Mr. Belleh focuses his practice in the areas of Real Property, Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning and Asset Protection. He has experience representing public corporations, privately-held corporations, and accredited investors, but takes particular pride in representing entrepreneurs and small business owners - the cornerstone of the American economy.
Mr. Belleh is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, in Buffalo, New York, with a concentration in financial transactions. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York and earned a Certificate from the Cours Civilisation Franςaise de la Sorbonne in Paris, France. He served as Corporate Counsel for a real property development firm, where he focused on the formation and operation of Real Estate Investment Trusts, real property acquisition and development, finance, and title insurance matters. He also worked as a commercial litigation associate at boutique litigation firm in Miami, where he focused in commercial disputes and business torts. He has extensive experience representing mortgage lenders, real property developers and investors. Mr. Belleh has jury and bench trial experience and has argued several cases successfully before the District Court of Appeal.
Mr. Belleh serves as Corporate Counsel for a number of privately-held companies based in South Florida and operating in a cross-section of industries, ranging from real estate, insurance, pharmaceuticals and medical industries. He is admitted to practice in the Florida Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Belleh is also a member of the Florida Bar Real Property and Probate Section, the American Bar Association, the Broward County Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
We facilitate the appropriate choice and formation of entities and ownership relationships for clients while seeking to limit the personal liability of the owners for third party claims. Ownership relationship agreements address issues of control and succession within the business, such as shareholder “buy-sell” agreements, operating agreements and voting trusts. We also represent our clients concerning a myriad of issues related to the purchase or sale of closely-held businesses. We structure the transaction, draft all related documentation and conduct the due diligence. When representing the buyer in a transaction for a business acquisition, we assist the buyers with all non-tax related aspects of investigative due diligence, corporate formation, SBA or conventional loan financing, title insurance, non-competition agreements, employment agreements, franchises, business license transfers and lease assignments. We pride ourselves on developing long lasting relationships with our clients. We strive to obtain an intimate knowledge of our clients businesses' to help ensure their continued success in business going forward. Our specialty is acquisitions transactions for small to mid-sized businesses
The basic purpose for any sort of estate planning is to ensure that the client’s hard earned assets go to the appropriate beneficiaries when she/he passes away. However, estate planning can be used for a lot more than simply dictating which relative gets what precious antiques. Proper estate planning can help you accomplish the following goals and more: avoiding probate, providing for minor children
minimizing death taxes, and charitable giving. Our attorneys work with our clients to develop tailored solutions to address our client’s objectives.
Planning in advance is the key to keeping as much of your assets as possible. Many assets are already protected by both state and federal laws such as many different kinds of retirement accounts. Some of the equity of your home can even be considered exempt depending on the state laws. One basic rule of thumb is to plan as far in advance as possible. Many methods of asset protection involve the use of offshore accounts. The term offshore usually strikes the word “fraud” to mind, however if you plan in advance, in most cases it is not considered fraud. The safest method of protecting your assets is to plan ahead and seek the help of a qualified and experience attorney for asset protection.
The right attorney can explain the rules and regulations for both state and federal laws regarding asset protection. While the utilization of asset protection can be confusing, knowing the laws is extremely important, and consulting your qualified asset protection attorney is part of planning for the future.
Our firm represents clients in real estate transactions, development and redevelopment projects, public-private ventures, loan/note acquisition, loan restructuring/work-out and litigation matters. We have experience representing different sizes of developers and investors in the acquisition, zoning and development of real property. This includes:
Acquisition of Land
Due diligence investigation
Title review and examination
Corporate formation and compliance
Real estate financing
Community association document preparation
Acting as closing agent residential and commercial transactions
Community association turnover and post-turnover matters
Florida State Bar, 2002
J.D. — University of Buffalo School of Law, 2001
L.L.M - Master of Laws, Tax Law — Boston University School of Law, 2020
B.A. - Political Science — Le Moyne College, 1996