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Florida Homestead Protections Against Forced Sale Under Threat of Dilution

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Once every 20 years, Florida convenes a Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to review and make recommended changes to the Florida Constitution. Proposed changes are then put to Florida voters for approval or disapproval. A...more

Year-End Tax Planning Tips

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If Congress is successful in lowering tax rates for at least some taxpayers in 2018, there are several year-end taxing-saving tips to consider prior to December 31st....more

Podcast Episode 12 - When the Government Pays for the Moving Van with Ms. Lisa Harrison

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 12, Ms. Lisa Harrison SR/WA, URAC, RAC, NAC, President of Pinnacle Consulting Management Group, joins us to discuss relocation expenses. ...more

The Tax Reform Bills: Home Ownership, Purchases & Sales

by Lewitt Hackman on

Congressional efforts to enact tax reform are now in the home stretch. While there is no assurance that any legislation will be enacted, or what the form of a final bill would look like, it is likely that something will pass...more

UK Autumn Budget 2017 – the key measures impacting business

by White & Case LLP on

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the Autumn Budget 2017. Alongside the headline-grabbing abolition of SDLT for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000, and on the first £300,000 of properties up to £500,000,...more

City Prevails in Home Design Dispute - City of Lafayette Represented by Partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Best Best & Krieger LLP partners Scott Ditfurth and Mala Subramanian successfully represented the City of Lafayette in a dispute with homeowners over their proposed home building plan. In a fight that centered on maintaining...more

California Court Confirms Broad Coverage Under "Ongoing Operations" Endorsements

by Payne & Fears on

A California Court of Appeal has confirmed that additional insured endorsements (“AIE”) granting coverage for liability arising out of a named insured’s “ongoing operations,” and in effect during those “ongoing operations,”...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - November 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The tax proposal initially released by the House Ways and Means Committee could look very different from what Congress actually approves. However, analysts have said that, if passed, certain provisions in the tax plan could...more

Texas Voters Relax Home Equity Lending Restrictions

Texas has long had some of the tightest consumer protections in the home equity lending space. After years of lobbying by the industry, a constitutional amendment was submitted to voters on November 7, 2017, aimed at relaxing...more

The 2017 AIA Changes that Matter to Owners

Last time, we discussed how some of the 2017 revisions to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) form design and construction contracts benefit general contractors. Such revisions added clarity to provisions concerning...more

California Storm Water Bill Signed Into Law

California Senate Bill 231 (Hertzberg) (“SB 231”), signed into law by the Governor on October 6, 2017, is intended to provide local governments with increased flexibility when imposing or increasing property related fees and...more

Federal Judge finds post loss assignment of benefits proper under Pennsylvania law

In a recent opinion, Judge Schmehl of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a forced placed insurer’s Motion to Dismiss a suit brought by the assignee of a homeowner for water damage to the home. In Williams v....more

Single Women Buy More Homes, Earn Less Equity

For over 35 years, single women have consistently purchased more homes than their single male counterparts. Despite this trend, Redfin recently found that single women homeowners earn less home equity from their homes than...more

Reed Smith 2017 California Wildfires Relief Resources Guide

by Reed Smith on

Though the wildfires continue to burn across California, insurance industry insiders have estimated that the reconstruction cost value for homes potentially at risk in the Napa and Santa Rosa areas alone will be more than $65...more

Washington Mechanic’s Liens: How Recent Changes Impact Contractors

Construction contracting is a complex business. Whether you are the owner, contractor, or general contractor on a project, your attention must shift between numerous moving parts, regulatory requirements, and deadlines as the...more

Podcast Episode 8 – When the Government Decides to Flood Your Property, Is There a Claim? With Derrick Carson of Locke Lord LLP,...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. Derrick Carson, Partner in Locke Lord's Houston office, joins us in Episode 8 to discuss Hurricane Harvey, the flooding in Houston and southeast...more

Rebuilding After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Recovery Through Tax Deductions

by Bowditch & Dewey on

It is estimated that less than 20% of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and a week later Hurricane Irma, had flood insurance. Home owner’s and renter’s insurance policies exclude damage caused by floods. Those affected...more

New Law That May Affect Hurricane Harvey Claims Takes Effect Sept. 1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

While insurance claims may be far from the first priority for clients affected by Hurricane Harvey, a new law takes effect on Sept. 1, 2017, that may affect first-party property insurance claims stemming from Harvey, floods...more

Maximizing Insurance Recoveries for Hurricane Harvey Losses

by Jones Day on

With Hurricane Harvey having pummeled much of the Texas Gulf Coast, businesses will soon look to secure insurance recoveries for the estimated billions of dollars in property damage and business income losses left in its...more

HB 1774’s “Hail Bill” and Hurricane Harvey-Time for Action

• Action Item #1: Insureds should try to report claims for all property damage, including those caused by Hurricane Harvey, by no later than August 31, 2017, in order to avail themselves of the opportunity for an 18 percent...more

How to Fight City Hall, Part II

by Clark Hill PLC on

To the extent that an ordinance in ambiguous, it must be interpreted in favor of the property owner. I recently overturned an adverse decision against a client by the Webster Township Zoning Board of Appeals. In that...more

How to Fight City Hall, Part I

by Clark Hill PLC on

A city ordinance cannot give the city powers beyond those delegated to it by its citizens in its charter. I recently obtained an injunction against the City of Royal Oak preventing it from compelling property owners to pay...more

Arizona Supreme Court Confirms a Prevailing Homeowner Can Recover Fees on Implied Warranty Claims

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 9th, in Sirrah Enterprises, L.L.C. v. Wunderlich, the Arizona Supreme Court settled the question about recovery of attorneys’ fees after prevailing on implied warranty claims against a residential contractor. The...more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: No Bad Faith Where Plaintiff’s Failure to Perform Contractual Duties Was the Reason for Delay

On December 24, 2013, a fire destroyed Plaintiffs’ home. Plaintiffs’ homeowners’ policy, issued by State Farm, required insureds to submit personal property inventories within sixty days after a loss. Three days after the...more

An Overview of North Carolina Premises Liability Law

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Accidents happen. But how do you determine whether an injury on someone else's property is just an unavoidable accident or a potential legal liability? As in other areas of personal injury law, the analysis typically is based...more

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