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Landlord Legal Responsibilities in Florida

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Renting property in Florida entails many legal responsibilities; such as how you pick your tenant(s) to when and how you return a security deposit or make a claim on it.  If a landlord does not know the law, it can cost them time and money.  Let’s say for example, you decide that since your… Read More »

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Does Your Florida Lease Meet the State Requirements?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

For the landlord and the tenant, the rental agreement or lease that is signed by the parties sets out the contractual basis of the relationship and is full of crucial business details, such as how long the tenant can occupy the rental property; the amount of the rent that will be charged and the… Read More »

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Has A Construction Lien Been Filed Against Your Property?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Florida’s construction lien laws provide property owners with relief from a lien on their property in two different ways: 1) The first allows property owners, typically owners of large commercial or condominium properties, to exempt their property from liens by requiring the contractor to post a payment bond prior to project initiation; 2) The… Read More »

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Does a Contractor or Subcontractor Need a Subcontractor Agreement?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

As a successful general contractor, a subcontractor is more than likely an integral part of your business.  Contractors and subcontractors work hand-in-hand to complete construction projects. The contractor, often referred to as the “prime”, acts as the manager of the project, serving as the central point of communication and as the overall coordinator. It… Read More »

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PARTITION ACTION

By Daniel M. Copeland |

WHAT IS A PARTITION ACTION?  A partition action allows two (2) or more people who typically own real property together to ask the Court to separate the property when they cannot agree about what to do with the property. Partition actions are common in estate planning when a property owner devises property equally to several… 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.  This gives… Read More »

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How Do Property Tax Caps Work in Florida?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

The Save Our Homes property tax cap is an amendment to the Florida constitution that limits the annual increase in the tax assessment of homestead property to a maximum of 3% of the prior year’s assessment; and its purpose is to encourage the preservation of homestead property and to ensure that Floridians will not… Read More »

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What Should I Know Before I Rent in Florida?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Prior to signing a rental agreement; it is very strongly advised that you make arrangements for a walk-through of the premises with the landlord to identify any problems that should be fixed BEFORE signing the rental agreement. Take pictures or videos or make notes of any questionable conditions and include provisions for repairs in… Read More »

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Have a Legal Matter?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

You’re most likely over the age of 45, and you’re not in this situation by choice. You might be dealing with a legal issue for the first time in your life, and as such, you don’t even know what you don’t know. There’s one thing you do know: You need help. You’re emotional and,… Read More »

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Whose Responsibility is it to Get Releases of Lien(s)?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

In your contract/agreement with your contractor, you can stipulate that he/she is responsible and must provide all releases of lien.  If it is not a part of your contract/agreement, you, as the owner, will have to act as your own contractor and YOU must get the releases from the contractors, laborers, materials suppliers, subcontractors… Read More »

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