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Appraisal Contingencies – What Home Buyers Should Know

Purchasing a new home can be both an exciting and stressful preposition. It likely involves traveling around to numerous homes and touring them with your realtor (if you have one) and trying to decide the best location for yourself and/or your family. When you’ve finally decided on the home, that is where the real work […]

Join the Contractors University on September 19!

Join Board certified construction attorney, Ed Kinberg, for the upcoming Contractor’s University. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. September 19, 2018 Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, Florida 32901 Contractors University promises to deliver practical advice on construction business practices. Rather than standard legal presentations, the University is a collaborative […]

The importance of having a Power of Attorney

Partner Jim Ippoliti explains the importance of having a Power of Attorney and a will.  Jim helps individuals and their families develop plans to ensure their health care wishes are honored.

Beginning the Patent Process

  Attorney Kelly Swartz explains the first steps in protecting your patent.  Patents are an invaluable piece of intellectual property.  Frequently sought after by Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, a patent can protect your invention from reverse engineering and give you an advantage in the marketplace, as well as making your invention more attractive to […]

What Is Eminent Domain?

  Scott has vast experience in property rights law, especially in eminent domain litigation initiated by the Florida Department of Transportation, Pinellas, Pasco and Brevard Counties, all of which involved government authorized takings of private property for roadway, parks and utility purposes. His eminent domain experience was developed in both the public sector—where he handled […]

Equifax Breach – Did They Fail to Comply with GLBA?

As is now widely reported, Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency, suffered a data breach of staggering proportion. In the race to fully comprehend the ramifications of this breach, it’s worthwhile to consider what specific legal requirements Equifax must comply with when it comes to maintaining the secrecy of sensitive personal information. One law that […]

Contracting for Hurricane Repairs, A Primer

If you suffered damage from Hurricane Irma, you need to notify your insurance company immediately. If you are having repairs done at your home you need to: Ensure the work is being done by a Florida licensed contractor. If you are told a Florida license is not needed, confirm with your local building department. You […]

Lessons Learned from Construction Case Law

On July 21, 2017, the District Court of Appeals of Florida, Fifth District issued a decision that has a couple of key points for contractors to keep in mind when involved in a dispute with another party. Don Facciobene, Inc. v. Hough Roofing, Inc., involved a suit by a subcontractor to collect payment for installing […]

Statute of Repose Clarification

Contractors and subcontractors should be excited, okay, happy at least, that Florida’s Statute of Repose has been recently amended. WHAT IS THE CHANGE? The major change to Section 95.11, Florida Statutes (2017), is the start of the ten-year statute of repose period. The statute of repose sets the last day by which a suit must […]

Proper Notice to the Surety is Important

Most contractors and subcontractors know there are notice provisions in their contracts, but they are not always followed to the letter. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals just sent a clear message that if you do not follow the notice and termination provisions of a bond, the surety may be off the hook. What is […]

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