South Florida, including Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin County, Securities and Investment Broker/Dealer, Investment Advisor and Private Fraud, Mismanagement and Misrepresentation Arbitration and Litigation Attorney
What Constitutes a Security:
What initially comes to most people’s minds when the word security is mentioned is a stock or bond. Yet, from a legal standpoint, the word security has a much more expansive meaning. For example, in the State of Florida the word “security” is defined in Florida Statute 517.021(21). The word “security” includes a note, stock, treasury stock, a bond, a debenture, an evidence of indebtedness, a certificate of deposit, a certificate of deposit for a security, a certificate of interest or participation, a whiskey warehouse receipt or other commodity warehouse receipt, a certificate of interest in a profit-sharing agreement or the right to participate therein, a certificate of interest in an oil, gas, petroleum, mineral, or mining title or lease or the right to participate therein, a collateral trust certificate, a reorganization certificate, a preorganization subscription, any transferable share, an investment contract, a beneficial interest in title to property, profits, or earnings, an interest in or under a profit-sharing or participation agreement or scheme, any option contract which entitles the holder to purchase or sell a given amount of the underlying security at a fixed price within a specified period of time, any other instrument commonly known as a security, including an interim or temporary bond, debenture, note, or certificate, and receipt for a security, or for subscription to a security, or any right to subscribe to or purchase any security or a viatical settlement investment. Wow!