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July 2018 Archives

Declaring a condo in Miami

Condominiums are popular in many parts of Florida, and Miami is no exception. This type of ownership could potentially provide benefits to long-time renters, investors and property owners. Whether converting an existing building to condos or working with new construction, stakeholders would have to complete several steps. One of the most significant actions is completing a declaration of condominium.

How to make a valid Florida will

Planning out your will's provisions is a valuable step towards achieving a disposition of your property according to your wishes. However, you also need to ensure your will complies with Florida's formal requirements, which may differ from those of other states. Otherwise, the probate court may deem your will invalid and distribute your property according to intestacy laws.

Understanding Florida’s construction lien law

At Welbaum Guernsey Hingston Gregory & Black, LLP, we understand that as a Florida contractor, you sometimes encounter difficulties when a homeowner refuses or neglects to pay you the full amount due for the work you did for him or her. Per the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, one of your options is to file a lien on the homeowner’s property.

Update on the Florida International University bridge collapse

Most Florida residents remember the tragic collapse of a pedestrian bridge that was under construction near Florida International University. The bridge was being built to make it safer for people to cross a busy street. Unfortunately, as you may be aware, last March a portion of the bridge collapsed and killed one construction worker and five people in vehicles that were stopped at a red light beneath the bridge. At Welbaum, Guernsey, Hingston, Gregory & Black, L.L.P., we are always saddened to hear about a construction project harming someone, and we are prepared to answer the questions of those affected by faulty construction.

What happens if you die without a will?

If you live in Florida and have yet to make a Last Will and Testament, you may wish to remedy that situation as soon as possible. Why? Because having a will is the only way you can ensure that when you die, your assets will go to the people you want to have them. Without a will, the State of Florida decides who gets your assets, and this may well have nothing to do with your own wishes. Such are the perils of intestacy.

What makes a contract legal and binding?

Years ago, a person's word was as good as gold. A handshake or a simple nod of the head could signal two parties agreed, and they depended on one another to keep up their ends of the deal. Today, with disagreements played out on social media and lawsuits over spilled coffee, do you trust your Florida neighbor in the same way neighbors used to trust? 

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