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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...

Are contracts valid if 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, and the 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...

Two contracts; Two mechanic’s liens

September 2, 2016

EXPLAINING THE PROCESS Clients sometimes ask us whether they need to do two (2) separate mechanic’s liens when they have two (2) small contracts on the same project in Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood. They call hoping that the answer will be that they can get away with one (1) lien. This read more...

Public property and lien rights

August 19, 2016

THEY OFTEN DON’T EXIST. BUT THERE’S AN EXCEPTION. If you’re working on public property in Florida, you usually have no lien rights. As a substitute to lien rights a payment bond may be available. However, sometimes there are still rights where one thought there might be none. If the work on read more...

Foreclosing on Smaller Liens

July 14, 2016

PROCESS ONCE WAS MUCH MORE COMPLICATED Lienors are now able to foreclose on mechanic’s liens under $15,000. Broward County Court may provide a more amicable, quicker and less expensive forum than Circuit Court for liens under $15,000. In the past, foreclosing on smaller construction liens in the Fort Lauderdale area read more...

Don’t assume you have lien rights

July 2, 2016

Today’s construction projects have become more treacherous, requiring suppliers and subcontractors performing on them to be more careful in determining what their position is in relation to the owner and general contractor. This elevated level of caution from their Fort Lauderdale attorneys helps them ensure that they protect their rights read more...

Liens and the Proper Payment Act in Broward County

June 27, 2016

Despite the myriad of pitfalls and obstacles created by Florida’s Legislature designed to protect Broward County lienors in their claims against the owners and their right to attorney’s fees should they prevail on a lien foreclosure action, there remains a bastion or safe haven for the owner in the rubric read more...