Services

Langford & Myers, P.A. is a law firm based in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. The firm was established in 1978 and through its present staff of attorneys, the firm represents a broad spectrum of clients from individuals to national corporations. We are qualified to practice in the following areas of law.

Acquisitions
Banking
Bankruptcy
Commercial Litigation
Condemnation
Construction
Contracts
Corporations
Eminent Domain
Estate Planning
Executive Compensation
Mergers
Partnerships
Real Estate
Secured Transactions
Trusts
Wills

Acquisitions

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Our corporate law attorneys are able to negotiate, document and complete your acquisition of a going corporation, partnership or other entity. Taking into consideration the tax ramifications and potential liabilities of structuring an acquisition as either a stock or asset transaction, we can paint various scenarios for you to help you decide which structure makes the most sense in your particular circumstances.

Banking

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Our law firm represents banks, savings and loan institutions, credit unions, commercial finance companies, mortgage companies, investment banking firms, and a myriad of other financial firms in every phase of their business. Langford & Myers, P.A. also assists in the preparation of participation loan agreements, and the acquisition of financial institutions.

Our attorneys are also qualified in the areas of dealer financing, asset-based financing, multi-creditor and multi-tiered loan transactions, commercial paper, receivable acquisitions and sales, and hybrid or special purpose financing, including representation of lessees, lessors, and lenders.

Bankruptcy

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Our lawyers represent both creditors and debtors in a broad range of matters relating to Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases. We counsel and advise clients on a case by case basis and formulate a strategy that is most appropriate for their situation. Our lawyers are also very experienced in loan workouts, foreclosures, and other aspects of creditor and debtor related issues.

Commercial Litigation

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The extensive experience that our commercial litigators have attained in all areas of complex commercial litigation has enabled us to consistently identify the issues and implement innovative solutions. Practicing in state and federal courts, our attorneys have used prejudgement writs of attachment, replevin, garnishments, creditors' bills, and injunctions to protect our clients' endangered collateral.

The attorneys in our firm can represent clients in every type of commercial litigation. In the past, we have sued to recover damages for our clients caused by violations of federal securities law, expeditiously concluded multi-million dollar mortgage foreclosure actions, and have effectively defeated borrower claims of lender liability.

Additionally, our commercial litigators work closely with other lawyers in the firm to provide our clients with the most comprehensive representation possible.

Condemnation

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Our firm has represented a wide variety of individual and business property owners facing condemnation and eminent domain actions. Our representation includes pre-litigation negotiation with condemning authorities and litigation representation through trial. This representation also includes employing the services of eminent domain real estate appraisers, accountants, engineers, land use planners, and other experts necessary to secure full compensation for the taking of private property by governmental entities. Based on the present statutory guidelines, our fees and costs for this representation are limited to the amount awarded by the Court to be paid by the condemning authority.

Construction

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Our attorneys have handled all manner of construction related issues, from imposing or removing mechanics liens, negotiating and drafting construction contracts and loans, and representing major developers in acquisitions and sales of property to litigating disputes between disgruntled owners and builders.

Contracts

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A contract has been defined as a promissory agreement between two or more persons that creates, modifies, or destroys a legal relationship. Contracts are a part of every aspect of our lives, from ante- and postnuptial agreements, employment agreements, contracts for sale and purchase of a residence or a business, banking relationships and credit card arrangements to world treaties.

Langford & Myers, P.A.'s attorneys can assist you in all aspects of contract work, whether you want one reviewed before signing it, want one drafted so that it is in your favor, or whether you need to have one interpreted or enforced by a court.

Corporations

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We represent clients in all phases of corporate activity, including formation, operation, dispute resolution, and dissolution. Our attorneys are well equipped to handle complex business transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, and other reorganizations.

Our corporate attorneys can assist our clients in choosing the proper form of business organization. Specifically, the operators of a new business must decide whether to operate as a sole proprietor, a general partnership, a limited partnership, a corporation, or a limited liability company. The practical and tax ramifications of such a choice are considerable. Expertise acquired through years of public and private practice enables our attorneys to guide our clients in making their decision and to effectively operate their business from inception.

Eminent Domain

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Our firm has represented many individual and business property owners facing condemnation and eminent domain actions. Our representation includes pre-litigation negotiation with condemning authorities and litigation representation through trial. This representation also includes employing the services of eminent domain real estate appraisers, accountants, engineers, land use planners, and other experts necessary to secure full compensation for the taking of private property by government entities. Based on the present statutory guidelines, our fees and costs for this representation are limited to the amount awarded by the Court to be paid by the condemning authority.

Estate Planning

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Our firm handles a wide variety of estate planning matters, including but not limited to, the preparation of last wills and testaments, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care surrogates, living wills, and any other documents necessary to assist clients with the planning and preservation of their estates.

