Author: Michele Capecchi

Michele Capecchi, a registered lawyer and member of the Florence Bar Association, holds a master of laws in American law and international legal practice from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He writes on general legal issues for TF and will consider relevant inquiries sent to redazione@theflorentine.net and info@CapecchiLegal.com for upcoming articles. Author of the book 'Legal Advice for Expats in Italy' published by The Florentine Press.
September 18, 2017
LIFESTYLE

On ruined holidays

When summer comes to an end, the number of claims for damages caused by contractual breaches of tour operators and travel agents inevitably soars. All-inclusive travel packages are a service offered by travel agencies, through which, for a set price, all transportation (flight, ship, train), accommodation, food and other amenities are covered. Increasingly, however, tourists […]
May 11, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Opening a business in Italy: the basics

Can I do business in Italy from the U.S.? Can I sell my products in Italy? Should I set up a company in Italy? What type of company best suits my needs? Do I get a visa to live in Italy if I open an Italian company? These are some of the questions asked by […]
March 28, 2017
NEWS

Legal lines: in case of divorce

In this article, The Florentine’s legal columnist and international lawyer Michele Capecchi addresses many of the issues raised at the Round Table on Violence Against Women, held on March 16 at St. Mark’s English Church in Florence, organized by Lynn and Tessa Cole in collaboration with anti-violence center Associazione Artemisia. Q: I married an Italian […]
March 8, 2017
ART + CULTURE

Italian measures to protect women: what’s in place?

On International Women’s Day (March 8), people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But gender equality is still far from being reached and so many women, on a daily basis, seek help and support in handling and defending themselves from violence and abuse perpetrated by their partners. This is a […]
January 7, 2017
NEWS

Remembering Ashley Olsen one year on

A statement from Avv. Michele Capecchi on the anniversary of the death of Ashley Olsen, brutally murdered in her Oltrarno flat on January 8, 2016.
May 26, 2016
LIFESTYLE

On civil unions and de facto couples

On May 11, 2016, the Italian Parliament approved a law recognizing the civil unions of same-sex partners and specific rights to partners, regardless of their sexuality, who “live as a couple in a stable relationship” (known as De Facto Relationships, unioni di fatto or convivenze).     The part of the law that refers to […]
February 4, 2016
LIFESTYLE

How to buy your dream home in Italy

A little villa in the countryside? An apartment in the city? A charming house in a medieval town? The real estate ads are irresistible. However, your dream of a home in Italy can quickly become a legal nightmare. Buying a property in Italy is something that no one should attempt without proper legal support. As […]
April 30, 2015
LIFESTYLE

Can you trademark a tweet?

In my two previous articles on intellectual property (theflr.net/tf208legal and theflr.net/tf209legal), I encouraged copyrighting and trademarking. However, not everything that we post on our webpages or social media can be protected as a copyright or a trademark. You simply do not own everything you post online,
April 2, 2015
LIFESTYLE

Who owns the hashtags?

In the March issue of The Florentine, I outlined the key means of protecting your business’s intellectual property (see the article here). Here, I discuss a specific aspect of safeguarding your business’s distinctiveness: using social media to promote your company’s services and image, in
March 5, 2015
LIFESTYLE

Protecting your intellectual property

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article does not constitute legal advice and should not substitute for counsel. The information is based on the opinion of an independent expert and does not claim to be complete or definitive.  A remarkable number of promising students attend Florence’s fashion