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Blog Posts in 2021

READ IT (THE CONTRACT) OR WEEP

Bought a new car recently? A house? Applied for a loan? New software? Use the internet? All of these involve contracts and most of the contracts are small print and many pages long. Contracts are ...
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PAYMENT OF A JUDGMENT IS NOT AUTOMATIC

When someone files a lawsuit, they expect to get paid after they win. Many think getting a judgment equates to payment and are shocked to find judgment only opens the door to collection. Payment of ...
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WHAT DO YOU GET FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT?

Contracts are important. We deal with contracts in virtually all aspects of our life. For "big" deals, most people rely on a written contract. Handshake or oral agreement is often used in ...
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COSTS ADD UP IN A REAL ESTATE SALE

Everyone understands sale price in a real estate contract. Most people remember they signed an agreement to pay a sales commission. But unless you read the contract, you might not know there are other ...
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CONDOMINIUMS RIGHTS TO APPROVE TRANSFERS

A condominium association's right to approve sales or leases is almost mythical. Most people believe associations have an inherent right to approve sales or leases, but that is not the case. ...
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PARENTING PLANS ARE FLORIDA'S ANSWER TO CHILD CUSTODY IN DIVORCE

Divorce is a traumatic experience for most and may impact children more than others. Florida courts have struggled with child issues in divorce cases. Judges have always been concerned with the best ...
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PROBATE EXPLAINED

Most people have heard about probate, but many do not understand what it is. In simplest terms, probate is the process by which assets and debts of the decedent are distributed and paid. A Will does ...
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TITLE COMPANY OR ATTORNEY FOR CLOSING

Florida consumers have a choice when closing a real estate purchase that is not available in all states. A buyer can choose an attorney for representation and issuance of title insurance or a title ...
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SMALL CLAIMS IS THE PEOPLE'S COURT

Lawsuits can be complicated and lawyers are expensive. A typical lawsuit in Florida takes more than 12 months to complete and cases often take years. Lawsuits generally have 5 stages: investigation, ...
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ADDRESSING LEGAL MATTERS WHILE SAFER AT HOME

The COVID-19 pandemic affects us all. The Governor's Safer at Home Executive Order and business shut down has certainly changed our lives. Many businesses are closed. Others, such as restaurants, ...
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COVID-19 MAY NOT EXCUSE BREACH OF CONTRACT

Stay-at-home orders, furloughs, business closings and medical issues are all part of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, economic hardship is real. For others, perceived economic hardship is an ...
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ESTATE PLANNING PROVIDES LIFETIME PROTECTIONS

When most people think of estate planning, they think about giving their assets away after death. But, estate planning should involve so much more. An attorney discussing estate planning with his or ...
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ESTATE PLANNING TO AVOID PROBATE REQUIRES THOUGHT

Estate planning is something many put off for years and in some cases their entire life. Thinking of one's mortality is not necessarily appealing, and taking time with an attorney to prepare ...
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FLORIDA HOMESTEAD IS PROTECTED FROM CREDITORS

Most people know that Florida provides special tax treatment for homestead property. A more important benefit may be Florida's Constitution protection from creditor claims. Article X, Subsection 4 ...
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