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In What County Will My Lawsuit Be Filed?
In What County Will My Lawsuit Be Filed? Mon, Mar 14, 2016 When someone believes they have been harmed they often turn to the judicial system for a remedy. But what happens if the potential defendant lives in another location? Although a person's first inclination may be to seek out the help of an attorney i... Read More

An Important Condominium Issue To Be Aware Of - Florida Statute 718.110(13)
An Important Condominium Issue To Be Aware Of - Florida Statute 718.110(13) Wed, Oct 14, 2015 For some people the purchase of a condominium unit signifies a change in lifestyle.  They are moving from their detached home with its lawn and frequent maintenance to a relatively care free unit often overlooking the ocean, a river, or a golf course... Read More

Tenants in Foreclosure
Tenants in Foreclosure Thu, Jul 02, 2015 It is the nightmare of every tenant.  You pay rent, don’t cause any trouble, and suddenly you learn that the property you live in is going through a foreclosure. Worse yet, some tenants do not become aware of the foreclosure until after it is complet... Read More

Does the Homeowners Association Have Teeth?
Does the Homeowners Association Have Teeth? Mon, May 04, 2015 A Homeowners Association, also known as an “HOA,” is an interesting creature of statute. When an individual buys a property governed by an HOA they automatically become a member of the association and their property is subject to the restrictions set... Read More

Asset Protection – Avoiding the Fraudulent Transfer Thu, Feb 12, 2015 Most every lawsuit has two phases: obtaining a judgment and collecting on the judgment.  When an individual loses a lawsuit or is threatened with a lawsuit one of their first thoughts is how to shield their assets so as to prevent collection. Read More

When Someone Dies – The First 48 (Part One)
When Someone Dies – The First 48 (Part One) Tue, Oct 07, 2014 When a death occurs the surviving family members are often faced with numerous questions and uncertainties as to their responsibilities.  One of the first issues that must be addressed is how the body will be cared for. Read More

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: An Overview of Mediation
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: An Overview of Mediation Thu, Aug 07, 2014 During the 1980s, a scholar, poet, and overall gentlemen by the name of Vanilla Ice released the hit single, “Ice, Ice, Baby.”  For those who know the song, it opens with Vanilla Ice emphatically shouting, “stop, collaborate and listen.” Read More

Evictions: How Fast Does the Clock Tick?
Evictions: How Fast Does the Clock Tick? Thu, Jun 12, 2014 When a property owner seeks to evict a tenant they always want to know how long the process will take.  For most, the initial impression is that the entire action takes approximately forty-eight hours, or that an eviction is as simple as changing the... Read More

Is a Penny Saved Worth a Lawsuit Earned? Wed, Apr 23, 2014 In the world of internet search engines, information “clouds”, and ready-made forms, I have increasingly noticed that individuals are attempting to self-draft their own legal documents.  As someone who prides himself on being cost-c... Read More

Picking Your Personal Representative Mon, Feb 24, 2014 When people make a will they generally focus on what they wish to have done with their property upon their passing.  Although that is certainly important, one of the most overlooked aspects of estate planning is choosing the right person to car... Read More

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