How To Form a Florida Business Corporation: A Guide for Lawyers
James W. Martin is a Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer and Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law who, for over forty years, has practiced Florida real estate, wills, trusts, probate, corporations, nonprofits, and business law.
The author has seen too many corporations improperly formed and maintained. Some failed to issue stock; others failed to hold annual meetings and file annual reports; and others failed to maintain corporate records. Failure to comply with the basics of corporate law have resulted in real estate title problems, litigation, and potential personal liability.
This book provides a step-by-step process with forms and checklists for forming and maintaining Florida business corporations to avoid these problems. It is primarily directed to lawyers because Florida corporations are legal entities created under the Florida Business Corporation Act, so having a law degree really should be a prerequisite to forming and maintaining corporations.
However, the author realizes that we live in an age where nonlawyers freely access these materials on the Internet, so he has written this book in plain language that does not require a law degree to understand. But his message for nonlawyers reading this book is to be sure to engage a Florida-licensed lawyer on their behalf to review any document before it is signed or filed.