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May 2017 Archives

Reasons residents may elect to sue their homeowner's association

Living in communities protected by a homeowner's association's (HOA) covenants and restrictions can be both a blessing and curse. While many see themselves as building in an added layer of protection for their investment by living in these types of communities, when disputes arise, it's common for their choice to live in one to be seen as a mistake.

Why work with an attorney while selling or buying property?

When it's time to close your real estate sale, it's a good idea to work with your attorney. Your attorney has much information about how to close a sale properly and can help make sure nothing goes wrong.

How do you hire a contractor to handle hurricane repairs?

If your home has suffered from storm or hurricane damage, you'll want to make sure that you get the damage repaired as quickly as possible. If you ever need to sell your home, you want it to be in good repair, and storm damage -- especially when it concerns your roof -- could create more problems later on down the road that only get more expensive to fix with time.

Asset distribution in cases without wills and heirs

Many individuals of an advanced age, with heirs or significant assets, may have wills in place that state their wishes as it relates to which belongings they want their loved ones to inherit. At the same time, others may not. While Florida law generally outlines how the division of assets should be handled in the absence of a will being in place, there are a number of circumstances that may get in the way of settling an estate.

Elements you can't miss in drafting a construction contract

Construction projects involve the investment of significant sums of money. This is one of the reasons it is so critical that, in drafting a work contract, you do so in a way that keeps your interests at heart.

What is litigation?

When you want to take someone to court, you'll go through the process of litigation. In real estate, there's always a chance that you may need to sue or pursue a claim in court. Perhaps a contract is breached or a tenant does not pay on time. Regardless of the event, if you want the court to hear your case, this is the process you need.

The different ways doctors can escape noncompete agreements

No matter who you work for, most employers ask their employees to sign a noncompete clause in this day and age. Doctors aren't, unfortunately, immune to this. Hospitals have taken to utilizing noncompete clauses as a way to ensure that the doctors they hire don't walk away and take their patients with them or work in a neighboring area for a certain period of time.

What can you do if you have buyer's remorse over a house bid?

"Buyer's remorse" is something that almost everyone recognizes. At some point in your life, you've probably purchased something that wasn't in your budget and paid more for it than you intended.

How to protect yourself when hiring a contractor

Having a home built is a milestone in a person's life. It is exciting, stressful, overwhelming and fun all at once. Whether you've had a home built before or this is your first experience with new construction, it is in your best interest to protect yourself when hiring a contractor. Here are some tips to make this happen in Melbourne, Florida.

How seniors can protect themselves from investment fraud

While there are many crimes that exist that seem to be targeted at one group or another, when it comes to seniors, they often are victimized by investment or securities fraud. Fraudsters engaging in this type of crime rely heavily on using their smooth talking ways to convince seniors that they're making wise investment choices in working with them.

What happens if I buy a home with material latent defects?

If you purchase a home in Florida and discover immediately afterward that there are issues that the seller did not disclose before the closing, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them. Keep in mind that not every potential problem that you encounter with your home is something that the previous owner should tell you about. Some issues that may occur after you close on your home are natural, such as the settling of the foundation.  

Review the homeowners association rules before buying a property

For some Melbourne residents, their homeowners' association (HOA) is a boon because it helps keep their neighborhood up to certain standards of beauty and makes sure their neighbors behave themselves. For others, their HOA is a burden because it's overly strict, requires expensive fees and -- for lack of a better word -- it's annoying.

What can you do if someone breaches a contract?

You have been waiting for your new apartment to be completed for months. The time it has taken to be finalized has stretched out longer and longer. You were patient at first, but now you're tired of waiting. The contractor is in an indirect breach of contract.

How setting up a charitable trust benefits you and your heirs

Charitable trusts are most commonly used by donors who wish to set aside some of their assets for allocation or use by one or more nonprofit organizations. Charitable trusts are most easily divided into two different categories: a charitable lead trust (CLT) or charitable remainder trust (CRT).

Lack of easement sparks dispute between condos

A condo association in Ponte Vedra has accused a builder of not providing an easement that the two sides had previously agreed upon. The condo association is called The Innlet at Ponte Vedra Beach Condominium Association, and it is pursing legal action against a builder known as Dream Finders Homes.

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