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Author: Austin B. Calhoun, Esq.

Lenders May Still Have to Participate in Foreclosure Mediation in Florida

January 20, 2021 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

In response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis, the Supreme Court of Florida established a statewide mandatory mediation program for residential mortgage foreclosures. Due to the mandatory mediation program being largely unsuccessful, the Supreme Court of Florida terminated the program on December 19, 2011. However, lenders should be aware that judges […]

Canceling and Rescheduling a Mortgage Foreclosure Sale Now Requires a Motion

October 9, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

In 2010, the Florida Supreme Court approved an amendment to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure regarding mortgage foreclosures and enacted new forms, such as Form 1.996(b), Motion to Cancel and Reschedule Foreclosure Sale. In 2014, the Florida Supreme Court renumbered this form to the current Form 1.996(c) (2019).  If […]

Florida’s Fast-Track Residential Foreclosure Process

August 24, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

Since 2013, residential foreclosure actions in Florida have been significantly shortened—from over two (2) years to possibly less than six (6) months—because of the new “fast-track” process provided in section 702.10, Florida Statutes. This fast-track foreclosure process starts with the filing of a “verified” foreclosure complaint that sufficiently alleges standing, […]

You Received an OSHA Citation, Now What? Steps Any Business Should Consider in Response to an OSHA Citation

July 31, 2020 Construction Industry Legal Blog

Within the last six months an inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) visited your premises and you just received a “Citation and Notification of Penalty” for violations allegedly identified during the OSHA inspection.  Now what?  OSHA citations can be confusing, frustrating, carry heavy penalties, and must be […]

Certification of Original Promissory Note is Required to Bring a Mortgage Foreclosure Action

July 20, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

In 2013, the Legislature enacted Section 702.015, Florida Statutes, which sets forth new pleading requirements for residential foreclosure actions. At that time, the Legislature requested the Florida Supreme Court to amend the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure to provide expedited foreclosure proceedings in conformity with Section 702.015. As such, the […]

Bringing a Residential Foreclosure Action? You Need a Verified Complaint

July 7, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

In 2010, the Florida Supreme Court amended Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.110(b) to include a verification provision in foreclosure complaints. Subsequently and in an effort to expediate the residential foreclosure process in Florida, the Legislature enacted Section 702.015, Florida Statutes, which sets forth additional pleading requirements for foreclosure complaints. […]

Tips and Strategies for Building Owners to Closeout a Construction Project

March 26, 2020 Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Winding up a construction project and transitioning occupancy to the building owner (i.e. project closeout) can be a harrowing ordeal for an owner with little to no construction experience.  Even for experienced owners, Project closeout can be a challenge and is often mishandled, leading to eleventh-hour emergencies, cost overruns, and […]

Florida Construction Lien: Final Furnishing – Does it Include Punchlist or Closeout Work?

April 8, 2019 Construction Industry Legal Blog

This blog is part of a series covering a critical component of a Florida construction lien—recording the claim of lien within 90 days’ of “final furnishing.”  Failing to record a claim of lien within the 90-day final-furnishing deadline renders the lien completely invalid and useless.  The trick is knowing when […]

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