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September 2017 Archives

Managing the process of buying a commercial property

Florida's burgeoning and diverse economy includes a huge amount of real estate, from store lots in Miami to large farms outside Orlando. Residential real estate transactions occur faster every year, and commercial property sustains businesses through owners and generations.

Trust litigation can arise in charitable gift giving

Setting up a charitable trust gives Florida residents a way to give back to their community or support a worthy cause. A charitable trust allows the decedent to continue supporting his or her favorite charity in an organized manner. However, disputes may arise that threaten the charity's access to its financial gift and may even lead to trust litigation.

Man challenges homeowner association election for second time

A man from Poinciana Villages is challenging the results of a recent homeowners' association election. At stake could be the right for homeowners to be on the association's board of directors, to know exactly how the homeowners' association fees are spent and how the neighborhood is governed by the association.

Will a contractor leave you in the lurch after Irma?

Whether Irma was your first hurricane or your fifth, the experience is one you will long remember. Outside of the welfare of your family, your first priority will be to take care of any property damage the storm might have caused and make sure your home is safe and secure again.

Noncompetition contracts are not always enforceable

Throughout Melbourne, Florida, companies have noncompetition agreements in place with employees. Generally speaking, companies like the agreements, which keep employees from taking the experience, skills and knowledge gained at their company and taking it to a different one. Employees tend to dislike the agreements because they would prefer to be able to take their skills to a different employer at will if doing so would result in more money, benefits, opportunities and respect. If there is a noncompetition agreement in place and an employee breaks it, they can be sued for breach of contract.

Understanding Florida's homestead exemption

Buying and selling a home in Florida can be a confusing process. There are many laws and codes for buyers and sellers to peruse, and the number and complexity of them may seem daunting. But these laws contain many ways of saving money and protecting a home from financial problems down the road.

Florida lawsuit challenges estate trustees on property sales

Preparing an estate plan leads a person or family to consider the future of the assets built up over a long and productive lifetime. Everyone has the right to make determinations about how their property, assets and investments are bequeathed to family, organizations or trusts.

Steps to follow when hiring a home repair contractor in Florida

When it's time to hire a contractor, one of the biggest fears homeowners have is putting up big bucks only to end up with work that's not performed correctly or is not up to code. That's why the Licensing Board for Florida's Construction Industry has issued some guidelines to help minimize your risk of this happening.

Rights and actions of trust beneficiaries

People can designate the distribution of their assets and property through trusts. Those who receive the trusts, or beneficiaries, are not always aware of their rights and abilities in regards to the trusts.

Why to avoid using unlicensed contractors for making home repairs

After a hurricane strikes, it's not all that uncommon to see construction companies circling affected neighborhoods looking to see if anyone needs for repairs to be made to their home. While many of the contractors that are circling about are licensed, just as many others are not. Oftentimes, the unlicensed contractors are the ones offering the lowest bids because they have very little overhead.

Florida families pay fortune for substandard pools

Throughout Melbourne, Florida, people arrange to have pools built on their property. After all, Florida is famous for its warm weather, and it can be very pleasant to cool off from that weather with a refreshing swim in one's own backyard. Of course, that requires securing a builder who knows what they're doing, does a good job and fulfills the terms of the contract that you have with them. If they fail to, you can file suit for breach of contract.

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