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July 2017 Archives

Contractor targets condominium owner in breach of contract suit

When an agreement or contract is made between two or more entities, either side can violate the agreement with a breach of contract. These violations harm the Florida economy and the way people do business in the state. For example, if a person gets away with breaching a contract, others might begin to think it is okay to do the same thing. This is why it is so important to hold the responsible party to account when a breach occurs.

9 unlicensed contractors are arrested in Sarasota for shoddy work

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Department announced on July 17, 2017 that they had arrested nine men for posing as licensed contractors. A spokesperson for the police department describes the men as being smooth-talking businessmen that despite having the ability to talk a good game, lacked the necessary skills to properly carry out the most basic construction projects. They also completed work without permits.

What are buyer closing costs for commercial property?

If you are planning to purchase a commercial property, no matter the size, you probably want to know what to expect when dealing with the closing costs. Closing costs are included in every real estate transaction and they are similar to the ones you face when buying residential property in Florida.

Construction litigation for poor workmanship or defects

When you hire a Florida contractor to work on your home or business, you probably feel that it is a critical undertaking. You also probably expect the contractor to do exactly what the job requires according to your agreement. What happens if the contractor does not perform in accordance with your agreement? What can you do about it?

Bringing a case for breach of contract in Florida

Contracts are important legal instruments that help accomplish trust between people and business for personal, commercial or legal reasons. It is important, therefore, to be aware of what a contract entitles a party to do if he or she believes another party has breached the terms of the contract.

Noncompete clauses are only appropriate in some circumstances

Some employees have contracts that they are bound by when they accept a job. These employees should make sure that they comply with the conditions of the contracts. Employers must do the same thing.

Timeshare conflicts lead to real estate litigation

Residents of Melbourne, Florida, engage in a high volume of real estate transactions. Many of these transactions go well, and lead to development that directly benefits the community. Some of the transactions, however, do not go well, and those can result in real estate litigation. Transactions that go awry can include those for timeshares.

What to bring to the closing for your new home

The day you close on your home might be referred to as "settlement day" or when you "close on escrow." No matter what you call it, it's the day in which the buyer and seller meet at the table to officially sign over the rights to the property from one owner to another.

The most common foreclosure scams in Florida

Going through foreclosure is a difficult process whether you own residential or commercial property. Foreclosure is the end of an era for a property owner that has come due to the loss of a job, debt, illness or even the death of a family member. Foreclosures happen across the state of Florida quite often, but you need to make yourself aware of the most common foreclosure scams in order to protect yourself.

How can I prevent landlord and tenant disputes?

Landlord and tenant disputes in Florida can arise at any time for many kinds of reasons. The longer it takes to resolve real estate disagreements, the harder it can be for everyone involved to move on with their lives. Unresolved landlord and tenant issues can lead to stress, lost rental income and legal complications. It is not possible to keep tenants from complaining about everything.

Learn how to handle trustee misconduct or trust litigation issues

When you are getting your estate plan together, you need to make sure that your wishes are clearly stated. There are some instances in which the terms of the estate might be a bit difficult to understand. These would include things like confusing wills or conflicting information. Avoiding these and making sure that your heirs and beneficiaries know what to expect can make things easier when you do pass away.

Charter jet contractor accused of violating noncompete agreement

The Orlando-based Stratos Jet Charters Inc. filed a lawsuit against one of its former contractors on June 5, 2017 in Florida's 9th District Circuit Court. The private charter company accuses an Orange County man and his current employer, Zephyr Jets Inc., of having breached the noncompete agreement he signed by soliciting its customers.

Benefits associated with investing in commercial real estate

As an investor, there are many different opportunities you can invest in. For some, they like to hedge their bets on the stock market. For others, they find investing in the residential real estate market to be best. Those who prefer to invest in non-tangible assets tend to overlook the benefits of buying up commercial real estate.

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