Author Archives: James O. Birr, III, Esq.

The Corporate Representative’s Deposition: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

As my high school baseball coach used to say, “proper preparation prevents poor performance.”  The saying is equally applicable in preparing for any deposition.  Litigation often involves depositions of witnesses, which can be fact witnesses, expert witnesses, as well as … Read Full Post

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Construction Disputes: Beware of Contractual Damages Provisions

Under Florida law, when a party violates or “breaches” a contract, the amount of money the non-breaching party is entitled to recover depends on the types of damages allowed by law and/or the parties’ contract. As a result, it is … Read Full Post

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What Roofers Need to Know About the New Assignment of Benefits Legislation

In the past, when a homeowner needed certain roof repairs, that homeowner could not only look to a roofer to fix his or her roof, but potentially to an insurance company to pay that roofer for those repairs. This relationship … Read Full Post

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Spoliation Of Evidence: When Does An Individual Or Business Have An Obligation To Preserve Evidence?

When litigation arises, parties to that litigation need evidence to prove their cases.  In many instances, non-parties may have documentary evidence to support and/or refute the litigants’ positions in that lawsuit.  But, what is a non-party’s obligation to preserve evidence … Read Full Post

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Roofing 101: Common Legal Issues and Concerns

Under Florida law, a roofer must have a license to perform work in Florida. Roofers (or “roofing contractors”) are classified as Division II Contractors under section 489.105(3), Florida Statutes. Roofing contractors must hold one of two distinct types of licenses. … Read Full Post

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Real Property Purchase and Sale Agreements: Beware of the Notice Provisions

Real property purchase and sale agreements often contain detailed requirements pertaining to termination, inspection, placing of deposits, and even the form in which certain notices to parties must be provided.  Of course, parties to such agreements must read and understand … Read Full Post

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Lease Agreements: Beware of the Lease Renewal Language

Many leases contain renewal language, allowing the lessee to renew the lease term after the original lease term expires.  These provisions sometimes contain notice requirements and fulfillment of certain conditions precedent.  In some instances, the leases may automatically renew.  In … Read Full Post

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“As Is” And NO Warranty Provisions In Contracts: Are They Always Enforceable?

Whether purchasing a business, a piece of real property, or even a car, there is likely a lengthy contract that goes along with that purchase.  Many of those contracts contain “as-is” or “no warranty” provisions.  These types of provisions may … Read Full Post

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Limiting Liability In Agreements: Exculpatory Provisions And Ambiguities

In many business transactions, parties attempt to limit their liabilities and shift risk.  Typically, it is the party with the most leverage in that business transaction that seeks to include exculpatory provisions to minimize its risk. As a general rule, … Read Full Post

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Construction Contracts: Arbitration and Venue Provisions

Many construction contracts for Florida projects contain arbitration provisions that require venue in a state, other than Florida.  The term “venue” refers to the location where litigation will take place, in the event a dispute arises.  Although Florida has a … Read Full Post

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