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January 2017 Archives

What to do if you are being sued

Being served litigation papers is stressful, even if you were expecting to be sued. While you may firmly believe that you are innocent, not knowing what is going to happen in court and what the outcome will be can cause anxiety and worry. By being prepared, you can have more confidence in your case and your ability to reach a fair settlement. Here are some things to do if you are getting ready to engage in a legal battle.

The Ten Commandments to avoid construction litigation, Part 1

Most construction-based litigation arises because the parties did a poor job drafting their contract. A construction contract needs to lay out obligations and anticipate problems, to enable the parties to efficiently address delays and other issues without it derailing the entire project. Unfortunately, delays, bad materials, and other issues are common on construction sites. It is very difficult to erect an entire building without overcoming a few issues. This post will go over a few rules that should smooth out the process and get your business back to work.

The basics of defending a non-compete clause

Noncompete clauses are used by employers and businesses to protect their investments former employees and business partners. The goal of noncompetes is to make it expensive for employees and business partners to leave a relationship, therefore, stifling the competition before it starts up. This post will go over the basics of defending against enforcement of noncompete clauses.

An HOA can place a lien on your mortgage

When most people move into a managed community, they accept the fact that they will need to pay a fee each month for the homeowners association to take care of things like lawn care, leaf removal, rule enforcement and pool maintenance. The preference for this type of living situation is evident in the prominence of managed properties popping up around Florida and the rest of the country. Equifax.com reports that the number of HOA communities has risen from just under 50,000 in 1980 to over 300,000 in 2010. These neighborhoods also account for 80 percent of all new construction in the United States. With the high likelihood that Florida residents will live in a managed community at some point in their lives, it is important for them to realize that neglecting to pay their monthly fees can lead to serious consequences.

Learning how to handle a partnership dispute

Going into the construction business with someone, whether it's as a developer, a builder or an investor, can be likened to a marriage. You spend almost every waking hour together, you make decisions together, and when one partner makes a bad decision, it can affect both of you. Many partnerships start as friendships or family relations and end in turmoil. And for good reason; running a business is tough and can test even the strongest bonds.

How to deal with zoning issues

Commercial zoning laws exist to regulate the sizes of buildings, their proximity to one another and what type of business can be conducted in what area. As a business owner, it can be scary to navigate these zoning laws. You may even find that you're in violation without being aware. If that happens, is all hope lost? Not necessarily. There are still a number of options available to you.

Getting your house ready to sell

Whether you're selling your family home or you're a developer selling dozens of condo units, you want to make sure you get everything you can out of the sale. Luckily, there are a lot of things you can do to improve the value that won't necessarily cost you an arm and a leg.

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