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Do You Need a Lady Bird Deed?


Do You Need a Lady Bird Deed? By: Emma Christman, Esq.  When a family creates an estate plan, their primary goals are often to make sure their assets are received by their loved ones and that a probate administration is not needed. Most individuals also want to retain full control of their assets during their lifetime.  

The “Estoppel Law”


The “Estoppel Law” By: Morgan Hila, Esq. On June 14, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 398 pertaining to Estoppel Certificates into law effective July 1, 2017. The new law modifies the previous requirements relating to the issuance and expiration of estoppel certificates, substantially amending Chapter 719 of the Florida Statutes governing cooperatives, Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes governing condominiums, and Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes governing homeowners’ associations.  

THAT’S A DEALBREAKER! "Avoid Misinterpretations in Written Contracts"


THAT’S A DEALBREAKER! Avoid Misinterpretations in Written Contracts (part 2 of 2) By: Rachel Kerlek, Esq. In Part 1 of this article, we discussed the importance of businesses having written agreements to govern their relationships. A well-written agreement allows the parties to eliminate doubt regarding their rights and obligations, and provides a road map to help predict how a dispute may end. However, if parties are not careful, those agreements can act as a double-edged sword. This article discusses a second issue that often leads businesses to court—failing to read, understand and follow those all-important agreements.  

Condominium and Homeowners’ Association Disclosures in Florida


Did you know that Florida Law specifically protects a buyer purchasing a residence subject to a membership in a condominium or homeowners’ association, ensuring that all information pertaining to the transaction is made readily available for review? A real estate transaction that requires membership in a condominium or homeowners’ association triggers a number of statutory disclosure requirements. Buyers and sellers often overlook the extreme importance of these detailed and complete timely disclosures leading to potentially disastrous results, including, but not limited to the potential cancellation of the sale without recourse.

How to Build or Remodel Your Home Without the Headaches


How to Build or Remodel Your Home Without the Headaches by: Mark A. Slack, Esq.   Did you know…You could be required to pay a subcontractor even though you had already paid your contractor for the same labor, services and materials. That’s because a subcontractor or supplier who worked on your home can place a valid lien on it, even though you paid your contractor in full and your contractor gave you a final release of lien.

2017 WWMR&G REALTOR® ASSEMBLY


2017 WWMR&G Realtor® Assembly by Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith, PLLC WWMR&G is proud to announce that it will be holding its 1st Annual Realtor® Assembly on June 22 at the Hilton – Naples, Florida. WWMR&G’s goal is to provide Realtors in Southwest Florida with a comprehensive educational event.

WWMRG Adds Attorney Lisa Glenn


Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith Adds Attorney Lisa Glenn NAPLES, FL (February 17, 2017) – Naples-based law firm Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith, PLLC is expanding its footprint in the Naples, Florida and Indianapolis, Indiana markets with the addition of a new law partner as of February, 2017.  Lisa M. Glenn, Esq., has joined the firm as a partner in the Trust and Estates Department.  Lisa is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Florida, and will split her time between the firm’s Naples, Florida and Indianapolis, Indiana offices.  

How to Avoid Closing Delays with Your Lender


  How to Avoid Closing Delays with Your Lender By: Loretta Tsiskakis, Esq. There are many reasons why a real estate closing can be delayed or cancelled when the transaction involves institutional financing. If you are considering obtaining financing to purchase real estate, it is important to keep in mind common delays that occur with lenders in order to increase your chances of avoiding these delays and closing as scheduled.  

Have You Taken Steps to Avoid Probate?


Have You Taken Steps to Avoid Probate? By: DavidA. Ruben, Esq. Did You Know: If you are a Florida resident and die with assets titled in your individual name without a beneficiary designation, your loved ones will almost certainly have to go through the time and expense of a probate administration at your death!