What Do You Need to Do if You Have Been Sued?

If you have been sued in Florida, there are several things you must do to defend yourself. Carefully review the lawsuit that has been filed against you.  The lawsuit contains allegations.  Determine whether these allegations are true.  You should also determine whether you have insurance coverage that may pay for your defense or the damages related to the lawsuit.  If so, contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Continue reading

Florida’s Supreme Court Rules on Property Tax Exemption

Florida's Supreme Court rules on Homestead Property Exemption

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court in Garcia v. Andonie, provided guidance on Florida’s Homestead property tax exemption, and provided a favorable ruling for property owners.  The Supreme Court ruled that Fla. Stat. 196.031(1) is invalid and unenforceable to the extent that it imposes a requirement not contained in Florida’s Constitution. Continue reading

Florida Mechanic’s Lien Basics

Florida Mechanic's lien

A Florida mechanic’s lien is a right created by statute providing any person who performs services or provides materials to a property for  construction, to have a lien on that property for any money that is owed to that person for his or her services or materials furnished.  In other words, those who work or provide materials a property, and are not paid-in-full, have a right to file a lien against the property.   A mechanic’s lien can be filed against a property if a contractor fails to pay subcontractors or material suppliers, even if  the contractor has been paid in full by the owner.  If a lien is filed against a property, the property could be sold against the owner’s will to pay for labor, materials or other services which the contractor may have failed to pay. Continue reading