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Unlicensed Practice of Law

By Daniel M. Copeland |

The Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) program was established by the Supreme Court of Florida to protect the public against harm caused by unlicensed individuals practicing law. Consumer Information: The Supreme Court of Florida has given The Florida Bar the duty to investigate and take action against the unlicensed practice of law. Limited Appearance in… Read More »

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There is a Last Will & Testament. What’s next?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Formal Administration: One of the primary purposes of probate is to ensure that the decedent’s debts are paid in an orderly fashion. In a formal administration, the personal representative must use diligent efforts to give actual notice of the probate proceeding to “known or reasonably ascertainable” creditors; this notice is required to be published. … Read More »

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DO I ADD MY PARTNER TO MY DEED?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

When a couple decides to buy property together, their status (married, domestic partnership, common-law married, etc.) does not have immediate implications. However this changes when a property-owning couple ends their relationship, as their status becomes very important in determining how property — real and personal — will be divided. (Real property is real estate,… Read More »

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Florida Land Trust

By Daniel M. Copeland |

A Florida land trust is a private agreement among different people to operate, manage, and hold legal title to Florida real property. A land trust is a written legal agreement under which you, as the trust maker, appoints someone else as trustee to hold legal title to a parcel of real estate property for your benefit…. Read More »

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What is a Tax Certificate or Tax Deed?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

A tax deed sale is the sale of property for past due real estate taxes and fees associated with the sale. Each year, real estate taxes are to be paid by a predetermined date to avoid becoming delinquent. Once delinquent, the Tax Collector holds an auction to pay off the taxes. This auction is… Read More »

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Removal of Transient Occupant from Residential Property

By Daniel M. Copeland |

First of all, what is a transient occupant? The term “transient occupant” means a person whose residency in real property intended for residential use has occurred for a brief length of time, is not pursuant to a lease, and whose occupancy was intended as transient in nature. The Factors that establish that a person… Read More »

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Who Can File An Eviction Action In Florida?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Let’s say that you have a problem with a tenant who refuses to pay rent or follow the requirements of the lease, and now it’s time to evict. Before starting the eviction process, there is are some important issues to consider: Who has the right to file an eviction in Florida? Under the law,… Read More »

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DEFECTIVE CONSTRUCTION

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Notice of Defect Procedure Prior to Arbitration or Suit            This procedure applies only to claims for damages or loss of property by an alleged construction defect.  The law requires that before filing an action, a claimant must serve written notice on the contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional describing the claim in reasonable… Read More »

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CAN A HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION OR CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION FORECLOSE ON MY PROPERTY?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

If you live in a house, townhome or condominium that’s part of a common interest community in Florida, more than likely you have a responsibility to pay dues and assessments to the homeowners’ association (“HOA”) or condominium association (“COA”).  If you do not pay these dues or assessments, you could be at risk for… Read More »

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WHO CAN FILE AN EVICTION ACTION?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

You have a problem tenant who refuses to pay rent or follow the lease, and now it’s time to evict. Before starting the eviction process, there is an important issue to consider: Who has the right to file an eviction in Florida? Under the law, the following parties may bring an eviction action: Property… Read More »

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