Yearly Archives: 2017

Residential Security Deposits in Florida: A Landlord’s Guide for Retention of Deposits & Payment of Interest

Security deposits are obviously one of the most important tools for landlords to protect their property when leasing it to a tenant.  However, when accepting a security deposit, residential landlords must comply with Florida law governing how security deposit must … Read Full Post

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Can Community Associations Ban Smoking in Common Elements, Limited Common Elements and Units?

Smoking is not as popular as it used to be.  It’s now perceived as more of a nuisance than it is hip.  Due to health issues and medical concerns, many private establishments enforce rules against smoking.  In fact, state law … Read Full Post

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Florida’s Economic Loss Rule in Construction Litigation

The importance of the economic loss rule in construction law cannot be overstated. If a construction project goes south, the economic loss rule allows construction law attorneys to identify which parties to the project can bring what types of claims … Read Full Post

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Establishing and Defending Attacks on Personal Jurisdiction in Florida

When an out-of-state defendant gets slapped with a summons from a Florida court with an order to appear and defend a lawsuit, the defendant may have questions (among other things, to say the least). Specifically, the defendant will not only … Read Full Post

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The Most Common Licensing Violations Committed by Certified Contractors: Part One

This series will discuss the five most common violations prosecuted by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) pertaining to certified contractors.  Part I of this series will discuss permitting violations and the steps to take in order to … Read Full Post

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What You See is Not Always What it Seems: Due Diligence in the Mergers and Acquisitions Process Part III –Operational Due Diligence

Previously, I wrote a blog highlighting a business purchaser’s need to do due diligence on its prospective target company.  As stated, the due diligence process can be split into three parts:  (1) legal; (2) financial; and (3) operational.  I began … Read Full Post

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FEMA Hold On, They Aren’t Going for the Home

For community associations, when an owner goes into foreclosure, the best-case scenario is that the bank or mortgagee moves the property swiftly through the foreclosure process, and a new owner then takes possession and begins paying the assessments as they … Read Full Post

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Inverse Condemnation – Property Owners’ Damages

In Florida, property owners are entitled to receive full and fair compensation when their property is taken by a governmental entity.  Property takings can involve less than a property owner’s entire property.  When that happens, full compensation for the property … Read Full Post

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What You See is Not Always What it Seems: Due Diligence in the Mergers & Acquisitions Process Part II –Financial Due Diligence

Previously, I wrote a blog highlighting a business purchaser’s need to do due diligence on its prospective target company.  As stated, the due diligence process can be split into three parts:  (1) legal; (2) financial; and (3) operational.  I began … Read Full Post

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Florida Contractor Licensing

Florida contractors’ licenses are separated into two distinct types for regulatory purposes, certified or registered.  Each license type has its distinct benefits and drawbacks which should be discussed and weighed with your clients prior to proceeding with the licensure process. … Read Full Post

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