Your Estate Plan Needs a Checkup

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To avoid the unintended consequences of an outdated estate plan you should consult on a regular basis with your trusted estate planning professional to make sure your plan is ready in the event it’s needed.

Ladybird Deed: An Enhanced Life Estate

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How can I change title to a piece of real property to affect my estate plan and avoid probate, yet still maintain complete control over it during my lifetime, including the ability to un-do the transfer, and not just the right to occupy for as long as I am alive? Florida recognizes an enhanced life estate, otherwise known as a …

Broward Associations: Acknowledgement and Rejection

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On September 10, 2013, the Broward County Commission voted to enact an amendment to its Code of Ordinances prohibiting discriminatory practices in real estate transactions. This includes Homeowner Associations and Cooperative Associations who review prospective purchase and lease applicants. The rules require that the association acknowledge receipt of a completed application within ten (10) days of submission. If the application package is incomplete, the acknowledgment letter must include a list of missing or incomplete items. Within forty-five (45) days after receipt of a completed application, the association must reject or approve the application and if rejected, must state the reason(s).

Wrongful Evictions: A Guide for Landlords

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With so much bad information being circulated about landlord-tenant laws, it is vitally important for landlord’s to comprehend the scope of their authority and how to handle problematic tenants, legally. If not, inexperienced landlords might find themselves unnecessarily defending against wrongful eviction claims.