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Mason Williams Recognized as 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Congratulations to J. Mason Williams IV for his recognition in the 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. He’s been highlighted for his work in: Commercial Litigation Litigation – Construction Litigation – Trusts and Estates Lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America are divided by geographic region and practice areas, and […]

Changes to Florida’s Defect Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose

Earlier this year, there was a significant change to Florida’s construction laws that may have a bigger impact on property owners than initially anticipated. The statute of repose, which was previously set at 10 years, has now been reduced to 7 years with the passing of Senate Bill 360. The statute of limitations, along with […]

Understanding Specific Performance of a Real Estate Contract in Florida

When it comes to real estate transactions, it’s common for parties to enter into contracts that outline the terms and conditions of the sale. While these contracts are typically binding and enforceable, there may be situations where one party fails to fulfill their obligations under the contract. In these cases, the non-breaching party may seek […]

New Law Eases US Government Contracting for Small Businesses with One-Stop Shop Compliance Guides Website

In October of 2022, Congress and the President passed a law that made a small but very important addition to the rules governing the US Small Business Administration.  In a bipartisan bill known as “The One-Stop Shop for Small Business Compliance Act” (Public Law 177-118), the US Government made life in the often confusing and […]

Riparian Rights in Florida: What You Should Know

What Are Riparian Rights? The vast majority of our state is surrounded by water: coastlines, rivers, streams, lakes, and waterways. Often, owners of waterfront property end up in disputes over what are called riparian rights. Riparian rights are simply those rights for which a waterfront property owner owns upload property that extends to the normal […]

Less Than Half of Americans Have a Will

I ran across an article by Gallup that found that less than half of Americans (46%) have a Will.  To be honest, I figured it would be lower than that.  So many people want to avoid the topic of death that I think it prevents a lot of people from even contemplating executing a Will.  […]

How a Florida Land Trust Can Help Investors Buy Properties When Taking Over Mortgage Payments

Florida real estate investors have long used land trusts as a versatile legal tool with multiple benefits. The basic framework of a land trust is as follows: The property owner conveys title through a deed to the new owner, the trust. The trustee of the trust holds legal title, while the beneficiary owns a beneficial interest in […]

Anticipating a Business Divorce? Steps to Prepare for its Success.

Anticipating a Business Divorce? Steps to Prepare for its Success.    Unfortunately, you must prepare for the worst at the beginning of the initial realization and plan to see a business dream come true. The worst possible outcome could be the breakup and eventual ending of the partnership. To have a substantial base for the […]

How to Avoid Guardianship?

As you age, it is essential to consider the avoidance of guardianship. Avoiding guardianship rests solely on your intent as an individual and then your capability to draft those crucial documents that relay your wishes regarding who you want to take care of and make decisions for you on financial and medical matters.    Two […]

Successful Business Basics: Why You Should Consider Hiring a Lawyer

When you start a business, there are many things that you need to take into consideration, but often the last one on the list is whether your business will need a lawyer. There are two professionals that every single business should have from the start – a trusted accountant and a lawyer who understands your […]

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