What to Do When Your Tenant Damages the Property

Anyone who has ever served as a landlord likely understands that renting out property is rarely a walk in the park. Landlords often get a bad reputation due to a select few who take advantage of their perceived position of power over their renters, but there are just as many, if not more tenants who abuse the property, break the law, fail to pay rent, and take advantage of the landlord’s kindness. Both tenants and landlords have rights they ...
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3 Potential Ways to Terminate a Florida Pre-Construction Contract

Just because you’ve signed a pre-construction contract on a Florida home or condo does not always mean you are completely locked into the transaction. Circumstances in our lives can change in an instant, and as a buyer it may become necessary for you to attempt to terminate your pre-construction contract. However, pre-construction condo and home deposits are significant, and no one wants to lose that money if they are forced to back out of the ...
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Real Estate Law: Understanding the Appraisal

An appraisal is a professionally judged opinion on the value of something—in this case, a home or some other form of real estate—usually based on the market value. Whether you are looking to obtain a mortgage to buy a home, or you want to refinance an existing mortgage, your lender will likely require you to obtain a professional appraisal of the property. Lenders usually require an appraisal in order to determine if the home could actually be ...
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5 Ways an Attorney Can Help You Buy a Home

When most people enter into the process of buying a home, many of them mistakenly only thinking about utilizing the services of one professional: a Realtor. Certainly, real estate agents can provide some useful services in helping you find your potential home, but there are actually a number of legal issues involved in the home-buying process that are better suited to the professional knowledge and experience of a real estate ...
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Construction Contract Necessities

As a construction company, the nature of your work puts you in a position of serious liability. There will always be a lot of risks and potential for things to go wrong in just about any job you take. Thus, the importance of utilizing detailed contracts in all of your business dealings cannot be overstated. First and foremost is your contract with the homeowner or person you are building a property for. The details of your contracts with ...
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Short Sale Buying v. Non Short Sale Buying

Short sales and mortgages have both existed for a long time.  However, the dramatic increase during the recent Great Recession has let many homeowners and would be homeowners to become more familiar with the term and the process.  A short sale allows a homeowner who cannot afford to continue paying a mortgage to avoid foreclosure by short selling the property.  On the buying side, a buyer benefits from a potential discount on the purchase of the ...
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Florida Probate Lawyer

In almost all cases, you will need an attorney to assist you in processing a Florida probate. In rare exceptions of very small estates, you may be able to manage the administration without an attorney. Formal administration has so many technical rules and pitfalls that it can be very frustrating for the non-lawyer. Florida's probate system is too complex for most personal representatives to follow without guidance, and the courts are not set ...
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6 Factors That May Prevent You From Closing on Your Dream Home, Part II

In our last blog, we detailed three scenarios and problems that could potentially stand in your way of successfully closing on the home of your dreams, including title search issues, a low appraisal, and the failure to sell your old home. For more information on these hurdles, click here to read Part I of this blog series. Whenever you seek to buy a home, always keep in mind that a successful closing is not a foregone conclusion simply ...
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6 Factors That May Prevent You From Closing on Your Dream Home, Part I

So you’ve put in an offer on your dream home, and the seller has accepted it! Congratulations, this is a very big step in and of itself. However, don’t get your hopes up too high just yet. An accepted offer most certainly does not mean that the home is yours. There are some major mountains that you will have to cross in order to actually close on the home, and there are a number of things that could occur that will turn your dream home ...
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Restaurant Law in Florida

Restaurant Law in Floirda may be quite complex. It not only involves understanding the restaurant business but also involves obtaining the proper permits, licensing and legal and regulation compliance. This legal aspect of the business is resturant law nad should be left to a lawyer who handles these types of matter. For Example, Shopping center space negotiations are not simple because the Landlords attempt to impose most obligations on the ...
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