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Blog Posts in October, 2022

FINES AND THE UNRULY CONDO TENANT

Close living quarters of condominium living can magnify nuisances. What might not be a problem due to separation of single-family homes can reach the annoying and even intolerable level in a ...
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ESCALATION CLAUSES-BUYER AND SELLER BEWARE

Calling the local real estate market red-hot is like calling a bonfire a campfire. Properties can sell within hours of going on the market. Some properties sell for more than the listed price. ...
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CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS REQUIRE ATTENTION

Most residential construction contractors do a good job for a reasonable price. That does not mean homeowners should contract with a handshake. A written contract is always a good idea to confirm the ...
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FORCING A SELLER TO CLOSE

The real estate market is red-hot. Sellers can have seller’s remorse in a normal market, thinking property was sold too cheap. When the market is on fire, even more sellers think they sold too ...
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GETTING A JUDGMENT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF TRYING TO GET PAID

A lot of people think that when someone gets a judgment in a court case they get paid. That is especially true in Small Claims Court, where a majority of people represent themselves. Experienced trial ...
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WHAT HAPPENS IN A LAWSUIT

Lawsuits get a lot of publicity. But, even those in a lawsuit may not know what is happening. This column will explain the process of a lawsuit in Florida state (not federal) courts. The party filing ...
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CONDOMINIUM OWNERS GET ACCESS TO ASSOCIATION RECORDS

Florida’s Condominium Act goes a long way to ensure transparency in governance and operation of a condominium association. The earliest version of the Act required associations maintain ...
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PROBATE EXPLAINED

Seems like everyone has heard about probate. Many think probate is a four letter word describing a process that is arduous, painful and time-consuming. Some think probate is a simple process, ...
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PAYMENT MIGHT BE DUE EVEN IF NO CONTRACT

Contracts are part of our everyday life. The legal definition of A contract is agreement created by an offer, acceptance of the offer and consideration. A contract must also evidence that the parties ...
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LAWSUIT TERMS EXPLAINED

People hear about lawsuits all the time. Some people are involved in a lawsuit. Even those involved in a lawsuit may not understand what is happening, because they do not understand the terms used by ...
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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS

Estate planning can be confusing. The internet is full of “helpful” information, much of which is wrong. Attorneys sometimes do a poor job of explaining. That can leave a big gap between a ...
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