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CONDO BUYERS SHOULD INVESTIGATE WHAT THEY DON'T KNOW

Florida’s legislature mandates non-developer sellers of residential condominiums provide certain condominium records to a prospective buyer if requested by the buyer under a contract to purchase ...
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HOMESTEAD SWEET HOMESTEAD

Florida homestead property is special. It is protected from creditor claims and gets property tax discounts. Florida even limits the ability to give away homestead in a Will or trust. All but the ...
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CONDOS, CO-OPS & HOAS... OH MY!

Florida offers residential purchasers a wide variety of options. Residences with amenities managed by an association are popular as they often provide something extra in the form of pool, tennis ...
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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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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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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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ATTORNEY FEES NOT ALWAYS AWARDED

Clients are often disappointed to find out attorney's fees are not part of every judgment. Most think it is only fair that because they have been wronged, one way or another, the wrongdoer should ...
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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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INCOME DEFINED BROADLY FOR CHILD SUPPORT

INCOME DEFINED BROADLY FOR CHILD SUPPORT By: William G. Morris, Esq. One of the hard-fought issues in divorce cases is child support. In an effort to minimize that battle, the legislature has ...
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CONDO DISCLOSURE MANDATED IN FLORIDA

Florida's legislature has been concerned with condominium regulation for almost 50 years. Florida's first Condominium Act was adopted in 1963 and has been amended almost every year since. The ...
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TRUSTS CAN BE CONFUSING-TRUST ME

Trusts have been around for centuries. Despite that long heritage, few people really understand trusts. There is not simply one type or form of trust. The same type of trust can even be referenced by ...
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DEEDS CONVEY REAL PROPERTY

Transfers of real property have been made for eons. It is possible even our caveman ancestors staked out claims to land. Modern ownership of real property is conveyed by a deed. Over the years, ...
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MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIRS REQUIRE WRITTEN ESTIMATES

Getting a car repaired can be one of the most frustrating experiences in life. Even though most repair shops do a good job and treat customers fairly, repairs can be more expensive than planned and ...
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JUDGE MUST EQUITABLY DIVIDE MARITAL ASSETS IN DIVORCE

Florida has no fault divorce. That means, if one of the parties says the marriage is over….it is over. Filing for a Florida divorce is relatively simple. One spouse must be a resident of ...
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FLORIDA IS A DEBTORS HAVEN

Florida takes a lot of pride in its balanced budget. Part of the effort to maintain a balanced budget is public policy protecting homes and families. Through both its Constitution and statutes, ...
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CLOSING COSTS

Sale price of real estate is not the only expense in a sale. There are a lot of expenses associated with buying or selling real estate and they can add up. Residential buyers and sellers are often ...
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SOME CONTRACT DEADLINES ARE FLEXIBLE

Some people believe that all provisions in a contract must be strictly performed. Others have a laissez faire attitude. Both can be right, depending on contract language and circumstances. Real estate ...
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CAN I FLY MY FLAG?

Over the years, condominium, cooperative and homeowners associations frequently battled with homeowners over the display of flags. Some battles included giant flag poles and giant flags. Others, were ...
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VISITOR CAN BE TRESPASSER, LICENSEE OR INVITEE

People seem to get hurt everywhere. Tripping, falling into holes, falling down stairs or something more painful. In many cases, the injured person's first thought is who can I sue? The property ...
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ESTATE PLANNING MISTAKES TO AVOID

The internet is awash with help for the do it yourself estate planner. It is also full of tips for the do it yourself auto mechanic, home electrician or plumber. If you like, there are even kits and ...
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