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Actions to Take When a Hurricane Threatens for Individuals & Business Owners

When a hurricane threatens your community, be prepared to evacuate if you live in a storm surge risk area. Allow enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. Secure your home: Cover all of your home's windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8 inch exterior grade or marine ... Read More >

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Title to Real Estate Property!

  A deed is a legal instrument used to convey real property. There are three main deeds in Florida, or three methods of transferring property. They vary depending on the guarantee that is offered by the seller, the type of property, or reason for transfer. 1) General Warranty Deed Most complete form of ownership, or highest level of protection to buyer Guarantee that grantor ... Read More >

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Putting Your Real Estate in a Florida Land Trust

A Florida land trust is a method for holding legal title to real property. The beneficiary owns the Florida land trust, has power of direction over the trust, and has control over the property that is in the trust (the person creating the land establishes the land trust and is often one of the beneficiaries). The trustee holds the title to the property for the benefit of the owners or ... Read More >

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FIRPTA CHANGES – The Increase in Withholding!

Prior to the PATH Act of 2015 (“Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes 2015”, effective 12/18/2015), if the seller of real property is a foreign person, Federal law required buyers to withhold 10% of the gross sale price and provide it to the IRS. With the implementation of the PATH Act, this 10% tax requirement has been altered. Effective February 16, 2016, the 10% withholding tax will be increased ... Read More >

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Make sure your Hotel is ADA Compliant!

"Drive by" ADA lawsuits are once again on the rise. These professional plaintiffs and their unscrupulous lawyers know that most warranties on pool lifts installed in 2012-2013 have expired and that some pool lifts are in need of repair. Now it is more important than ever to be proactive with your ADA compliance. These plaintiffs are hoping that you won't take the time or spend the money to get ... Read More >

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Why do I need a Lien Search?

Recently, the Gainesville Sun reported that a couple could not get a permit from the city when they wanted to put a screen enclosure on their back porch. That’s because there was an expired permit on the property that was 10 years old. The couple has owned their home since 2010 and had no idea  that was the case. The Sun says the issue was that a roofer had completed a partial shingle re-roof ... Read More >

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ALERT: Fake Check Scam Reminder

Over the past several months, we have sent out a couple of alerts to remind our friends, family, clients, Realtors, investors and colleagues of the Fake Check Scam. How the Scam Works: The perpetrator of the scam sends you a large cashier’s check supposedly for the purchase of real property, escrow money, etc. You deposit the check. A few days later, the perpetrator contacts you to request ... Read More >

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Why do I Need an Operating Agreement for my LLC?

While many states do not legally require your Limited Liability Company (hereinafter “LLC”) to have an operating agreement, it is not a wise idea to operate an LLC without one, even if you are the sole owner of your company. An operating agreement will help you protect your limited liability status, specify financial and management roles to avoid common misunderstandings, and in order to make sure ... Read More >