BANKING AND FINANCE LAW Our firm represents banks and business and individual customers of banks in various banking and finance related matters. Our attorneys are skilled in the preparation of all types of banking and loan documents. We handle both simple and complex real estate and commercial loan transactions for banks and customers. We prepare loan agreements, mortgages, security agreements, UCC filings, promissory notes and related loan documentation. We advise banks and customers on matters involving the interpretation of banking laws and regulations. We also furnish title insurance in connection with real estate loans (see Real Estate Law area).
In addition to the above office practice, we handle a wide variety of banking and bank related litigation in the Florida and Federal courts. We prosecute and defend mortgage foreclosure suits as well as loan actions such as suits on promissory notes and foreclosure of security agreements.[BACK TO TOP]
COMMERCIAL LAW Our firm provides a variety of services to our business clients ranging from advice in selecting the type of organizational entity under which to operate, the preparation of agreements, the sale and purchase of businesses and business assets, the funding and financing for business operations, advice on employment matters to liquidation and dissolution. We represent all forms of entities - corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and sole proprietorships.[BACK TO TOP]
REAL ESTATE LAW Our firm represents real estate developers, businesses, individuals and lenders in all proceedings and transactions that deal with real property (land and the structures attached to it) including purchase and sale, construction, mortgages and foreclosures, commercial leases, landlord-tennant, zoning and land use, title examinations, quiet title actions, closings and management. We also issue title insurance underwritten by national title insurance companies for which we serve as agents. We represent condominium associations, home owner associations and other real property management organizations.[BACK TO TOP]
CONSTRUCTION LAW Our firm represents contractors, sub-contractors, owners, construction managers, developers, design professionals and materialmen in all aspects of the construction process, including bidding, document preparation, contract negotiation, contract performance, financing and warranty issues, mechanics and materialmen liens, claims and dispute resolution.[BACK TO TOP]
EMPLOYMENT LAW Our firm is experienced in interpreting state and federal statutes and case law in areas such as employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour standards, employment contracts, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and other state and federal employment laws. Our attorneys assist our business clients in developing policies and procedures to avoid employment disputes.[BACK TO TOP]
CONDOMINIUM AND HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION LAW Our firm represents developers and condominium and homeowner associations during and after developer control. We routinely handle legal issues and disputes and litigation involving associations. Our attorneys advise the boards of directors and prepare agreements, corporate documents and other legal documents for associations.[BACK TO TOP]
COMMERCIAL TRIALS Our firm represents and advises businesses and individual clients who are or who might become involved in a lawsuit or appeal as a result of a dispute. Typical commercial lawsuits which we handle involve contract disputes, mortgage foreclosures, mechanics lien foreclosures, construction disputes, real estate disputes, employment claims and corporation disputes. Our goal is pretrial resolution, but when that is not advantageous to our client, we bring the dispute to judicial resolution. We also act as certified mediators of disputes for other litigants.[BACK TO TOP] .
ESTATE AND FINANCIAL PLANNING Our firm handles estate and financial planning matters. Our attorneys are skilled in federal estate and gift tax laws and income tax laws as they apply to gifts, estates and trusts. We are familiar with charitable giving and its effect upon estates and taxes. We can assist you in avoiding probate and minimizing taxes.[BACK TO TOP]
WILLS AND TRUSTS Our firm prepares wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, irrevocable trusts, charitable annuity and remainder trusts and other documents which are used in the estate planning process. We will insure that any document you sign is properly executed and will be lawful and enforceable. If we prepare a trust for you, we will advise you on how, when and to what extent it should be funded.[BACK TO TOP]
PROBATE, TRUST AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION Our firm is skilled in probate, trust and estate administration matters. Probate is the legal process by which a personís debts are paid and assets are distributed upon his or her death, if arrangements for alternative distribution are not made prior to death. In many cases probate can and should be avoided, but when it cannot, we will make the probate process as painless as possible. Estate administration includes the probate process as well as the non-probate transfer of the decedentís assets (e.g. distribution of joint property, homestead distribution and trust distribution). We prepare federal estate tax returns. We employ highly skilled paralegals to keep the cost of probate, trust and estate administration reasonable for our clients.[BACK TO TOP]
GUARDIANSHIP LAW Our firm is skilled in Floridaís guardianship law and procedures. In most situations, legal guardianships can and should be avoided. In those instances when a guardianship is necessary, we can assist in providing competent and cost effective legal representation to the guardian. We also represent the ward in incompetency proceedings.[BACK TO TOP]
CIVIL TRIALS Our firm represents and advises individual clients who are or who might become i nvolved in a civil lawsuit or appeal as a result of a dispute. Typical lawsuits include contract disputes, mortgage foreclosures, mechanics lien foreclosures, real estate disputes, employment claims and collection disputes. Our goal is pretrial resolution, but when that is not advantageous to our client, we bring the dispute to judicial resolution. We also act as certified mediators of disputes for other litigants.[BACK TO TOP]