limited to:
- Licensing Agreements (such as music, photography, software, trademark, and distribution)
- Production Agreements (music, film, and television)
- Publishing Agreements (music and literary)
- Option/Purchase Agreements
- Talent and Crew Agreements
- Work-for-Hire Agreements
- Collaboration Agreements
- Band Agreements
- Management Agreements
- Agency Agreements
- Location Releases
- Rights Enforcement
The entertainment business is just that – a business. In order to succeed, you have to make sure that you have a strong team in place to protect your interests. At Meehle & Jay, that is the role we were born to play.
COPYRIGHT LAW can be complicated and confusing. You need an attorney with specialized experience in copyrights to ensure that your work is protected. At Meehle & Jay, we help protect what you have created, including computer programs, motion pictures, visual art, sound recordings, and other literary, musical, dramatic, and artistic works. We have experience working with copyrightable material in the software, literary, music, film, and entertainment industries. We assist clients with copyright registration, rights management, and litigation.
When possible, we help avoid costly litigation through prevention. However, when necessary, we are prepared to litigate to protect copyrighted works or defend against charges of copyright infringement.
EMPLOYMENT LAW covers the relationship between employers and their employees and independent contractors. Few areas of the law have as big an impact on your business. Employees can be the single biggest risk to your trade secrets and other intellectual property. Wage and hour and other labor disputes can cost valuable resources.
The attorneys at Meehle & Jay handle everyday employment issues for business owners and contractors. We draft employment agreements, employee handbooks, policies and procedures, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and independent contractor agreements. We also stand behind our work in court, enforcing the rights of the business in contract litigation, wage and hour disputes, and more.
LITIGATION AND NEGOTIATION
WHILE AVOIDING LITIGATION is usually the best policy for all parties, there are times when it is necessary to go to court to protect your business interests. When and if that time comes, it is important to know your legal team has the experience needed to win.
The attorneys of Meehle & Jaw are experienced negotiators and litigators. Our goal in litigation matters is to find the most efficient and cost-effective means to resolve your business dispute while still achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. We always prepare for the long game.
We know the cost of litigation can be particularly prohibitive for small business owners. Therefore, most often, we suggest starting with negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, with the hopes of achieving a resolution and avoiding the high costs of litigation. Ultimately though, our overall objective is to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients, and when litigation is unavoidable, we will defend your business aggressively until the matter is concluded.
Whether you have been served and need to defend yourself against baseless claims and allegations, or you need to address a situation in which another party has damaged you, your reputation and/or your business interests, we are to zealously represent you.
Both in the boardroom and the courtroom, the Meehle & Jay law firm has your back.
EXIT STRATEGIES AND ESTATE PLANS
EVERYONE WANTS to retire someday. For business owners, retirement can be especially tricky. There has to be a succession plan in place so that the owners can get the value out of their investment in their business, and there has to be a contingency plan for what happens if the owner becomes ill or dies suddenly and unexpectedly.
We help our business clients plan for tomorrow. We can assist in developing succession plans, Buy/Sell agreements, and contingency plans. We can also help make sure that your business and retirement plans are reflected in properly drafted wills and advance directives so that your business and your family are provided for.