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Becker Prevails in Queens Waterfront Property Case

After an eight-day trial, Becker Shareholder Glenn Spiegel, along with attorney Samantha Lesser, prevailed in a litigation over who owned certain waterfront property in Queens, New York. In the case, Gentile v. Spadaro (23982/09), the plaintiffs claimed that the defendants entered into an oral agreement to sell the property and that the closing took place […]

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Are Commercial Tenants in for a Surprise?

In early January, we learned that the inflation rate reached a staggering 7%, the highest rate since 1982. Analysts blamed many things for this increase. COVID and supply chain issues are cited as two of the leading causes. I don’t suppose it matters much to the average person why everything costs so much. We all […]

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Are NFT’s and Mortgages in Real Estate Possible?

I recently wrote an article discussing how the use of cryptocurrencies in real estate transactions may one day soon be commonplace. Cryptocurrencies have the potential to revolutionize real estate transactions, but cryptocurrencies are not alone in that regard. NFT’s also offer the potential to change the way real estate transactions are conducted and completed.

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Buying Commercial Property? Take Property Inspections Seriously

Everybody who has ever bought a house knows that the property inspection is a crucial part of the purchase process. The property inspector tells the buyer whether the house is in good condition or if repairs are necessary. If nothing else, buyers pay close attention to the roof inspection. A defective roof will derail any […]

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Challenges to Address in the Anticipated Rise in Foreclosures

The third quarter of 2021 saw the largest quarterly percentage increase of foreclosures since 2014.  Lenders started the foreclosure process on 25,209 properties and repossessed 7,574.  That trend can be seen locally too.  We have witnessed an increase in foreclosure filings in Miami-Dade County.  For instance, one third of all foreclosures filings in 2021 have taken place […]

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“Home Heartache,” WSVN 7 News Miami

Buying a home is a complex undertaking that, in order to reach a smooth conclusion, requires the good faith efforts of all parties involved. When that trust is compromised, the process of recovering monies invested or enforcing protective contract clauses can become volatile and overwhelming for homebuyers. Veteran real estate attorney David Blattner discusses the […]

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What Is A Deposition & What Can I Expect?

Whether it is your first or fiftieth legal dispute, facing a deposition can be a daunting prospect for any individual or company representative. Becker attorney John Stratton focuses his practice on business litigation, real estate disputes, and infrastructure/land use conflicts, and removes the mystery from this integral part of legal proceedings. Below is a brief outline […]

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“Coronavirus No Excuse for Day-Late Rent by Business Facing Eviction, Appeals Court Rules” – Daily Business Review

By Lidia Dinkova A Deerfield Beach boat upholstery and cover business is still fighting eviction after an appellate court shot down its claim that the coronavirus pandemic played a role in a day-late rent payment. The Cove & Deerfield Beach LLC, controlled by New York’s Bruscas family, filed the commercial eviction lawsuit in January against […]

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Becker’s Glenn Spiegel Weighs in on Next Steps for Retailers After COVID-19 on CGTN

As the Novel Coronavirus forces retailers to close their doors, many are wondering how they can sustain business and afford the rent. With retail sales down and business grinding to a halt, some are inquiring if force majeure clauses in their contract will apply to the coronavirus, something that will give relief to some and […]

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Simple Protections for Buyers in Commercial Real Estate Contract Negotiations

When entering into a contract to purchase commercial real estate, experienced investors and developers generally understand that dozens of things could go wrong before the closing date that would prevent the closing from happening or could make the acquisition less than attractive, giving the buyer pause as to whether to close at all. As such, […]

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Jon Polenberg Co-Chairs Business Courts Task Force

Jon Polenberg, shareholder in our Business Litigation group, is co-chair of a new Florida Bar Business Law Section task force. Named “The Business Law Task Force” and co-chaired with retired 11th Circuit Judge Gill Freeman, the task force is taking a hard look at Florida business courts to see if the time is right for […]

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