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November 2017 Archives

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?

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.

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.

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.

Dealing with cosmetic construction defects in new builds

When you have a new home built for your family, you may have a picture in your mind of exactly how you expect your home to look. By idealizing the project, you may feel disappointed when you see the finished product. Perhaps your builder did not install the exact faucet you asked for or maybe a door is hanging in an uneven manner.

Topics to address with potential home improvement contractors

Making improvements to your home makes you feel good about your residence while increasing the value of your property. Many homeowners in Florida want to make home improvements but are cautious about the process itself as well as the contractors available to perform the work. Often, these people fear an unreasonably lengthy construction process as well as shoddy workmanship and the possibility of legal issues.

What are my options if my homebuilder makes construction errors?

A construction contract is your best defense against builder errors in all types of construction, including single-family residential homes. Under construction law in Florida, your contract gives you and your builder a great amount of flexibility in how you both approach errors and even disputes.

Construction law: Florida fraud investigation nets 5 arrests

In times of crisis, it is easy to succumb to the temptation of a quick and affordable fix. After a hurricane or other destructive storm has damaged your property is one such time of crisis. While you may feel blessed to have survived a hurricane, you may also feel desperate about having your home repaired.

Managing divorce with children in Florida

There are many disagreements that can lead a couple to divorce. With nearly half of marriages in the state of Florida ending in separation or divorce, it seems clear there are enough reasons for people to decide they are better off alone. But the largest disagreements among ex-spouses who are also parents involve the children.

Parental alienation can complicate custody issues

Divorce is a difficult process to go through. Even in the best circumstances, in which two spouses can agree on most major points with an attitude of cooperation, the emotional and legal complexity can appear overwhelming. Fortunately, legal representation for both spouses can help take over a lot of the legal issues so people can focus on recovery.

What counts as a construction defect?

When you invest a significant amount of money into a home renovation or reconstruction, you are investing in what is likely to be your most valuable financial asset. It is natural that you will have certain expectations and standards that you want to be fulfilled. When these expectations fall short, you will of course feel angry and as though you have been short-changed. This dissatisfaction with the end-result of a construction project is not uncommon. But what counts as a defect under the law and how do you know if you have grounds to make a claim?

Condo associations and vacation rentals: A recipe for conflict?

Florida is known for tourism and condominiums. Yet those two things don't always go hand-in-hand. The rise of vacation rental websites like Airbnb and VRBO has raised difficult questions for many condo owners associations (COAs). While individual unit owners reap a steady stream of income from short-term rentals, they often pose endless headaches for others in the condo community. Snowbirds and investors who essentially turn their units into hotels can jeopardize the quality of life for year-round residents. As a result, for many residential condo developments, setting limits on short-term rentals (or outright banning them) makes a lot of sense.

My ex is harassing me online. What can I do?

Digital development has provided us with many benefits including the ability to keep in touch with our family and friends. However, there are also many problematic implications that have come with the rise of digital. This has included the fact that people are often able to get in touch with us, even if we do not want them to.

Is my prenup invalid?

Before going into a marriage, many couples decide that they would like to protect their own personal assets that they acquired during the marriage, or their assets that they expect to acquire during the marriage, in the event of a divorce. This process is called a premarital agreement, otherwise known as a prenup. However, although it can have been agreed at the time when the marriage occurred, when a person is considering or going through a divorce, they may find that the prenup is no longer valid for one reason or another. The following are some reasons why your premarital agreement may not be enforceable under the law.

Construction litigation offers a solution for design defects

Most of the time, people believe that defects in materials or workmanship is about the only issue that can lead to construction litigation. It is true that these issues are often the culprit when a property owner's new structure was not built to specifications. However, sometimes contractors and the materials they use bear no fault in an improperly built project.

Seeking alimony in a Florida divorce

Divorce is nearly always a difficult and emotional process. It involved the end of a household and new relationships between individuals. Two groups who often feel the most change in lifestyle are children and former spouses with no or little income.

When you need estate administration in Florida

Planning for the end of a life is always a difficult process, navigating emotional and legal complexity. This is why many prefer to have an attorney represent their interests and identify all the ways to save taxes and make sure property goes to the right people.

Mediation for the elderly in probate disputes

Going through a probate dispute regarding the legitimacy of a will or trust can be a very stressful situation to be in. When you are over the age of 65 or are suffering with health problems, this can be an even more distressing scenario, and it can lead to health deterioration.