Keith Kanouse

Keith Kanouse

Representing Entreprenuers and Their Companies
  • Business Law, Securities Law
  • Florida
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I represent start-up businesses and existing businesses that want to expand through franchising, licensing, dealerships, distributorships, private placement of securities. I also do business entity formation such as S corporations and LLC. I also represent buyers and sellers of businesses. I represent tenants in lease negotiation.

University of Notre Dame
J.D. (1974) | Law
Graduated 5th in Class
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Note and Comment Editor of Notre Dame Lawyer Law Review
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Bradley University
B.S. (1974) | Business Management
Graduated 10th in Class
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Golf
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Articles & Publications
Have written numerous articles that can be downloaded from my websiter,
Professional Associations
ABA Forum of Franchising
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Florida State Bar  # 208213
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
    You can use your Visa or MasterCard through my website,
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Certain projects I do on a fixed fee basis. Other matters are bill at $425 an hour
Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Securities Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Franchise Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Do I need to register my small business as a sole proprietorship if it has my legal first name in the name?
A: There is no registration with the Florida Secretary of State's Office for a sole proprietorship. However, since you are doing business other than your own name you need to comply with Florida's Fictious Name Statute.

In Florida, Section 865.09 of the Florida Statutes requires the one-time publication of a legal notice of a fictitious name in a newspaper in the county where the principal place of the franchise business will be located (such as the Daily Business Review). After publication, the newspaper provides a proof of publication. Upon receipt of the proof of publication, a fictitious name registration must be filed with the Florida Department of State via the website of the Florida Secretary of State. Section 865.09 of the Florida Statutes provides that:

A person may not engage in business under a fictitious name unless the person first registers the name with the division by filing a sworn statement listing:

(a) The name to be registered.

(b) The mailing address of the business.

(c) The name and address of each owner and, if a business entity, its federal employer’s identification number and Florida incorporation, organization or registration number.

(d) Certification by the applicant that the intention to register such fictitious name has been advertised at least once in a newspaper as defined in chapter 50 in the county where the principal place of business of the applicant will be located.

Such statement shall be accompanied by the applicable processing fee (currently, $50)

Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a fictitious name registered as provided in this section for a corporation, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, or limited partnership is not required to contain the designation of the type of legal entity in which the person or business is organized, including the terms “corporation,” “limited liability company,” “limited liability partnership,” “limited partnership,” or any abbreviation or derivative thereof.

The filing fee is $10 per application, and the fee to obtain a certified copy of the registration is $30 each. Payments may be made using a credit card, Sunbiz E-File Account, or a check by mail. Registration is valid for five years, after which it must be renewed.
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Q. Can a newly formed LLC (sole proprietor - 1 owner) lease equipment from its owner?
A: Yes you can do this. You should have an equipment lease agreement between you as lessor and the LLC as the lessee.
Q. Hello, can I from an LLC in Delaware as a Florida resident?
A: Evelyn is correct but if your office is in Florida or you have employees in Florida you will have to file an Application to Qualify as a Foreign LLC Doing Business in Florida, file Annual Reports in both states and also tax returns.
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Contact & Map
2255 Glades Road
Suite 324 Atrium
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Telephone: (561) 451-8090
Fax: (561) 451-8089