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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┬ácoronavirus (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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  • Are Verbal Agreements and Contracts Valid in Florida?

    Over the course of a single week, you likely enter into a wide variety of agreements and contracts. If you own a small business, you may negotiate agreements and contracts on a daily basis. Many of these agreements are probably verbally negotiated and sealed with nothing more than a handshake, which may not seem problematic […]

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  • Florida Security Deposit Limits and Deadlines

    A breakdown of Florida landlord-tenant laws on security deposits. Most residential leases and rental agreements in Florida require a security deposit. This is a dollar amount, usually one month’s rent, that’s intended to cover damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear, and to cushion the financial blow if a tenant skips out early […]

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  • Selling a Home in Florida? Key Legal Requirements

    From contract forms to closings, here is what sellers of a Florida home should expect and plan for. Selling a home in Florida can be different than selling one in any other state, both in terms of laws and traditional procedures. Here are some important facts to know. Role of Real Estate Agents in Florida […]

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  • Pros and Cons of Buying Newly Built Homes

    How to reduce costs and risks when buying a new house. There’s something inherently appealing about a brand new house — you get to pick out the countertops, drapes, and appliances, and have everything designed just the way you want it. New houses often come with more space and better appliances, require less immediate fix-up […]

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  • Get Your Security Deposit Back!

    Know your rights when it comes to getting your deposit back in full and on time. Most tenants who are moving out of a rental want their deposit back as soon as possible, either to make a deposit on a new rental or for use in a down payment on a house or condo. Unfortunately, […]

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