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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 […]

What Do I Do if My Condo Was Damaged By Hurricane Matthew?

Are you the owner of a condominium that suffered damage from the recent hurricane? It is frustrating when the condominium association points the finger at the insurance company and the insurance company points back at the condominium association. Or maybe they are both pointing the finger at you. Meanwhile, your unit was damaged, it was […]

Construction Liens, Landlords, and Tenants

Construction Liens, Landlords, and Tenants

A landlord can be liable for a construction lien (or mechanics’ liens) if the landlord fails to take proper precautions or fails to timely respond to a contractor or other lienor. An “owner” must sign the notice of commencement for construction or improvements to begin on a premises.

What Happens in Mediation?

As discussed in my previous blog, mediation is a process where both parties come together in front of a neutral third person, either a private mediator or a Supreme Court approved court mediator, and try to resolve their case and reach a fair result. But what exactly happens in mediation? Whether you are participating in […]

Business & Asset Protection

Customizing Your Documents After your business entities are in place, or your business foundation is laid, your lawyer can begin drafting numerous customized legal documents, such as the entities’ bylaws, operating agreements, or other types of documents that govern both the interactions and operations of the properly selected and formed entities to best meet your […]

Asset Protections – Raising The Bar

Protections Beyond Delaware & Nevada All too often the run-of-the-mill advisor or advisor lacking updated information (again, even lawyers) will simply organize your one or two LLCs in Delaware or Nevada without conducting any legal research on what states may currently offer more protection and less stigma. For instance it is possible, while still staying […]

Medical Practice Asset Protection – Waving the Magical Wand vs. Designing Strong Obstacles Part II

Strangling The LLC’s Sole Managing Member  So every doctor, lawyer, and other professional with two diplomas to rub together knows the LLC (Limited Liability Company) can offer some form of protection; however, not every professional knows that many courts feel very comfortable with financially strangling the sole managing member of a single member LLC. Most […]

Medical Practice Asset Protection – Waving the Magical Wand vs. Designing Strong Obstacles Part I

Quite often professionals think of the phrase “Asset Protection” as a guaranteed, magical, infallible means of protection. Medical practice asset protection is really about maximizing litigation deterrence, optimal obstacle design work, and leveraging your power in the settlement process, as opposed to magically creating supernatural shields. The more well thought out, properly created obstacles or […]

Can HOA’s Fine Owners?

Do Homeowner Associations have the right to fine owners who do not comply with their rules?  In Virginia, this very question was put before a judge to decide.  A dispute arising between Maria and Sam Farran and their HOA at the Olde Bellhaven in Fairfax, VA over a political sign stirred a four year costly […]

Laws Regarding Home Fencing

This spring homeowners may be thinking about sprucing up their properties’ curb appeal. Fences are a popular choice among homeowners to add instant curb appeal to a home. Fences not only aesthetically enhance a home, but they also act as privacy divider.  Are you contemplating installing a fence around your property?  If so, it is […]

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