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The Importance of Advance Directives

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Estate Planning

                Often when you hear “estate planning,” you think of planning for what happens after your death.  Unfortunately, planning for sickness or disability during life is sometimes overlooked.  There are several documents that are crucial to have in place in the event you become temporarily or permanently unable to make (or verbalize) decisions related to your health and finances, namely: (i) Durable Power of Attorney; (ii) Health Care Surrogate; (iii) Living Will; and (iv) HIPAA release.                 Durable Power of Attorney.   A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone of your choosing (family member, friend, trusted advisor) […]

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Jury Enters Verdict for BurgerFi in Overtime Wage Claim Brought by Exempt Employee

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 in Real Estate

Disclaimer:  This article does not constitute an advertisement or legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The comments herein should not be relied upon by anyone who reads them. A light emerges as employers prepare for an increase in payroll expenses that will result from the Department of Labor’s Overtime Final Rule, the implementation of which has been delayed, but which will raise the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476.   On December 19, 2016, a jury entered a verdict in favor of the restaurant employer finding that a middle manager is an ‘exempt employee’, despite performing manual labor […]

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King Tide – What’s a Property Owner to Do?

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 in Real Estate

Those of us living in South Florida have all experienced flooded streets and intersections during periods of heavy rainfall.  This intermittent flooding generally dissipates quickly, and most of us consider it to be one of the prices we pay to live in paradise.  Recently, a different type of flooding, termed “sunny day” flooding, has been occurring and is gaining national attention.  This type of flooding, which occurs independently of rainy weather, has become more frequent and severe as a result of sea level rise and is further exacerbated by the occurrence of king tides.  King tides occur when the sun, […]

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Partner Ben Olive Gives Presentation on King Tides and Florida Real Estate Law to South Florida Leaders

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in News

On October 17, Partner Ben Olive gave a presentation on the legal implications of rising sea levels and seasonal flooding for the Fort Lauderdale real estate market. The event was held at Florida Luxurious Properties, a Fort Lauderdale real estate firm. Titled “King Tide 2016: A Glimpse At What South Florida’s Future Could Look Like,” the presentation was coordinated by Colin Polsky, PhD, Director, FAU’s Florida Center for Environmental Studies and was attended by Hon. Ted Deutch, U.S. Congressman for Florida’s 21st District; Hon. Chip LaMarca, Commissioner for District 4, Broward County; Hon. Beam Furr, Commissioner for District 6, Broward […]

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Partner Stephen Hoffman Guest on Nationally Broadcast Radio Show

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 in News

On October 14, 2016, Partner Stephen Hoffman was a guest on the “Philip Bell Legal News and Review Radio Show.”  Mr. Bell hosts this award-winning weekly radio show devoted to legal news and issues with attorney, Michael Santucci.  The show is broadcast locally on 1230 WBZT and nationally on IHeart Radio.  Steve was invited to speak on real estate and land use topics.  Mr. Bell and Mr. Santucci interviewed Steve about the major land development projects he has worked on along with current issues relating to Florida real estate law. You may listen to Steve’s segment below, or save a […]

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Learn from Prince: Be Prepared!

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 in Estate Planning

After the shock of Prince’s unexpected death, it was discovered that he did not have a Last Will and Testament.  This raises a host of issues for his estate, from valuing assets to determining the ultimate beneficiaries.  The most important issue (at least in his case) may be control:  Who will control the legendary “vault” that stores hundreds of unreleased songs? Because Prince closely maintained control and ownership over the rights to his music during his lifetime, it is astounding that he did not properly plan for protecting his most prized asset.  When a person dies without a Last Will […]

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Real Estate Buyer Alert: Miami-Dade County Commercial Surtax Applies to Certain Bulk Condominium Purchases

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in Real Estate

Under Section 201.02 and 201.031 of the Florida Statutes, certain counties are authorized to levy a surtax on documents that transfer interest in Florida real property. However, transfers of interest in single-family residences are exempt from this documentary surtax. The tax applies to deeds and other instruments related to real property in an amount not to exceed $0.45 per $100.00. In 1984, Miami-Dade County exercised this authority, established a Housing Assistance Loan Trust Fund, and implemented the Documentary Surtax Program. This program benefits very low to moderate-income families. Very low-income families have incomes of 50% or less of the median […]

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New Changes to the Federal Fair Labor Standard Act’s Overtime Regulations

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 in Real Estate

Changes to the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations will go into effect on December 1, 2016. The changes focus primarily on updating salary and compensation levels for Executive, Administrative, and Professional workers exempt from the Act. Establishing that an employee is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements involves assessing how the employee is paid, how much the employee earns, and whether the employee primarily performs the type of job duties that Congress meant to exclude from the law’s overtime protections.  In order for an exemption to apply, an employee’s specific job duties […]

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Residential Loan Closings Under the TRID Rules

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 in Real Estate

On October 3, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) implemented a new rule combining the mortgage disclosures borrowers receive when applying for a mortgage and those they receive at the closing table. For more than thirty years, the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) were separately administered. In 2010, Congress directed the CFPB to create rules and model disclosures that combine the required disclosures under TILA and RESPA into an integrated disclosure for mortgage loan transactions. Consumers currently receive different but overlapping federal disclosure forms with the terms and costs of mortgage […]

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