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Common construction conflicts

When a construction project is not managed down to every detail, disputes can easily arise. This is because every construction project is bound to run into unexpected circumstances. This could be a delay in the delivery of the materials, unexpected sick leave of a worker or a change in the demands of a client. Therefore, paperwork and contracts that are written out at the beginning should account for who is liable in every imaginable circumstance.

Conflicts over the project scope

When paternity rights help fathers get more fathering time

Florida law regarding families and child custody are centered around the well-being of children, who are often less able to realize their wishes when parents are busy keeping their affairs together. In order to have the best possible life, children need happy and effective parents.

Florida has several avenues for biological and adoptive parents to claim their legal rights and responsibilities. Although many fathers would claim these rights in a divorce or to legally verify their parenthood, another reason fathers may seek a legal confirmation of their parenthood is to provide child care through paternity leave.

What is a collaborative process divorce in Florida?

In July of this year, Florida's new Collaborative Law Process Act (CLPA) went into effect. The CLPA is an alternative method to resolving family matters without court involvement. Just as it implies, it is a form of collaborating and negotiating that does not involve litigation.

The CLPA can be used in any family matter dispute that would normally require litigation in a court proceeding. Divorces, child custody agreements, agreement modifications or family disputes could all be resolved by the collaborative process in lieu of a court hearing.

New development project uses legal firm

Development projects in Florida are huge undertakings often covering multiple acres of land. As the public looks on, it is like watching a drawing come to life. A section of real estate seems to grow overnight into multiple buildings, restaurants, entertainment centers and businesses of all types. What the public doesn't see is that it has taken a hard-working, knowledgeable team of experts to put it all together; then the builders come along and just follow a, hopefully, well-developed blueprint.

Davie, Florida, is currently planning for a large 24-acre redevelopment project in their downtown area. The plan is expected to include a hotel, Town Hall, rodeo grounds, restaurants, shops, 140-room condo hotel with a multi-level parking garage and an entertainment complex. Those involved in the planning are focusing on entertainment for local residents such as families and students. Sidewalks will be widened so residents can walk easily from one venue to another.

What to do about supplier failures

As a construction manager or a contractor, you rely on the timely and high-quality supply of goods that you ordered. If there is a delay of materials, then you will likely be struggling to meet the deadline of the project. This can lead to a whole host of problems for you, including a loss of real income, as well as a bad reputation among clients. So what can you do to prevent problems with suppliers, and what can you do when suppliers fail you?

Two types of supplier failures

5 common condominium disputes

Owning a condo isn't the same as owning a single-family home. On the one hand, you don't have to deal with unending yard work or maintenance nightmares. On the other, you don't have quite the same latitude of freedom as you would in a freestanding home. Your condo is just one part of a larger community, which means your individual property rights are subject to broader restrictions than most single-family homes. Disputes are virtually inevitable in condominiums, as in any common interest community.

Understanding which issues are most problematic is the first step toward mitigating disputes. Disagreements frequently involve the following.

How to establish paternity in Florida

Establishing paternity involves legally identifying yourself as the father of a child. Doing so doesn't just benefit the child, but can ensure that each parent is afforded certain rights as well.

A father who claims paternity of his child affords the child an opportunity to learn more about his or her entire family's history of known genetic conditions and other health-related concerns. It allows the child the opportunity to develop a relationship with his or her father.

How to choose the right contractor in Florida

When you choose a contractor to do construction work on your home, you need to be able to trust that they will get the job done well. Many people's livelihoods are ruined by construction defects that not only cost thousands of dollars, but also lead to a devaluation of their home. Here are some tips to ensure that you make the best possible choices for you and your home.

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What COAs should know about arbitration and mediation

Disputes are bound to erupt in any condominium community. Conflict comes with the territory. Whenever individual property rights intersect with those of the condo community as a whole, disagreements about those rights and responsibilities are inevitable.

Sometimes, conflicts lead to legal troubles that can be costly and time-consuming for all involved. For condominium owners associations (COAs), the important question is not whether disputes will arise, but rather how to deal with them in an effective (and cost-conscious) manner.

Proposed Florida law may affect contractors and owners

Construction is one of the biggest drivers of Florida's burgeoning economy. From high-rise projects towering above Miami to new developments on the fringes of Orlando suburbs. Space for construction is at a premium in the state, and both owners and builders must be aware of the numerous laws that governs their actions.

A new law may enter the canon of construction law, and attorneys who assist owners and contractors are chiming in on the differences it could make in construction litigation. It specifically deals with insurance payment after claimable damages to property.

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