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  • What Are the Differences Between Judicial and Nonjudicial Foreclosures?

    What to Know About Foreclosures During the Coronavirus Outbreak It’s difficult to predict how judicial and nonjudicial foreclosure processes might change in the future as a result of coronavirus. Many courts are closed to non-essential matters because of the COVID-19 emergency and won’t accept certain pleadings, like those related to foreclosures, or conduct hearings about […]

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  • DeSantis Signs Bill that Impacts Some Inherited Property

    If a Floridian dies without a will, one heir can sell their portion of property independently. After July 1, however, a bill passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (SB 580) essentially gives the other heirs a “right of first refusal” before an outside party is allowed to buy their inherited […]

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  • The Difference Between Financing Contingency and Appraisal Contingency

    If a contract includes both a financing contingency and appraisal contingency, where does one end and the other begin? There’s substantial overlap in the two contingencies, but they have very different rules. When buyers negotiate a contract that includes both a financing contingency and appraisal contingency, they sometimes have trouble understanding where one ends and […]

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  • Game Changer for Remote Real Estate Closings: Remote Online Notarization Morphs into Remote Ink Notarization

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorneys Title Insurance Fund and Old Republic Insurance Company along, with other underwriters following suit, decided that they would allow for Florida Remote Online Notaries to notarize both electronic and wet-ink closing documents remotely through a Remote Online Notarization (“RON”) provider. This approval now paves the way for both buyers […]

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  • Commercial Leases: Will a Force Majeure Clause Get You Out of Paying Rent?

    During this COVID-19 crisis, force majeure clauses in commercial real estate contracts are a hot topic in real estate.  A force majeure clause excuses a party from performing a contractual obligation due to an unforeseen event beyond a party’s  control. While force majeure events  have generally included wars, weather disasters, terrorism, and government action, Florida […]

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  • Rentals and Getting Ready for Hurricane Season

    Florida is often dubbed the vacation state, sunshine state, the retirement state, or all around where individuals travel to soak in the sun rays, enjoy our beaches, or retreat from the snow. Friends and family from out of town may envy those who seek out a retreat from the icy winters from the north and […]

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  • 6 Reasons To Hire a Real Estate Lawyer When Buying or Selling Florida Real Estate

    Lack of disclosure about the condition of the property, foreclosure, and probate issues are just few reasons why you may want a real estate lawyer to help. In Florida, particularly South Florida, families want to own a home; retirees want to buy a condo or townhouse; investors from around the country and world want investment […]

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  • Notarizing and Witnessing Legal Documents During the Coronavirus Crisis

    Commercial restrictions and social distancing make it harder to finalize many legal and financial documents. Many common legal documents must be notarized or witnessed to be legally binding. For example, mortgage documents and financial powers of attorney must be notarized. Wills, on the other hand, require witnesses, as do the advance health care directives of […]

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  • Coronavirus Estate Planning: Now is the Time to Make a Living Will & Medical Power of Attorney

    With COVID-19 looming, make sure your loved ones understand your wishes for health care. By now we’re well aware of the tragic health outcomes that may result from infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): life-threatening respiratory conditions, extended hospitalization, and the chaos of trying to get medical care from a strained health care system. Given the […]

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  • Is Now a Good Time to Refinance Your Home Mortgage?

    Interest rates down? Here’s what to look into before deciding to refinance your home mortgage. Some people never think about their mortgage after getting it, except to write a monthly check and claim the tax deductions. Others watch the mortgage interest rates like hawks and refinance every time rates dip. The safest course is somewhere […]

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