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What you Need to Know About Florida’s Eminent Domain Laws

What you Need to Know About Florida’s Eminent Domain Laws

According to the legal theory of eminent domain, the government can seize private property for public use in exchange for full compensation to be paid to the property owner. While the power of eminent domain is primarily held by federal, state, county, and municipal governments, Florida’s state legislature can also delegate the power to non-governmental entities, such as public utilities. Agencies like the Department of…

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Water Rights Litigation in the Florida Keys

Water Rights Litigation in the Florida Keys

Both Key Largo and Key West are popular vacation spots. Waterfront property, with its sandy beaches and scenic ocean views, is especially desirable. If you own property abutting a body of water in the Keys, it is important to understand your rights to the adjacent water. Riparian Rights Florida uses the riparian rights system to allocate water rights. Under the riparian system, those who own…

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The Pros and Cons of Condominiums in the Florida Keys

The Pros and Cons of Condominiums in the Florida Keys

In the Florida Keys, condominium ownership is a common way to buy a home in a location with limited space and high property values. Purchasing a condo may not be for everyone, however, so it is important to review the pros and cons of condo ownership before making a decision. Pros Condominiums are popular for a reason. Affordability, ease of maintenance, and amenities are all…

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Foreclosures and Deficiency Judgments

Foreclosures and Deficiency Judgments

The recent economic recession saddled many Florida homeowners with properties that were suddenly valued at prices far below their mortgage debt balances. As a result, many property owners were forced to go through the foreclosure process and, in some cases, to pay the difference between the sale proceeds and the remaining debt owed to the original lender. While many states have enacted anti-deficiency statutes that…

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Dividing Property and Assets in a Divorce

Dividing Property and Assets in a Divorce

Property division is one of the biggest issue in any Florida divorce. Hopefully, spouses are able to negotiate and reach an agreement, then submit a property settlement to be ratified by the court. But if a couple cannot come to an out-of-court agreement, a judge will divide the couple’s property. Florida uses the principles of equitable distribution to determine a fair property settlement. Negotiation Ideally,…

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How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

Divorces are often costly, because when divorcing people allow their emotions to take over, rather than make rational fact based decisions. It is almost impossible to predict how much a divorce will cost. Many different factors affect the cost of a divorce, including the amount of property to be divided, whether the couple has children, how willing they are to compromise and work together, and…

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Is It Too Late to Protect Assets from Creditors?

Is It Too Late to Protect Assets from Creditors?

Because every person’s finances are different, it is often difficult to judge when it is too late to adequately protect someone’s assets. However, generally speaking, once bankruptcy or divorce proceedings have been initiated, or a person has become engaged in a lawsuit, it becomes much more difficult to protect assets from creditors. Fortunately, there are steps you can take now to make sure that your…

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Mistakes Happen: Florida Annulments

Mistakes Happen: Florida Annulments

Sometimes, marriages simply do not work out. A fatal flaw is discovered too late, or events conspire to turn people away from spending their lives together. While divorce is an option for most people in these cases, if you have been married only for a very short time, there is another possibility. While they are rare in Florida, it is possible to get a civil...

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