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Irma Causes Fort Lauderdale Crane Collapse

September 14, 2017

In our blog before Hurricane Irma hit last week, attorney David S. Tupler spoke of the construction accident risks associated with the unsecured cranes atop buildings in South Florida. Despite some manufacturers’ claims that cranes are designed to remain upright in winds up to 145 m.p.h., three construction cranes collapsed read more...

Can A Commercial Lease Be Terminated?

September 12, 2017

Generally, in Florida, a commercial lease may be legally “broken” or prematurely terminated by a Broward County landlord or a tenant when the lessor or lessee fails to honor something previously agreed upon according to the agreement, or when the landlord or tenant fails to obey an applicable law which read more...

Hurricane Irma: Construction Accident Risks Skyrocket

September 8, 2017

Fort Lauderdale residents and businesses were given plenty of notice this week regarding the potential perils of Hurricane Irma. A week before projected landfall, we have been lectured repeatedly about the hazards associated with storm surge, heavy winds and flooding. Throughout South Florida, property owners are racing to shutter their read more...

Can a contract be voided?

September 6, 2017

If two (ore more) parties sign a written agreement, learning that it’s voidable may be jarring. However, in Broward County and elsewhere in Florida, it can happen. Contract dispute attorney David S. Tupler, P.A. offers the following as possible grounds for nullification of a signed contract in Fort Lauderdale and read more...

Changes: 2013 Lien & Foreclosure Laws

June 15, 2017

As the state with the largest inventory of backlogged foreclosures, Florida also has one of the longest foreclosure timelines in the country. In 2013, the State Legislature took steps to remedy the slow pace and mounting backlog by passing House Bill 87, also known as the Florida Fair Foreclosure Act read more...

What is a Notice of Commencement?

June 4, 2017

Chapter 713 of the Florida Statutes covers construction liens, or mechanic’s liens. This law has certain requirements specified that protect contractors, subcontractors, sub-subcontractors and suppliers with provisions for timely payment and for enforcing liens on property in the event of non-payment. There are also safeguards for property owners from having read more...

Validity of contract signed when drunk?

May 23, 2017

People routinely make incorrect decisions when they’re under the influence of alcohol. In some instances, an intoxicated person may sign a contract while under the influence only to later regret entering into the agreement. Fortunately, Florida law often grants recourse to individuals who sign a contract while intoxicated. Elements of read more...

When is a commercial lease binding?

March 8, 2017

Commercial and residential leases have major differences, one of which is Florida’s consumer protection laws. Privacy laws, security deposits and the same uniformity of other tenants’ leases are also not necessarily connected to a commercial lease. There are many reasons why comprehensive review by a Fort Lauderdale lease dispute attorney read more...

Expired contractor license penalties

March 7, 2017

If a contractor’s license lapses and no contracting work is being performed by the unlicensed contractor, there’s no problem. However, if a person chooses to act in the capacity of a contractor without being licensed to do so, the penalties may be severe. Those penalties are covered in Florida Statute read more...

Oral contracts in Florida: Are they binding?

September 25, 2016

Updated: May 26th, 2017 With the exception of contracts that are required to be in writing pursuant to Florida law – as listed below – oral agreements are binding and legally enforceable. However, just because an oral contract is enforceable does not make entering into one advisable or favorable. They’re notoriously difficult read more...