Yearly Archives: 2014

Accountability for Building Code Violations in Florida

Section 553.781, Florida Statutes, provides a measure to require the design professionals and contractors to comply with the Building Code. The Legislature found that accountability for work performed by design professionals and contractors is the key to strong and consistent … Read Full Post

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Acceleration of Debt in Mortgage Foreclosures: Beware of the Statute of Limitations

By: James O. Birr, III

Mortgage foreclosures in Florida took an interesting twist in December 2014, due to the recent decision in Deutsche Bank Trust Company, et al. v. Beauvais, et al. This decision effects the time period for bringing foreclosure claims in the event of acceleration and a prior dismissal of a foreclosure lawsuit. Read Full Post

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Sole Proprietorships, Corporations and LLC’s: Choosing the Entity Form that is Right for You

By: Brandon C. Meadows, Esq.
Florida entrepreneurs and businesses must make a decision to form the most appropriate business entity to suit their needs. Whether you are in the early stages of a start-up company, or whether you are a growing business in need of new corporate structure, there are many different considerations that will aid you in selecting the entity form that is right for your business. This article addresses several key considerations and distinctions between sole proprietorships, corporations and limited liability companies. Among those key considerations discussed are ownership requirements, equity allocation, formation and filing fees, governing documents, tax implications, liability, managerial authority, fiduciary duties, raising capital and sharing profits. Read Full Post

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Avoiding Successor Liability When Purchasing A Business

By Hans C. Wahl, Esq.

When purchasing a business, prospective buyers must take extreme care to ensure they are not also assuming the liabilities of that business. Florida follows the traditional corporate law rule which generally does not impose the liabilities of a predecessor business on a successor business. However, that rule is not absolute and exceptions exist that may result in a purchaser becoming responsible for the debts of the business being acquired. This Blog post will discuss the exceptions to the general rule and provide guidance on avoiding successor liability when purchasing a business. Read Full Post

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Condo Associations Must Ensure That Accepting Partial Payments from Delinquent Unit Owners Won’t be Considered Payment in Full

By Hans C. Wahl, Esq.

Condominium association budgets suffer significantly when unit owners become delinquent in paying assessments. Moreover, the burden for those unpaid assessments falls on the responsible unit owners who must make up the shortfall in the next yearly budget, which often results in higher assessments across the board. For this reason it is important that associations have collections policies in place to pursue unpaid assessments. However, associations must ensure that in their zeal to collect unpaid assessments that accepting partial payments from delinquent unit owners won’t be considered payment in full of the entire debt owed. This blog post will discuss a recent court case which serves as a loud warning to all associations when accepting partial payments from delinquent unit owners.
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Unlicensed Contracting in Florida: Beware of Arbitrating This Issue

By: James O. Birr, III

The Florida Statutes provide for licensing of certain contractors performing work in this state. If a contractor does not have the requisite licensing, that contractor will not be able to enforce its contract or lien rights. See Florida Statute Section 489.128. This is a dagger to any person seeking to enforce such an illegal contact. While on its face, this statute appears clear, when a party is in arbitration, such an illegal contact may still be enforceable. The Village at Dolphin Commerce Center, LLC, vs. Construction Service Solutions, LLC.
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Construction Industry Licensing Board Part II – Proper Methods for Certified General Contractor to Obtain Roofing Experience

Many Florida contractors and license holders have a general understanding of the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board (“CILB”), but like many quasi-judicial bodies, it can remain a mystery to those who practice and appear in front of the CILB. For … Read Full Post

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Expert Testimony Admission Standard in Florida: An Analysis of the 2013 Transition from Frye to Daubert

By virtue of HB 7015, signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, effective July 1, 2013, Florida state courts will no longer apply the “Frye standard” (Frye v. United States, 293 F. 2d 1013 (D. C. Cir. 1923)) for determining the admissibility of expert testimony. Instead, Florida now follows Section 90.702, Florida Statutes, which incorporates the “Daubert standard” for expert witness admissibility as reflected in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U. S. 579 (1993), and its most notable progeny, General Electric Co. v. Joiner, 522 U. S. 136 (1997), and Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael, 526 U. S. 137 (1999). This Blog post will examine the “Daubert standard” and discuss how it may impact litigation moving forward. Read Full Post

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Avoiding the Selective Enforcement Defense When Enforcing Condominium Association Rules and Regulations

By Hans C. Wahl, Esq.

One of the most challenging aspects of effectively running and operating a condominium association is the constant turnover in board membership and the inconsistency this creates concerning rules enforcement. Most association board seats are up for reelection at least every two years if not every year. When members decide to run for the board, they often do so because they feel the current board is not properly running the association or enforcing its rules. Yet once a newly elected and motivated board attempts to right the ship and enforce the bylaws and rules and regulations, it finds itself having to respond to selective enforcement defenses due to the prior board’s failure to act. This presents quite the conundrum. Board members have a fiduciary duty to enforce the association’s governing documents but cannot do so effectively. There must be a solution. This Blog post will discuss how a board can avoid the selective enforcement defense when enforcing condominium association rules and regulations. Read Full Post

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Anti-Waiver Provisions in Contracts

Parties in litigation often argue waiver or estoppel in an attempt to counter an adversary’s claims or defenses.   A carefully crafted “anti-waiver” provision in a contract, however, can go a long way to avoid these waiver and/or estoppel arguments. Under … Read Full Post

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