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Pandemic Business Practices Worth Keeping

Almost every part of the American economy is opening up now and many of the businesses here in Florida have been operating at near pre-pandemic levels of activity.  As we open up as a society it is worth pausing to reflect on the new activities, habits and protocols that we committed to during the pandemic.  [...]

Condo Associations and Their Responsibilities

The recent tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida has drawn the nation’s attention to condo associations in this state. Much of this attention centers on the roles, characteristics and responsibilities of condo associations throughout Florida.  Florida condo associations are fiduciaries, (usually) non-profit entities, consist of decision-making panels of community representatives and are [...]

The Five Areas of Expertise of a Good Product Counsel

Product counsels are lawyers who work with product managers and entrepreneurs to develop a product that gives consumers a unique and compelling user experience while managing the risks. Unlike other area specialists, a good product counsel needs to have experience in multiple practice areas in order to protect the product, the company and the consumer. [...]

2021-06-25T23:36:03+00:00Product Liability Law|

Emotional Support Animals and Florida Condo Associations

Chapter 760 of the Florida Statutes protects residents of the state who need emotional support animals (ESA) while penalizing providers of fake online certificates that are designed to claim that any animal is an ESA. The statute specifies the type of certification used to verify an ESA, therefore protecting those who have legitimately documented animals [...]

Five Steps to Multijurisdictional Estate Planning

For many, the warmer climate and a lack of state income tax make Florida an attractive location for people to take up residence for at least a part of the year.  Many people from other US states as well as other countries make this decision every year. For these individuals and families, a multijurisdictional estate [...]

Property Tax and Property Tax Appeals in Florida

Florida is one of a handful of US states that does not charge an income tax.  Local governments however do receive revenue from property taxes that are charged each year to property owners throughout the state. Commercial and residential property owners may file property tax appeals if they disagree with the amount that they are [...]

2021-05-24T18:05:44+00:00Property Taxes|

Starting an HOA for A Florida Community

Many Florida-based planned communities were started with a Homeowners Association already in place.  However, a number of existing neighborhoods in the State of Florida have not yet formed an HOA to govern their communities.  In such cases, a group of residents may take it upon themselves to launch an HOA. Doing so requires a degree [...]

HOAs, Condo Associations and Solar Panels

The State of Florida has regulations in place to protect the rights of homeowners who use renewable energy practices and install solar panels and other renewable energy hardware.  While homeowner associations (HOAs) define the aesthetic of their neighborhoods with rules on what improvements can be made, they have limited leeway in restricting residents' rights to [...]

HOAs: 4 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Property Management Company

Many associations in the state of Florida manage their properties by hiring a property management company.  A property management company is a third-party entity that is contracted to handle the day-to-day operations of a real estate asset. Whether or not to hire a property management company depends on a number of factors that includes the [...]

What to Know Before Serving in an HOA or Condo Association

The Homeowner’s Association (HOA) or Condo Association is the governing administration of a housing or condominium community.  The vast majority of new developments and nearly every condo or townhome development in the State of Florida has an HOA board that is made up of volunteer homeowners. There are some basics that all residents who are [...]

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