Franken & Lacher, P.A.'s representation includes both debtors and creditors. Our firm handles Chapter 7, 11 and 13 filings from the inception until discharge. We can also handle any contested matters that may come up within bankruptcy as well as filing an independent lawsuit against a debtor when appropriate. We can advise you on the best practice for which bankruptcy chapter to file as well as whether or not to file a bankruptcy due to your debts or other alternatives. We help you review your assets, debts, income and expenses and provide the best options for you. We represent both individuals and corporations. We can handle liquidations of any non exempt assets, reorganization with a wage earner plan or reorganization with a plan of reorganization for a business. We offer financial plans for each case as allowed by bankruptcy law.
The firm possess substantial working knowledge of the local bankruptcy rules of the Southern District and Middle District of Florida. In addition, Franken & Lacher, P.A. complies with all criteria for meeting continuing legal education requirements in the field of bankruptcy law.
All cases are handled in a prompt and highly professional manner. We never lose sight of the relationship between bankruptcy and foreclosure and work closely within the firm and with our clients to expedite the transition from one forum to the other.
Franken & Lacher, P.A.'s practice involves the purchase and sale of both commercial and residential real estate. This practice includes negotiating contracts, advising and reviewing title commitments and title policies, preparing and reviewing seller’s documents, reviewing and preparing all closing documents representing buyers and appearing for closings. Typically such representation is made on a fixed fee basis unless the matter becomes contested or unusually complex. We can advise and draft new deeds for you.
Franken & Lacher, P.A. handles lawsuits relating to real estate contests, from easements, breaches of real estate contract, enforcement of real estate contracts, disputes concerning surveys, representation of associations and disputes with associations, partitions, ejectments, real estate partnership disputes, construction liens, title policy disputes and creditor claims. We will seek to resolve your dispute first including meditation if available but we are fully prepared to litigate to protect your rights.
Franken & Lacher, P.A. handles summary administration, distribution without administration and formal administration probates, whether contested or uncontested. Our firm has represented beneficiaries, personal representatives creditors against estates and caveators. While we are not licensed Certified Public Accountants, we can discuss with you as a beneficiary, general concepts on both on federal and state requirements on taxes and make sure you comply with all tax filings and notices through your chosen accountant.
Our office can advise you and create Revocable or Irrevocable Trusts on behalf of you as an individual or a family trust. We can prepare Trust Amendments if a change needs to be made to a Revocable Trust. You will be advised as to whether a Trust is in your best interest and the benefits of a Trust Agreement. We can also assist in trust administration, changing trustees and handling the trust requirements upon a death of the beneficiary.
Our office is able to advise you on the legality of your current will and we can create a new Last Will and Testament that will execute your requests upon your passing. We handle the preparation of the Last Will and Testament in our office and if necessary, can have the Will witnessed, executed and notarized on the same day. Franken & Lacher, P.A. can also prepare codicils to amend a will. Our office has also handled will contests and will disputes. We can prepare power of attorneys, living wills, health care surrogates for you.
The firm handles foreclosures both on behalf of lenders, associations and borrowers. We can advise a borrower as to his/her best option in the foreclosure and can advise on a loan modification. We will actively pursue a foreclosure on behalf of a lender or association to seek the best outcome for the loan and promissory note. Franken & Lacher recognizes client’s expectation to assist borrowers with home retention. Our office makes it a priority to pursue settlement opportunities whenever available.
We understand that matters involving the family are very difficult for our clients and stressful. We will work diligently to obtain the best possible result which is in the best interest of our client and their families. We will advise you on the law regarding children and explain how the best interest of the children is the court’s highest concern. We have handled pre and post marital agreements, adoptions, name changes, contested and uncontested dissolution of marriage and paternity cases. We handle cases from out of state and cases that are filed out of state with court permission. We are available to discuss matters with you at any time. We work with you and seek to recover all of your rights to your assets, pension funds, attorney fees and other rights.
Franken & Lacher, P.A. has handled numerous successful appeal cases in the Florida District Court of Appeals and Federal 11th Judicial Circuit. We can advise you as to whether your action is appealable and the likelihood of the success of the appeal. We can also handle motions for new hearing and motions to vacate judgments in civil court before filing an appeal. We handle the appeal through a decision. We have handled oral arguments in both state and federal appellate courts. We advise you of your rights after the appeal is resolved.
