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July 2019 Archives

Lawsuit challenges California land acquisition under trust

Trusts are often recognized as one of the best ways to convey property or money to someone as part of an estate plan. The reasons to create a trust extend from saving on possible taxes to seeing that a lifetime wish is enacted during a person's life.

How can I show that a non-compete agreement is not valid?

Most employees are required to sign a non-compete agreement before they start a new job. This helps the employer to ensure that their business is protected in the event of an employee leaving the company and moving on.

What are common ways that Florida doctors breach their contracts?

A study conducted by Today's Hospitalist shows that at least 70% of all physicians leave their first employer within at least two years of starting their job. Many of them do so to take on a more exciting opportunity elsewhere. They're often so eager to start the new role that they don't take time to closely review their employment contract. This results in many doctors being sued for breach of contract.

Hurricane season tip: Now is the time to vet contractors

Hurricanes are part of life in Florida. While there aren't any predicted for the near future, this is a perfect time to review some tips about what you need to look for in a contractor if your property sustains damage during a major storm. Contractors are extremely busy after a hurricane, so this is a time when unscrupulous individuals try to make a quick dollar by preying on desperate homeowners.

4 questions to answer before closing on commercial real estate

If you're in the market for commercial real estate, you're probably looking forward to the day when you finally make a purchase. As excited as you may be, it's critical to pay attention to the many details associated with your transaction.

Take a final walk-through before closing on Florida home purchase

Your home most likely is your biggest investment, and when you've been through all the steps required to purchase the property, from negotiating the purchase price to securing the mortgage loan, you're understandably a bit antsy to sign the final papers, get the keys and move in.

Should you buy commercial property in a mixed-use building?

One option you have when considering commercial property is to buy space in a mixed-use building. While many buildings are zoned for either commercial or residential use, these buildings are zoned for both. The classic example is an apartment building with apartments on the top few floors and shops and stores on the ground floor.

Noncompete agreements must be considered carefully

The business world is full of contracts and agreements. One of these is a non-compete agreement, which is made between an employer and an employee. Typically, they are done to prevent the employee to use what they learned at the employer's business to help competitors.

When can a Florida trustee be removed from their role?

Individuals set up trusts for a variety of reasons. Some do it to protect a loved one's eligibility for government benefits. Others do so to keep their assets from being overtaxed. Some do it so they can more easily transfer property to their heirs without it passing through probate.

Holding builders responsible for defects with your new home

Few things in life bring more excitement than purchasing a new home. After all, your house is likely your largest investment. You also want a nice place to live or raise a family. If your new home turns out to be a lemon, though, your exhilaration may quickly turn to despair. 

Developers and contractors share responsibility for flaws

If you asked most developers, they'd likely tell you that the responsibility for ensuring that a property is built to appropriate standards and is safe belongs to the contractors they hire. Florida Statute (Fla. Stat.) 718.203 paints a different picture, however, of the responsibilities of developers. In describing warranty laws, the Florida Condominium Act describes how both the developer and contractor are equally accountable for any defects that may be discovered.

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