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August 2017 Archives

What does the term 'mechanic's lien' mean in construction?

If you are building a new home or improving an existing residence in Florida, you probably make it a priority to pay your construction-related expenses accurately and timely. After all, failure to do so would result in delays and may even result in construction disputes or litigation. As a person who pays your bills on time, you may expect others involved in your project to do so as well.

Tips for a smooth commercial property purchase

Starting or moving a business is a different practice than beginning or expanding a household. Business owners have to be aware of the ways to protect themselves and their assets while engaged in real estate transactions for retail, office and storage space for a business.

Timeshare project stalls out when widow won't sign paperwork

Real estate disputes are sometime long and drawn out processes that end up costing considerable money. It looks as if one company in Florida that built a timeshare property might have a long battle to fight because they are unable to get the certificate of occupancy so that timeshare owners can move into the property.

Things to consider when buying commercial real estate

The Melbourne, Florida, area has a lot of great buildings and property where new ones can be built. The sheer volume of commercial real estate closings has many people looking for advice about how to navigate the commercial real estate market successfully. To do so, it is important to review some key considerations.

How long it takes to close on the purchase of your home

The homebuying process can be an eye-opening experience for the first-time homeowner. Once they've been pre-approved for a loan and put in an offer, the buying process can seem as if it comes to a standstill from the perspective of the eager buyer. The back-and-forth communication that's so frequent during the earlier stages are much less so until your lender or attorney's office reaches out to you to schedule the closing.

Doctors and noncompete agreements

Whether you are a practicing doctor or operate a medical facility, you want your practice to be successful. That is why you connect with the specific facilities or physicians. However, sometimes those relationships may change, and separation is imminent.

Understanding undue influence issues in Florida

It happens fairly often. An elderly person makes a typical will, leaving some portions of the estate to relatives and some others to charity. Maybe she sets up a trust. Then, suddenly, for no apparent reason, a new will appears, leaving the bulk of the estate to an unrelated individual, often a caretaker.

New class-action lawsuit may add to elder law

Elder care is a serious social and economic issue for Florida, with its high population of seniors requiring medical care. Protections for patients of Medicare, the U.S. federal plan for senior health care, may have seen their costs increase over the last five years, and a new class-action lawsuit seeks to rectify the problem.

What kind of disputes can lead to construction litigation?

Construction litigation occurs for a variety of reasons. Essentially, any kind of unresolved construction dispute between clients and contractors can lead to litigation. Disputes between these parties happen a lot more often than you may think, especially in Florida's booming construction industry.

Boca Raton sued for impropriety in issuing Chabad building permit

The city of Boca Raton is currently being sued by two of its residents for what they allege to be an illegal bending of the city's zoning regulations. The two residents have unsuccessfully filed two different lawsuits against the city since March of last year, with the plaintiffs arguing each time that the city's issuance of a permit for the construction of a synagogue violates its land-use rules.

Contractors don't always behave in an ethical manner

Hiring a contractor to do work is something that is very serious. Almost everyone in this area has probably heard horror stories about contractors who get down payments to do work and then don't complete the job. This is something that is simply unacceptable.

Understand your options for real estate transaction disputes

Making sure that all your bases are covered when you are working on a real estate transaction is necessary to ensure that your interests are protected. There are several things that can happen that might require you to take further action when you are in this situation.

Basic agreements your startup company should use

Thinking about the legal aspects of starting your new business may not be as much fun as choosing the company name or working out goals for the first year of operation. Still, you should get the ball rolling on a few important legal agreements.

Is a co-founder harming the interests of your company?

Perhaps you and two friends formed a partnership a few years ago. The business you created was doing well until recently, when it appears that one of the founders began working in his own interests instead of those that would benefit the company.

Risks associated with using emerging e-will programs

In this increasingly technological era, many people would probably assume that an individual recording his or her last will and testament by stepping in front of a webcam is legal. However, in Florida, it's not.

Buying commercial real estate alone or with partners

It's finally happening - you've perfected the business plan, secured investors and found the right site for your commercial enterprise. Businesses and their properties need legal protection, from purchase to management, to make sure the goal of this hard work is secure.

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