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Bill to Amend Florida’s Unclaimed Property Act Regarding Unclaimed Insurance Benefits Moves to Senate Floor

On January 19, the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved a Senate bill (“SB 966”) that would modify Florida’s existing Unclaimed Property Act (the “Act”) requirements regarding unclaimed insurance benefits....more

Elective Share Rulings

Under Florida law, a surviving spouse can elect to receive 30% of the elective share estate of his or her deceased spouse, in lieu of receiving what was left to the surviving spouse under the decedent’s estate planning...more

Florida’s Second DCA Reverses Dismissal of Foreclosure in Favor of Borrowers for their Failure to Properly Allege a Condition...

For years, counsel for borrowers have successfully argued that the bank failed to meet conditions precedent required under Section 559.715 of Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA“). Procedurally, this argument...more

Are Referral Sources Protectable Under Florida Law?

The question of whether referral sources constitute legitimate, protectable business interests under Florida's Covenants Against Unfair Competition statute, Fla. Stat. § 542.335 (2014), is likely heading to the Florida...more

Protection of Florida's "Outstanding Springs" Highlights State's New Water Law

The Florida Legislature recently approved major water legislation, which Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Jan. 21, 2016. The bill creates new water law for "outstanding Florida springs," including timelines for the...more

Will Your Form of Resident’s Agreement Hinder Potential Eviction?

When a tenant in an independent living community fails to pay rent, an operator will want to remove the tenant as quickly as possible with the fewest administrative hurdles. If a residency agreement does not specify the...more

Improper Decanting [Florida]

In a case of first impression, Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeals interpreted Fla.Stats. §736.04117 relating to the ability of a trustee to decant a trust into a new trust arrangement. A trustee transferred the funds of...more

The Basics of E-Recording

The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) in most states, and the Global National Commerce Act (E-sign) federally, allow sale contracts, mortgage instruments, and promissory notes to be memorialized with the electronic...more

P3 Legislation in Florida

On September 24-25, Miami-Dade County held a P3 Institute entitled “The P3 Pipeline: A Forum for the Private Sector.” Among the topics discussed at the Institute was a measure currently before the Florida Legislature that, if...more

Florida Development Permits Eligible for Extension Due to Tropical Storm Erika Order

A permit and development order extension opportunity is available until Jan. 25, 2016, as a result of Florida's declaration of a state of emergency for Tropical Storm Erika....more

No Change to Florida’s Minimum Wage in 2016

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (“DEO”) has announced that the minimum wage in Florida will remain at $8.05 per hour for 2016. The minimum wage for employees who earn tips will remain at $5.03 per hour....more

$175 Million in State Subsidy Made Available in Florida FY 2015-2016 Budget for Affordable Housing

Recently, the State of Florida passed the FY 2015-2016 budget which contained an appropriation of $175 million for the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund. This budget line item provides affordable housing developers with additional...more

A New Program Provides Law Enforcement a Direct Line to Offer Domestic Violence Victims Immediate Help

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and thanks to a new program, Orlando Police will now be able to call a new, dedicated hotline when they see a domestic abuse situation on the scene. The hotline will put victims in...more

Florida Court Confirms Substantial Compliance Standard Concerning Foreclosures

The Florida Second District Court of Appeal recently issued a long-awaited opinion in Green Tree Servicing v. Milam. Until this decision, the district courts in Florida had not spoken directly on the issue of whether strict...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds for Extended Claims Period for Known or Ascertainable Creditor Claims [Florida]

In 2013 I wrote about the Golden case which ruled that a known or reasonably ascertainable creditor who did not receive a Notice to Creditors in a probate proceeding could file a claim against the estate up to 2 years after...more

Owner of Mortgage Company Sentenced to Serve More Than 11 Years for Role in $64 Million Mortgage Fraud Operation

On September 24, the DOJ released a statement regarding the sentencing of the owner of a Florida mortgage company for allegedly organizing a mortgage fraud scheme. In July 2015, the owner, along with his business partner and...more

Winter Park Distilling Company Brews One-of-a-Kind Facility in Winter Park

Exciting things are happening with our client Winter Park Distilling Company which recently announced expansion plans of its new “Brewstillery” facility which will combine a craft distillery, brewery, taproom and retail...more

Florida Court Provides a Lesson in Nuncupative and Notarial Wills

Many lawyers have not heard the terms “nuncupative wills” and “notarial wills” since they took their bar exams (and some perhaps not even then). A recent Florida case provides us with a real world application of these terms....more

Florida to Decide What Test Applies When Concurrent Multiple Perils Cause a Loss

For years, Florida courts have been seesawing between two different doctrines to determine whether there is coverage under a property policy when two perils – one excluded and one included — combine to cause a loss. Two...more

The Takeaway from Joint Ventures and Florida Licensure: Follow the Rules

Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation requires and issues licenses for entities and individuals to qualify to construct improvements to real property in Florida.There are licenses for Certified General...more

Is Florida a “No-Fault” State? — Why am I being sued after causing an accident?

Many Floridians who have caused automobile accidents and had personal injury claims brought against them have wondered why those claims were even allowed to be brought since Florida is considered to be a “No-Fault” state. ...more

Mortgage Banking Firm Settles with DOJ for Participation in Fraudulent Reimbursement Scheme

On September 4, the DOJ announced a settlement of more than $29 million with a Florida-based mortgage banking firm in connection with violations of the False Claims Act. The firm’s subsidiaries participated in HUD’s Home...more

CFPB obtains preliminary injunction against debt relief companies

A Florida federal district court has entered a preliminary injunction against several companies and an individual who were named as defendants in a complaint filed by the CFPB in August 2015 charging them with violations of...more

Closing Time: Liquor License Considerations in Hospitality Transactions

In today’s increasingly competitive hospitality market, the closing timeframe of sophisticated hospitality transactions has become a significant point of negotiation between sellers and purchasers. One factor that frequently...more

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Provisions: Protecting Your Company and Assets

Now more than ever, employers must take active steps to protect their confidential information and trade secrets from the prying eyes of competitors. In our digital age, trade secrets can be misappropriated in an instant, and...more

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