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Four Alternative Methods to Obtain a Construction License in Florida

November 14, 2017 Construction Industry Legal Blog

The Department and CILB have several alternative construction licensing processes that are worth discussing.  While these provisions still utilize the normal application process, they are alternatives to the normal examination/experience or registration requirements of section 489.111, Florida Statutes.  1. Certification of Registered Contractors License (Grandfathering) Pursuant to Section 489.118, Florida Statutes, […]

Paying for Emergency Repairs to Florida Condominiums

November 10, 2017 Community Association Industry Legal Blog, Construction Industry Legal Blog

Florida is synonymous with condominium living as a way of life. It’s also synonymous with hurricanes. Hurricanes have largely shaped Florida’s construction industry in that the building code is shaped and modeled after the building of structures that can withstand the storms.  The building code creates certain high wind zones […]

And Your Association Thought Foreclosure was Bad? The Consequences of Tax Sales & Tax Deeds for Community Associations

November 2, 2017 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

It is a scenario familiar to every association: an owner falls behind on his or her assessments and doesn’t get current, and the association initiates the lien recordation and foreclosure process.  However, before the association can foreclose its lien and move the property to foreclosure sale, the mortgagee of the […]

Florida Takes First Step in Curbing Frivolous ADA Lawsuits by Allowing ADA Qualified Expert Reporting

October 31, 2017 Construction Industry Legal Blog

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) was enacted by Congress in 1990 to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in access to employment, governmental services and programs, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. As stated in the law, the ADA is “an Act to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of […]

Contractual Language That may Successfully Limit Fraud Claims

October 30, 2017 Insurance Industry Legal Blog, Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

Businessmen and women have been trying to eradicate fraud claims through contractual language since the beginning of Florida jurisprudence.  Historically, the attempt to “kill fraud claims with a contract” have been largely unsuccessful.  Essentially, an attempt to eliminate fraud via contractual language requires the Court to reward either the non-diligent […]

What you see is not Always What it Seems: Due Diligence in the Mergers & Acquisitions Process Part I – Legal Due Diligence

October 24, 2017 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

Buying a business is a risky endeavor.  What makes the process even more nerve-wracking is that a business is different from just about any other asset one can buy.  When one purchases a house, car, or other tangible product, a buyer usually knows what they are getting, can inspect the […]

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