Marriage Penalty Removed for Conveyances Between Spouses

February 15, 2020
When you purchase a property prior to marriage you take title as co-tenants (similar to a partnership). The default language for taking title between non-spouses is “John Doe and Jane Doe” or “as co-tenants.” Under Florida Law this assumes each owns fifty percent of the property. This has certain implications for survivorship and devise, especially…

Commercial Rental Sales Tax Decrease, Surtax Increase

November 16, 2018
Effective January 1, 2019, there will be a decrease in the sales tax rate for renting, leasing, letting or granting a license to use commercial real estate. The rate will fall from 5.8% to 5.7%. Examples of real property subject to the real property rental sales tax include commercial office space or retail space, warehouses,…

FRS re-enrollment in 2017

February 2, 2017
The Florida Retirement System (FRS) has a major flaw which disincentives reemployment by individuals who were employed by the state prior to July 1, 2010 and have "received a benefit" (i.e. rolledover or withdrew funds) from FRS and then became reemployed by the State. In 2010, the Florida legislature enacted what it referred to as…

Broward Ancillary Probate Administration

August 12, 2016
In order to start a Broward Ancillary Probate or a Palm Beach Ancillary Probate we need exemplified copies of the probate proceeding from the jurisdiction of the deceased's domicile state.

FinCEN GTO Expansion

July 27, 2016
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently issued an expansion to their Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that will temporarily require certain U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay all cash for high-end residential real estate in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This is an expansion of the previous…