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August 2018 Archives

Protecting a charitable trust when an heir tries to access it

As a not-for-profit business or charitable organization, you depend largely on the generosity of donors. Donations can take many forms. Some people like to give monthly gifts, while others will give a lump sum in December to help with their tax liability. Still others choose to leave behind a portion of their assets in their last will to charities that they support.

How to prove undue influence

Undue influence when it comes to estate planning is the act of influencing the choices of another individual, many times against his or her own free will. It happens surprisingly often, including a recent case in Florida where caretakers defrauded an elderly woman out of over $1 million. 

Advice for avoiding a construction lawsuit

The time, cost and headaches involved with the typical construction lawsuit are substantial. Whether you're the buyer of real estate or a construction business, you'll want to do everything you can to avoid such legal altercations.

Hurricane season can be busy for contractors, don't get scammed

Hurricane season is a time during which residents remain alert and ensure they are keeping track of the tropics. There is a scramble after the hurricane hits to ensure that homes and businesses are fixed. This is a business boom for contractors and even handymen who are prepared to help people get things back together. Unfortunately, it is also a time that scammers might come out of the woodwork.

A Sunrise nurse and MedPro settle a breach of contract dispute

Management Health Systems, a Sunrise health-care staffing agency that does business as MedPro Healthcare Staffing, recently settled a breach of contract lawsuit that they'd filed against a Filipina nurse that they'd recruited.

What are some common commercial real estate title problems?

Purchasing a commercial property, for whatever reason, can be one of the most exciting purchases you will ever make in your life. You might be venturing into the restaurant industry or you are opening a retail store. Maybe you are opening a warehouse. It doesn't matter what it is you are doing, the purchase is a big one and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. So, what are some of the common commercial real estate title problems you could encounter?

Feds seizing south Florida condo in $1B money laundering case

The U.S. Federal government is seeking to seize the "Porsche Design Tower," a condominium in Sunny Isle Beach, that's been embroiled in a billion-dollar Venezuelan money laundering scandal. According to federal prosecutors, the real estate project has played a pivotal role in a massive scheme to siphon money from Venezuela's government-run oil enterprise, PDVSA, and launder it through fraudulent Miami-area real estate investments.

Contract enforcement is important in all businesses

Contracts play an important role in the business world. You need to know that the people you are doing business with will do what they are supposed to do. With a contract, you can be assured that things will go correctly or you will have specific recourse. We know that you hope you will never have to call a contract into play when you are dealing with anything related to your business, but there will likely be times when you do.

A Florida developer sues its subcontractor for shoddy work

A West Palm Beach company, Kast Construction, has sued its Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, subcontractor, Titus Construction, for performing allegedly shoddy work on a condo building named ONE St. Petersburg. The subcontractor has countersued Kast on the grounds that they were asked to complete work that wasn't in the contract nor compensated for.

How to handle foreclosure stress

Knowing that you'll be going through a foreclosure can bring on a lot of stress before you even start the process. Once it gets underway, that stress only increases. This is a complex legal process, it has a drastic impact on your life and it all stems from financial trouble that was stressful enough to start with.

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