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June 2019 Archives

Did undue influence undermine a trust?

You knew that your organization was going to benefit from someone's estate when they passed away. The two of you had talked about it before; you were both friends, they'd been very involved in your organization over the years and it was important to them.

Erecting a fence in Florida has specific legal requirements

Your home is your castle, and that includes the property that you own around it. The boundaries of your property are important because they determine where you can do things you want and where your neighbors are free to do what they want.

How to prove undue influence in trust litigation

There can be a lot of uncertainties surrounding the death of a loved one. Unfortunately, the estate administration process can be murky and disconcerting. If something seems fishy during the administration of a trust, it can cause beneficiaries to ask a lot of questions.

When can a therapist breach their confidentiality agreement?

Health care is a highly regulated industry. There are certain rules and regulations that mental health counselors or therapists must familiarize themselves with and adhere to if they wish to remain in compliance with state and federal laws. One obligation they have is to provide their patients with a privacy disclosure outlining their responsibility to protect their confidentiality. Some situations call for breaching this contract though.

Report says engineer at fault in Florida bridge collapse

A new pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed last year after an inspection by engineers who failed to note the risk of such an event and order it closed, according to a report prepared by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

What causes poor construction quality?

It's important that construction work is done properly because poor quality can affect the safety, longevity and the beauty of the building. If you are unhappy with the outcome of a construction project that you commissioned, you may be wondering what you can do to gain some form of compensation.

Know your rights when construction projects go awry

Hiring a contractor is a big undertaking. You have to be sure they understand the scope of the project and that they are able to do it suitably. You must also determine how the bid fits into your budget. There is also the matter of the timeline for the project. You can't allow a construction project to drone on and on forever. Once you have discussed the matter with the contractor you choose, a contract is signed and the project can move forward.

How to pick charitable trust benefactors

An important instrument that many individuals of means often set up as part of their estate planning toolkit is a trust. By doing so, they provide their heirs or beneficiaries with many tax savings benefits. Many people decide to leave behind some assets to their family members or close friends. Others leave their remaining assets to their favorite organization as part of a charitable trust. Picking the right charity to leave your assets to isn't always easy, however.

4 ways to turn a house flip into a nightmare

It is impossible to turn on HGTV these days without seeing a show devoted to flipping houses. While there is a big difference between television and reality, turning a rundown residence into someone’s dream home may be an effective way to turn a profit. The venture is not without risk, though. 

A new law to do away with doctor noncompete agreements in Florida

A recent report published by the Florida Department of Health shows that the state is facing a shortage. Health care analysts note that the existence of noncompete agreements that doctors are forced to sign may be to blame for the shortage. Many physicians who sign on to work for larger health care companies are asked to sign these as a condition of an offer of employment.

Florida family loses $77,000 in apparent real estate scam

A Florida family is out $77,000, the apparent victims of a scam in a real estate transaction. The extended family – a woman and her boyfriend, her mother, sister and brother-in-law – pooled their money to buy a home in Jensen Beach.

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