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Business Law FAQs

What Is Business Litigation?

Business litigation is when a dispute or disagreement arises in business that requires the intervening of legal help to settle. Most business litigation disputes come from contract, employment, or collection issues. It can be a complex process determining your legal strategy and whether or not litigation is right for your situation, so contact an experienced business litigation attorney today for guidance.

What Permits, Registrations, Or Licenses Do I Need To Own A Business In Florida?

Although the answer to this question mostly depends on the size and type of your business. According to the Florida Department of State, you should start by checking with your County tax collector to see if your particular business requires a license. Next, you must register your business with the Department of Revenue and with the IRS. Finally, if you are a corporate business or if your business has a fictitious name, you need to also register with the Department of State. Consulting with a business lawyer is also a good idea when starting a business. They can ensure you fulfill all the legal registration and licensure your particular business may require.

What Is The Difference Between A Corporation And An LLC?

The main differences between corporations and businesses are how they are formed, how the business is owned, profits and losses, and taxes. An LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) is owned by two or more members of the business, while a corporation has a board of directors and is owned by stock shareholders. LLC profits and losses are distributed to individual owners, while a corporation’s profits and losses are held by the corporation. Lastly, LLCs owners are taxed based on the adjusted gross income of the owners, while a corporation is taxed the corporate rate as an entity itself.

If you are having a hard time deciding which type of business is better for your business venture, consult with a business attorney today.

What’s The Difference Between A Joint-Venture And A Partnership?

Though they are often thought of as different terms that mean the same thing, they are very different. A partnership is when two or more persons form an association to co-own a business for profit, while a joint-venture is a contractual agreement between two or more parties to execute a specific business understanding.

There are pros and cons to each depending on what you are trying to accomplish. A business lawyer can guide you through the process and help you choose which one that will be the best for you.

How Can A Business Lawyer Help Me?

There are many situations where hiring a business lawyer is highly recommended. Here are just a few examples in which an experienced business attorney can help you:

  • Starting or expanding a business 
  • Franchise purchasing
  • Hiring employees
  • Asset and stock sales
  • Dissolution of a business
  • Any business-related legal dispute 

Andrew J. Mongelluzzi has the experience to help you with whatever business law inquiry you have, especially when it comes to litigation. Call Clearwater Business law today to speak with an expert Clearwater business lawyer today.


I strongly endorse Andrew Mongelluzzi. He is a very skilled and able business attorney focused on customer service and results. On the front end, Andrew deftly advises new businesses on organizing properly, acquiring necessary licenses, contracting with vendors & customers, and dealing with various compliance issues that may arise. On the back end when things go south, Andrew counsels and navigates businesses through complex commercial disputes and aggressively represents them in negotiations, mediation, arbitration, and in litigation so that businesses can legally move on and get back to business. Andrew’s ability to identify legal issues and approaches to resolve business-related issues is a strength that I have learned from and professionally relied upon in approaching the business matters and cases that I handle. I regularly refer business to Andrew knowing that he will diligently represent his business clients and their best interests.
Relationship: worked together on matter

- Frank N. Genco, Florida Bar No. 440086

Attorney Mongelluzzi and his team provided excellent and quality service. I always felt that my needs were met and that the firm was invested in me and my case. The quality services I received at Mongelluzzi’s firm were remarkable. From the initial meeting they were responsive to my calls, questions and concerns. All issues were handled professionally and timely, easily accessible, got back to me quickly, aggressive and got me the results that I wanted. Attorney Mongelluzzi and his staff all gave my case their personal attention and provided the quality of work that anyone would want when hiring an attorney.

- Client

Andrew is very thorough defining the outcome expectations. In my case, it was setting up a new corporate entity. He advised me on the most beneficial option and he then executed on that path. Andrew is a very pleasant person to work with. He is determined, skilled and committed to his client’s success.

- Gil Pinney

Andrew helped me through a difficult situation with American Express and we won the case. A great job by Andrew! He also helped me with T&C’s in my company. I would recommend Andrew highly as an attorney.

- John Sams

As a business owner for 12 years I have seen my fair share of ups and downs. Some of the downs would include landlord/tenant disputes and creditors that may have not been fulfilled to agreement. Andrew has met both of these situations for me in a timely, positive, and affordable manner.

- Rich Mattes

It was very nice to have a lawyer who not only is fierce in negotiations but has been successful in business. This is a lethal combination. I was glad he was on my side.

- Nigel Castanheiro

Andrew helped me with a contract litigation case. The lawyers battled it out for over a year and we finally got a reasonable settlement offer. Then the other side tried to back out. Andrew figured out how to force the other side to honor the deal and really knows his way around the court system. Definitely feel comfortable using him again.

- John Ellis


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