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“Transfer Fee Increase?,” Naples Daily News

Q: You previously addressed the $100 cap on the fees associations can charge when a property is sold. I heard there was a change to this statute. Can you provide an update? J.B. A: My February 16, 2020 column addressed Section 718.112(2)(i) of the Florida Condominium Act which regulates transfer fees which a condominium association […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: September 20, 2021

THE HOUSE As recess concludes, House lawmakers return to D.C. to consider measures to fund the government before it shuts down in 10 days. They are likely to pass a temporary stopgap spending measure until a permanent appropriations bill is passed sometime in December. Though language has not been released, House Democrats are also expected […]

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“I’m Sticking with Zoom for Mediation,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin

Zoom mediation was thrust upon us last year. At first, the technology was intimidating. I was skeptical about people being in different locations. Some have a concern that remote participation impacts the physical pressure and motivation to settle cases. In my experience, forcing people to travel, find parking, and sit for hours on end in […]

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“Community Associations Affected by the 2021 Legislative Session Part VII,” News-Press

This week continues our review of the 2021 legislative changes, continuing the discussion of the amendments in Senate Bill 630 to Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes, the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act. These changes took effect July 1, 2021. Notice to Owners The previous version of Section 720.306(1)(g) of the Homeowners’ Association Act created confusion […]

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Becker Launches Interdisciplinary Sea Level Rise Advisory Team to Serve Florida’s Coastal Residents

As one of the first law firms in Florida to address the legal issues stemming from sea level rise, Becker is excited to announce its interdisciplinary Sea Level Rise Advisory Team which includes experienced and knowledgeable lawyers ready to assist our clients in preparing for the future. Our multifaceted team is comprised of specialists at […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: September 13, 2021

THE HOUSE This week, House Committees will markup their portions of congressional Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which Members hope to pass by the end of September. Those Committees are: Agriculture, Energy & Commerce, Financial Services, Judiciary, Veterans’ Affairs, Homeland Security, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Ways & Means. Because Democrats can only afford to lose […]

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“Digital Disruption: A Practicum on the Importance of Electronic Discovery,” New Jersey Law Journal

Over the past year and a half, as our judiciary and members of the bar have risen to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, the adoption of technology has increased exponentially. For many of us, that has translated to zoom or telephonic court appearances and hearings, and in our experience, virtual trials. It has been […]

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“Community Associations Affected by the 2021 Legislative Session Part VI,” News-Press

This week continues our review of 2021 legislative changes to Florida’s community association statutes. Today will continue the discussion of Senate Bill 630 and its amendments to the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act. These changes took effect July 1, 2021. Reserves One of the more significant changes to the laws this year was to Section 720.303(6) […]

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