Physician non compete after 21st Century Oncology Inc.

Earlier this month, 21 Century Oncology Inc. (“21st”) lost in its bid to obtain a preliminary injunction against House Bill 843 (the “Bill”). Among other health related changes, the Bill retroactively nullifies physician non compete provisions when the employer is the “sole” provider of a specialty in the relevant geographic area. While the language in the relevant amendment to the Bill uses the word “sole,” the provision would apply to groups that dominate the market even if there were competitors in the area.

The Bill is currently in the Florida senate where it appears to gaining support. Should the upper house of the state legislator pass the Bill, it would go to the governor for signature. If the Bill does make it to the governor’s desk, look for the Bill to become law sometime later this year or early next.

Physicians that are looking to leave their current group but are unsure about non-compete provisions should know that non-compete clauses are disfavored in Florida and doctors have a number of different options, in addition to the Bill, to invalidate a non-compete.

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IRS gaining more enforcement tools

The IRS will soon be able to seize your passport if you have a significant tax delinquency. While this might not impact a large number of taxpayers, it is but one more reason to make sure that you take care to address your taxes.

Engaging is some proactive tax planning you can legally reduce your tax bill and do more than just avoid this new form of IRS punishment.

Call or email P. Christopher Wegner, Managing Attorney, Wegner Law PLLC, today at 239.449.9200 or

Congress skips tax treaties again

As Congress goes into recess it is obvious that lawmakers will skip the growing pile of tax treaties for review and approval yet again. This will likely push back review of the bi-lateral agreements beyond next session as changes to tax law and priorities have resulted in some small but significant changes. As a result, treaties with established partners will continue to struggle with lack of consistency and uncertainty surrounding key provisions. New taxing relationships will be forced to continue applying the standard or default rules delaying the benefits of a specialized US international tax convention.

International taxation is hard enough without these additional complications and, even more important, uncertainty. However, Wegner Law PLLC can help you establish the tax strategy for your inbound and outbound transactions regardless of what Congress does next. Call or visit Chris Wegner at Wegner Law PLLC in Naples today.

Possible capital gains tax cut on the horizon

The Trump administration is considering a change to the way taxpayers calculate capital gains that could result a major tax cut for investors. Specifically, the idea is to change the way that taxpayers calculate capital gains income by including the impact of inflation on the overall price. That is, tax payers will be able to exclude income from inflation from taxable gains on the sale of the capital asset; resulting in significant reduction in the overall tax liability for many investors.

Wegner Law PLLC helps client raise $4 million in succesful offering

Wegner Law PLLC acted as lead counsel in a $4 million private placement for a client in central Florida. The agricultural startup is looking to bring innovative products to growers and others in the burdening cannibals industry.

P. Christopher Wegner did everything from draft the company’s operating agreement and other corporate documents to negotiating complex convertible notes with sophisticated investors from Texas and Colorado.

The client has now retained Wegner to be the company’s general counsel as it looks to break into this fast paced but promising field.

If you are trying to raise money or break into agriculture, or cannabis, call P. Christopher Wegner today at 239.449.9200 or visit for more information.

Wegner announces affiliation with English law firm

Wegner Law PLLC has entered into an affiliation agreement with St. James Square Law Firm in New Castle, England, to provide even more services for demanding international business clients. St. James Square Law Firm specializes in dispute resolution, corporate reorganization, sports law and real estate law throughout Europe and opens up new opportunities for Wegner Law PLLC clients doing business throughout the European Union or the United Kingdom.

In addition to providing general business and tax law advice to St. James Square Law Firm clients seeking to do business in the United States, Wegner Law PLLC will provide sophisticated tax law advice to European golfers and soccer players and clubs moving to or doing business in the US. This new relationship not only opens the door to greater opportunities for Wegner clients but is yet another example of the firm’s stellar reputation in the areas of business and tax law.

If you would like to take advantage of our new affiliation or are interested in learning more about the law firm helping businesses grow, contact P. Christopher Wegner, at 239.449.9200, or visit to learn more.

Recent Supreme Court case emboldens states to test limits of taxing authority

A recent Supreme Court opinion is likely to embolden states to test the limits of their taxing authority by limiting the ways taxpayers can challenge the taxes in court. In Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt, Justice Thomas, writing for the Court, held that states have an inherent sovereign immunity protecting them from law suits in other states. Therefore, according to Thomas, plaintiffs can only sue states in other states if the potential defendant state itself decides to waive the immunity.

While, on the surface, this may not seem likely to impact state tax laws, it is expected that the change will permit states to push the limits of what states have historically been allowed to do. Therefore, it is easy to see how states could use this new precedent to increase the scope and number of enforcement actions against people in other jurisdictions that may owe taxes to the state.

Nobody knows for certain what the long term impact of Hyatt will be but it is definitely something businesses should consider; especially as the new rules for the collection of interstate sales tax begin to emerge from the various states.

If you have any questions or concerns about this topic or any legal or tax matter, contact P. Christopher Wegner at 239.449.9200 or You can also visit any time of day to learn about the law firm is helping businesses grow.

Small business week

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the small businesses in the area that trust us for their business and tax law needs.

Ninety-nine point nine percent (99.9%) of all businesses in the United States are small businesses and we are here to serve everyone of them. We only serve businesses and most of our practice is small to mid-sized businesses like yours that need top notch legal advice at reasonable prices.

If you need an attorney to help your small business with formation, capital raising or day to day legal, give us a call. Our initial consultation is free but our advise is invaluable.

Wegner enters into affiliation with ABN-Law PLLC

ABN-Law PLLC logo.Wegner Law PLLC and ABN-Law PLLC enter into an affiliation agreement to offer more valuable legal services to clients. For Wegner Law PLLC, this means the firm’s business clients will have access to a full range of litigation and real estate services from the trail blazing attorneys at ABN-Law PLLC.

By entering into this arrangement, Wegner Law PLLC marshals the attorneys and experience to truly provide full service legal advice to small and mid-sized businesses in the Southwest Florida area.

Visit the Wegner Law PLLC website in the near future to learn more about this exciting new partnership of the most business minded law firms in Collier and Lee County.

Section 199A Regulations Released

The IRS has released the long hoped for final regulations for the deduction under Section 199A. While most of the regulations were pretty much as expected, there are some surprises allowing taxpayers more freedom in how they calculate their maximum deduction under the Code.

However, not all of the news is good news and the broad anti abuse rules threaten to sweep up well meaning tax payers and deprive them of their full deduction for missing arbitrary deadlines. Even if you are not the type to engage in tax planning to lower your taxes, the new rules are poised to punish taxpayers who do not do minimal planning by sharply increasing their taxes.

As always, call or email P. Christopher Wegner at 239.499.9200 or today for a free consultation as to how Section 199A will impact you.