If you are looking to start an LLC, Partnership, S Corporation or C Corporation, we can advise you on the benefits of each business entity. Our office can set up partnership agreements. Operating agreements and stockholders agreements. We can prepare a corporate kit for you and file the articles of corporation and related documentation. We will advise you of the initial steps to be taken to operate the corporation. We can create standard documents for your use in your business.
We represent corporate entities including drafting of agreements, drafting or reviewing of employment agreements, advise and enforcement of agreements, private placement offerings, handling employment and discrimination issues, litigation with customers, vendors, or competitors. .
Franken & Lacher, P.A. can handle FINRA and other securities arbitrations and mediations, stockbroker misconduct, commercial disputes, annuity and insurance product losses. We can represent investors in securities and FINRA arbitration claims to recover losses due to unsuitable investments, breaches of duty, failure to account, overcharges or other forms of stockbroker misconduct involving stocks, bonds and alternative investments.
We can file your trademark, copyright applications with searches and follow through to secure your rights. We work with specially licensed patent attorneys and can provide agreements relating to patents including royalty rights, assignments of patents and sales of rights. We also handle protection of trade secrets, enforcement or defense of restrictive covenants arising from employment or sale of businesses.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, car accident, pedestrian accident, store/retail negligence, negligent security, animal bite or wrongful death, Franken & Lacher, P.A. will work diligently to seek the outcome you deserve. Your injuries and the damage to your and to your property deserve fair compensation. Our office has also handled defense of personal injury so our attorneys are well versed on both aspects of your case. We typically handle such cases on a contingency where you pay no legal fees except upon a recovery under a written contingency fee agreement. We will seek to resolve your claim with the other party and their insurance company through prompt review and gathering of your evidence and demands for payment. We have filed many cases in court and are prepared to take cases to court and through trial that merit you and our firm to do so on a case by case basis. We have handled many cases through settlement and through trial with many successes
Franken & Lacher, P.A. has handled collections both on behalf of the borrower or the lender. As a borrower, we will advise you of your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act which limits the behavior and actions of third party debt collectors who are attempting to collect debts on behalf of a third party or entity. We will discuss your options including seeking a favorable settlement, consideration of an option of bankruptcy where appropriate and discuss the timing and likelihood of results on a case by case basis.
If you sustained injuries in an incident that was caused by the negligence of a medical professional, we can assist you. This includes ensuring medical professionals are held responsible for the injuries their negligence or carelessness has caused. We understand that medical malpractice lawsuits can be incredibly overwhelming, and we're committed to handling the complicated legal matters while our clients focus on recovering. We can assist in securing an expert to review your file and to secure your records. Medical malpractice cases must be reviewed and brought promptly due to the short statute of limitations case. We have successfully settled and sued those negligent for our clients. We usually handle such cases on a contingency fee basis so you pay no legal fees unless we collect money for you.
If you’ve hired a lawyer in a civil matter who breached a Florida Rule of Professional Responsibility or who breached the standard of care required of an attorney which negatively affected your case, we can help fight to achieve full and fair compensation. Legal malpractice can encompass a combination of many types of negligent or unethical behavior including statutes of limitation, breach of fiduciary duty including improper settlement and accounting malpractice, conflicts of interest, failure to properly investigate and perform discovery, errors during trial and improper documents. We also represent attorneys who are being sued or who have been demanded to pay, so we know the issues and defenses for both sides of a case.
If you are involved in a rental agreement or lease you need to be aware that both landlords and tenants have both contractual and statutory rights and duties under Florida law. The landlord/tenant relationship is a legal contract controlled by your lease. If you are living without a written lease, the Florida law controls the time of your tenancy. We represent both landlords and tenants, focusing on resolving disputes in the most cost-effective way possible. We handle the review of leases, the writing of required notices to the other side and represent both landlords and tenants in litigation for both possession and damages.
Franken & Lacher, P.A. can advise and assist in most Landlord/Tenant disputes, including: