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HOAs struggle with Short-Term Rentals. What is the Remedy?

According to FloridaRentals.com, as reported by The Ledger, the Davenport/Four Corners area of Polk County is one of the top 10 vacation rental locations in …

Red, White & Boom – Fireworks and Florida Law

We have just celebrated our country’s 242nd Fourth of July.  Festivities generally involve burgers, beers, bunting and a few fireworks to cap the evening.  Did …

2018 Community Association Legislative Update

The legislature has again been busy.  During the recent legislative session it produced, and in March of 2018 Governor Scott signed, two bills impacting how …

HOAs Beware! MRTA is Coming.

For unwary homeowners’ associations, a danger is lurking beneath the water’s surface.  If one is not careful, it will strike, swallowing whole a community’s restrictive …

2017 Community Association Statutory Update

Summer has come and gone.  With its passing, the time has come to review some helpful, and some not-so-helpful, amendments to the statutes that governs …

Spring Planning – 10% Off Basic Estate Plan!

For every thing there is a season. Spring is not just a time for cleaning.  Nor is it just a time for planting.  Spring is …

Society of the Turtle – Networking, a Jog and a Beer

Winter Haven needs a running club. OK, a jogging club.  Alright, a “get some exercise with friends and have a quick drink” club.  We call …

Stop Procrastinating About Estate Planning

Did you know that 74% of U.S. parents with children under the age of 18 lack a will?  Of all U.S. adults, only 4 in …

Creditors’ Claims in Probate

As an estate planning practitioner, I always discuss with clients the pros and cons of avoiding probate.  Probate is the judicial process by which a …

Quality or Quantity? Time-sharing and Divorce in Florida

As a generality, most people prefer quality over quantity. A fabulous three day vacation to an exotic locale beats a week staycation on the couch. …

Guardianships are expensive; avoid them.

A guardianship is expensive.  Avoid it if possible.  Chapter 744, Florida Statutes, is called the Florida Guardianship Law.  It is lengthy, complicated and something you …

Garnishment – Take it to the Bank!

Garnishment is a fancy word.  Lawyers love fancy words.  Does it involve decorating a meal (Webster’s thinks so)?  In legal terms, garnishment is the method …

Service of Process Abroad – Who needs diplomats when we have FedEx?

Most trial lawyers, in initial client conferences, spend little time discussing service of process.  In civil litigation, that is because it is usually a no-brainer: …

Your home is your castle, but beware the board of directors.

Do you live in a deed restricted community, such as a homeowners association or a condominium?  If so, you are probably somewhat familiar with the …