A Brief Overview of the Zoning Analysis

One of the most important things you need to do before you start building on a property is to conduct a zoning analysis. A zoning analysis determines the legal rights of building on the property. It assesses the local zoning codes to find out the legal development limitations, including things such as the height, size, and square footage allowed for a building in that zone. Here is everything you need to know about zoning analysis. When ...
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Zoning Law 101: How to Obtain a Zoning Variance

Zoning variances provide administrative relief from zoning requirements that would present unique difficulties for a property owner when strict compliance is enforced. It essentially allows the property owner to disregard a specific ordinance provision after the Zoning Board of Appeals conducts its investigations. Variance requests could include things such as relief from parking, building height, setback, and landscaping requirements.  The ...
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4 Benefits of Having an Attorney Help You Close a Real Estate Sale

If you are planning to buy a new home, you will probably encounter a lot of new information and details that might be a little too complicated. A real estate attorney can help you avoid costly mistakes and ensure that you do not get the raw end of the bargain. Here are 4 reasons you should have an attorney help you close a real estate sale. 1. Negotiating Contracts Contracts are an essential part of any real estate sale. When buying a ...
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3 Factors Courts Consider When Calculating Alimony Payments

Alimony is one of the most important issues in divorce. When calculating alimony payments, the judge takes into consideration the length of the marriage and the respective incomes of the spouses. The final amount is determined by other circumstances that are relevant to that particular case. Then the judge decides how long you will make those payments. Here are 3 factors courts consider when calculating alimony payments. 1. Need for Alimony ...
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A Brief Overview of the Foreclosure Discovery Process

Discovery is a crucial weapon against the banks, when they are looking to acquire your home through foreclosure. It entails requesting information that is relevant to the lawsuit from the other party, including any evidence they have that suggests they are entitled to your home. Here is a brief overview of the foreclosure discovery process. Types of Discovery 1. Interrogatories – these are general questions you ask the bank. For example, ...
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A Brief Overview of Emergency Bankruptcy

If you need to stop an impending creditor action fast, you can file for chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy. Doing this will trigger an order for automatic stay from the court, subsequently prohibiting creditors from collecting your assets (with certain exceptions). However, filing for bankruptcy is not a quick process and you could incur heavy losses by the time the order is given. This is where emergency bankruptcy comes into play. How Emergency ...
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Understanding Motions of Contempt

If you fail to comply with a court order, you can be held in contempt of court. In family law, a motion of contempt is a request to the court to enforce the terms of a prior court order for issues with things like spousal support, child support, and visitation. Here is everything you need to know about these motions in Florida. The Basic Rules Motions of contempt can be caused as a result of either a person’s action or inaction. The basic ...
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Understanding the Difference Between Surety and Fidelity Bonds

Bonds are versatile financial instruments that can be issued by federal institutions, state governments, and even companies as a security or financing source. The issuance of a bond represents an obligation to repay a certain amount of money over a period of time - sometimes with interest - that the issuing entity has towards the person or organization buying the bond. If bonds are released as a means to raise money - for example, for investment ...
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4 Things Florida Courts Consider as Part of the Child’s Best Interests

Virtually every child custody decision is based on the child’s best interests. This means that the judge uses a number of factors to determine custody arrangements. These factors vary from state to state, since child custody cases are handled slightly differently in every state. Here are 4 things Florida courts consider as part of the child’s best interests. 1. Emotional and Developmental Needs Parents are expected to put their children’s ...
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3 Scenarios Where a Modification Might Be Necessary

After finalizing your divorce, there is no other option but to pick up the pieces and move on to better things. Unfortunately, life is not perfect and there are certain situations that may force you to revisit the terms of your divorce agreement with your ex sometime in the future. Perhaps your employer has suffered financial hardship and has to re-evaluate everyone’s salary or the children’s needs have increased considerably since your last ...
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