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Do the Deadlines on the FAR BAR “AS-IS” Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase expire at 5:00pm or 11:59pm?

Answer: It depends! Section 18F-Time is a commonly misinterpreted section of the FAR BAR Contract. Calendar dates are used to compute the critical dates of the contract. If a deadline falls on a calendar date that is not a weekend or national holiday, the deadline expires at the end of that calendar date, which is […]

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“Uber, Lyft No-Show Sparks House Panel Talk Of New Regs,” Law360

Uber and Lyft skipped out on a hearing this week before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee panel, which has resulted in heightened scrutiny over the ride-hailing industry’s regulatory oversight. Business Litigation Shareholder Mark Stempler, who previously represented a Broward taxicab company in a regulatory dispute with Uber, commented on the issue: “There’s no one […]

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“Associations Confront the Continuing Challenge of Short-Term Rentals,” Community Association Management Insider

Short-term rentals are this season’s hot topic. Many communities are wondering what they can do to overcome the challenge of having things like Airbnbs pop up in their neighborhood. There are ways that homeowners associations can impose regulations and restrictions on short-term rentals, without legislation having to pass. “A majority of my associations have leasing […]

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National Network Launched to Link Non-Profits and Charities with Volunteer Construction Lawyers

Building for Good to provide a national platform for pro bono construction law services – starting in four pilot states including Florida. LAUDERDALE, FL, October 15, 2019 — As charitable organizations work to improve inadequate facilities or build new ones, legal bills may hold them back from their mission.  Building for Good, Inc. (B4G), a […]

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“Manager Not Legally Required,” News-Press

Q: The board of my association is considering terminating our management company’s contract and managing the association themselves. Is this permissible or is an association required to have a professional manager? (R.B., via e-mail) A: Neither Chapter 718, Florida Statutes (the Florida Condominium Act), nor Chapter 720, Florida Statutes (the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act), require […]

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“Debtor Must Release Privileged Carlton Fields Attorney-Client Communications, Judge Rules,” Daily Business Review

Becker shareholder Jon Polenberg represents creditor-trustee, Daniel J. Stermer in a suit filed in Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging that ATIF’s 2015 asset transfer to Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, one of the largest title insurance groups in the U.S., was fraudulent. Mr. Polenberg argued that ATIF attempted to avoid […]

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“Preparing for a Busy Fall Season,” FLCAJ

Because most association fiscal years and elections coincide with the end of the calendar year, preparations should be underway for a busy fall season. Here are a few tips to ease the process: Make a “to-do” list of needed repairs or maintenance for the upcoming year. Maintain and review up-to-date financial data throughout the year […]

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“How Does Your Collections Policy Stack Up?,” FLCAJ

Collection of your community’s assessments is critical to maintaining a steady flow of income to support the association’s maintenance responsibilities and maintain the association’s overall fiscal health. Yet with the more urgent day-to-day demands on property managers and volunteer board members, collections can often be neglected or completely overlooked. On day one, new board members […]

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“Personnel Note: Alejandro Alamo — Former Aide to Jeanette Núñez — Joins Becker,” Florida Politics

Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists and other professionals at offices across the East Coast, today announced that Alejandro Alamo has joined the firm as a Government Relations Consultant in its Government Law and Lobbying practice. He was a Legislative Assistant to then-state Rep. Jeanette M. Núñez, now the state’s Lieutenant Governor. “I’m thrilled to be joining Becker […]

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“Amendments Can Be Grouped For Voting,” News-Press

Q: My homeowners’ association is preparing to have the members vote on four different amendments to the governing documents. However, the association is proposing putting the four amendments to the owners in one vote, take it or leave it. It was my understanding that the association was required to put each amendment to a separate […]

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