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Business Law

A Dynamic Law Practice Offering Affordable Solutions for Florida Businesses

Results-oriented legal representation. Reasonable rates. A small business owner should look for knowledgeable and efficient counsel in this tough economic climate. Dean Law Firm is dedicated to serving small businesses. Experienced Ocala business law lawyers Michael E. Dean, Timothy S. Dean and H. Edward Dean have over eight decades of collective legal experience. We can serve both your immediate and long term business goals.

We bring vitality to our practice on a daily basis. As business owners, we understand the highs and lows of operating a business in central Florida. We can assist you in preventing and resolving disputes that can derail your company's momentum. Whether you are located in Marion, Citrus, Lake or Levy Counties, we can handle any legal matter on behalf of your business. This includes matters such as business formation, business litigation, general counsel services, construction and mining law, construction litigation, banking law, collections, agricultural and equine law, and government representation.

Forming Contracts and Dealing With Contractual Disputes

All businesses, no matter what goods or services they provide, need documents drafted or reviewed by a competent and experienced lawyer. We can serve as outside or general counsel to your business to make sure that all your paperwork is appropriately filled out, that you are following the applicable laws and regulations, that your debts are collected, and that your contracts are enforceable. We help you meet your business objectives by meeting your legal needs.

It is important to know that not all agreements are contracts. In order to form a legally binding contract, there must be an offer and an acceptance between the parties entering into the agreement, and there must a meeting of the minds as to what is being offered and what is being accepted. One party must agree to perform specific services or provide specific goods in exchange for money, an act, or other goods and services. The items exchanged, whether money, acts, goods or services, are called “consideration.” Without consideration there is no contract.

Additionally, many contracts must be in writing and signed by the parties to be enforceable. Although some oral contracts are enforceable in Florida, it is better to have a written contract. It is easy to forget or misremember the terms of a contract. This is why it is important to have a written contract with particularized terms for what should happen in case of different contingencies or events. Contracts can also limit the jurisdiction in which a dispute may be brought, address payment of attorneys' fees, and establish whether alternative dispute resolution must be used.

Written contracts are particularly useful in case of litigation, such as those instances in which you need to compel specific performance. A written contract is evidence of what both parties' obligations are, as well as what the remedies are should either party fail to perform.

How Can We Help You?

We offer legal counsel that emphasizes risk assessment. With over 80 years’ combined experience working as both trial lawyers and business counsel, our Ocala business law attorneys understand the costs of protracted litigation and its potential pitfalls. Our objective assessments, as well as our ability to review contracts and other important documents with an eye towards preventing problems down the road, can save you time and money, allowing you to focus on operating your business rather than on legal issues. Should a dispute arise, we are familiar with alternative dispute resolution techniques to keep your costs down. You can contact us by phone at 352-387-8700 or contact us through our online form to schedule an initial consultation. We serve businesses and individuals located in central Florida, including Ocala, Crystal River and The Villages.