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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Basic Considerations for Residential Roofing in Florida Part 1 of 3

April 30, 2014 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Roofing systems are an integral part of any new construction. There are a number of things to consider when selecting a new roof system. Of course, cost and durability head the list, but aesthetics and architectural style are important, too. The right roof materials and system for your home is one that balances these considerations. This is a three part blog that will discuss basic residential roofing considerations in Florida. Part I will discuss the basic components and types of roofs.

April 2014 Firm Newsletter: What Inspires Motivation?

April 30, 2014 Newsletters

Featured in the April 2014 Issue Partner’s Perspective: What Inspires Motivation? J&C Partners Included in Jacksonville Magazine Best Lawyers Board Certified List J&C Case Featured in the News March Madness Party Featured in This Month’s Resident News New Law Blogs Curiosities, Ruminations and Various Eccentricities of Firm Biz Click to […]

Disgorgement of Funds by Unlicensed Parties

April 29, 2014 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

Florida law requires certain types of persons to be licensed in order to do business. Lawyers, realtors, and even construction contractors are among those professions regulated by specific licensing requirements. So, what happens when a party unknowingly contracts with a person who is required to be licensed but is not? The penalties for doing business without the proper licensing are harsh, and can even result in criminal charges and the return of all monies paid (known as disgorgement). This post explores certain remedies for engaging an unlicensed person or entity.

Difficulty Calculating Delay Damages: Total Cost Method & Liquidated Damages

April 24, 2014 Construction Industry Legal Blog

You have successfully proven that a delay occurred and effectively addressed the common and most applicable defenses. Now comes the part of the process for determining the amount of damages that resulted from the delay. Calculating the amount of damages is rarely a simple task. A common theme of this series so far is that there are numerous factors and methods used when dealing with delay damages. Calculating the amount of damages is no exception. This Blog post delves into two methods that are used when ascertaining the amount of damages is extremely difficult: a liquidated damages clause and the Total Cost Method.

Terminating Condominiums According to the Florida Condominium Act: Part IV

April 23, 2014 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

This is Part IV in a series of Blog posts dedicated to explaining the process for the termination of condominiums according to the Florida Condominium Act. Previous posts in this series discussed the process of termination due to economic waste, the impossibility to continue as a condominium, and the purchase of condominium property by a developer. Part III explained the required provisions within a plan of termination. This post explains the steps that must be taken to properly execute the plan of termination and what must be done after the plan is executed and in effect.

Lenders and Vendors Beware: Deprizio can Spoil Your Insider Guarantees – but a Waiver may Protect You

April 22, 2014 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

Lenders and trade vendors often sagely require personal guarantees from the insiders of their debtor. In the event of debtor bankruptcy, a creditor may look to the insider-guarantor to satisfy the debt. The creditor’s ability to be made whole, then, is directly related to the financial position of the insider-guarantor. There is a problem: the Deprizio doctrine can erode the insider-guarantor’s financial position. Under the doctrine, the bankruptcy Trustee may disgorge assets from the guarantor that could otherwise satisfy the debt. Luckily, there is a solution to the Deprizio problem: a carefully crafted guaranty agreement that waives the guarantor’s claim against the bankruptcy debtor. This blog post explains the problem and clarifies the solution.

Official Records of Condominium Associations Part 3 of 3

April 21, 2014 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

Section 718.111(12) of the Florida Condominium Act and Rules 61B-22.002, 61B-22.003(3), 61B-23.002(7) and 61B-23.0021(13) of the Florida Administrative Code provide guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of the association’s official records. Part 1 of this 3 part blog identified what records constitute official condominium association documents. Part 2 of this blog identified what records are specifically exempt from inspection by unit owners. This posting will identify specific official records retention requirements and logistical considers associated with unit owner inspections of official records.

Obtaining Attorney’s Fees as Costs on Dismissed Actions

April 18, 2014 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

In litigation, under the right set of facts and law, the losing party is responsible for the attorney’s fees of the prevailing party. But, this determination is not always so simple. This post explores a recent decision where the litigants were entitled to fees under the contract, but fees were not plead in the answer and the case was voluntarily dismissed. Specifically, Lopez v. Bank of America, N.A., 2D12-1270, 2014 WL 1245609 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014) clarifies recovery of attorney’s fees when they are awardable but not plead by a defendant in a dismissed lawsuit.

Terminating Condominiums According to the Florida Condominium Act: Part III

April 17, 2014 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

This is Part III in a series of Blog posts discussing the process for the termination of condominiums according to Section 718.117 of the Florida Condominium Act. Part I of this series focused on the process for termination due to economic waste or impossibility to continue. Part II discussed the optional termination process, which was added to the statutes in 2007. This Blog post provides an overview of the plan of termination and the required provisions to be included in the plan according to the Florida Statutes.

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