Through the years, we have assisted hundreds, if not thousands, of clients with planning for the distribution of their assets upon their deaths. This estate planning naturally encompasses planning to legitimately reduce or eliminate estate and federal taxes where possible. We have been involved in the preparation of life insurance trusts for the purpose of holding life insurance which will not be includable in a decedent's taxable estate; and also we have assisted many clients with a gift giving program to permit them to take advantage of the exemptions allowed by federal law with respect to gifts to enable individuals to reduce their estates in this manner.

Executive Compensation

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There is a lot more to compensation than salary and bonus, and even if it were just about money, should a portion be deferred, and if so, how? In addition, there are normal fringe benefits such as health insurance, car allowances, and vacation and sick days. Over and above those, one can ask for a signing bonus, paid life insurance, company stock (whether options, phantom stock or stock appreciation rights), tuition assistance, moving expenses, travel and entertainment allowances. All of these items and more can be negotiated and our business attorneys can assist you in obtaining the best possible compensation package.

Mergers

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Florida law now permits mergers of different entities into each other, such as a corporation with a partnership, and of different non-Florida entities with Florida entities, so the field of mergers is becoming more complex. Our corporate attorneys are well-versed in structuring and effecting mergers. We can help you decide whether it will be advantageous to contemplate a merger, or if an acquisition of stock or assets would be better, and take you from offer, through negotiation and documentation, to closing and beyond.

Partnerships

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Our business attorneys can assist you in choosing the proper form of business organization. Specifically, the operator of a new business must decide whether to operate as a sole proprietor, a general or limited partnership, a corporation, or a limited liability company. The practical and tax ramifications of such a decision are considerable. Expertise acquired through years of public and private practice enables our attorneys to guide our clients in making their decision and to effectively operate their business from inception.

Although the limited liability company is becoming the entity of choice and replacing many Chapter S corporations and partnerships, there may be circumstances in which it is still advantageous to be a partnership. Langford & Myers, P.A.'s attorneys can guide you through the decision-making process, prepare partnership agreements, file certificates and reports with the Secretary of State's office, and generally advise you as to tax and other considerations.

Real Estate

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Our firm's extensive real estate practice offers our clients a full range of legal services to meet Florida's dynamic growth. Our practice includes the representation of purchasers and sellers, contractors, developers, lending institutions, architects and engineers. We are fully prepared to negotiate and furnish the necessary documentation for the purchase, sale or financing of all types of commercial and residential property. In addition, we have a subsidiary title insurance company that acts as the issuing agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company and Stewart Guaranty Title.

As a result of our wide and varied experience, this firm has been retained as local and special counsel to title companies, as well as real estate counsel for numerous growth-oriented corporations. Additionally, the Real Estate Group has extensive experience concerning landlord tenant matters, zoning, and land use.

Secured Transactions

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Because the firm of Langford & Myers, P.A. has been representing banks and other lending institutions throughout most of its history, its banking law attorneys have a great deal of experience with secured transactions, both in documenting and closing loans, ensuring that security interests and mortgages have the priority desired, and in enforcing creditors' rights upon default. Practicing in state and federal courts, our attorneys have used prejudgment writs of attachment, replevin, garnishments and creditors' bills and injunctions to protect our clients' endangered collateral.

Trusts

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A trust is an arrangement whereby title to real or personal property is transferred to a trustee (who may be the original owner or another party) to hold and manage for the benefit of the original owner and/or for other parties. These trusts may be revocable, such as living trusts that many people use as a substitute for a last will and testament, in order to avoid the necessity of probate, or irrevocable, like trusts often used to hold transfers or property intended as gifts to minors or other individuals incapable of properly managing assets, or to hold life insurance that is not intended to be part of the taxable estate of the insured. The Estate Planning Group of Langford & Myers, P.A. is familiar with the use and preparation of virtually all types of trusts.

Last Will and Testament

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A last will and testament is a writing that directs the disposition of your property after your death. Each state has its own requirements for a will. In Florida, the maker of the will must be 18 years old and of sound mind when he or she signs the will, the will must be in writing and witnessed and notarized in the manner specified by law. Certain other formalities must also be followed in order for the will to be valid.

If you die without a will, Florida law will dictate who gets your property, not you. Although most individuals recognize the importance of executing a will, many find the entire subject emotionally upsetting. Moreover, while many clients need only a short simple will, others may require more complex estate planning to obtain maximum tax savings and to provide for minor or handicapped beneficiaries.

To complicate matters, there is also something called a "living" will, which is completely different than a last will and testament. A living will is a separate document in which a person can specify whether he desires any kind of heroic medical measures taken to prolong his life in various circumstances and/or to appoint a surrogate to make those kinds of decisions. Langford & Myers, P.A. provides sound and experienced advice to clients in preparing both testamentary wills and living wills.

 
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