Real estate law in Florida can include a variety of legal matters. It is best to seek professional advice to avoid issues and ensure proper compliance with the law. Real property can represent the most valuable investment and for that reason, it is wise to allow an experienced attorney to lead the way. Call us for a free initial consultation.
Our law firm can represent individuals and entities in the following matters:
Deed to designate tenants in common, tenants with rights of survivorship, tenants by the entirety or life estate interests with future beneficiaries
Enhanced Life Estate Deed
Escrow deposit issues
Eviction for failure to pay rent (Landlord representation)
Eviction law (Landlord representation)
Facilitating the acquisition, sale or lease of properties
For Sale by Owner
Foreclosure against borrower
Reverse mortgage foreclosure
Reverse mortgage lawsuit
Former spouses jointly own real estate after a divorce
Homestead rights to real property
Interaction between real estate law and bankruptcy law
Judgment lien issues
Landlord and tenant law
Lease with option to purchase
Mortgage law and mortgage loans or other financing
Pre-Purchase Legal Review
Property Title Examination
Purchase and sale of real property (“As Is” Contract for Sale and Purchase)
Quit Claim Deed (may be known as Quick Claim Deed)
Real estate transactions
Release from time share
Representation at closing
Residential lease agreement
Residential real estate
Review and negotiation of the real estate contract
Review of contract with builder, representation throughout process and handling notice to owners and
obtaining releases of lien
Review of real property closing documents
Seller financing (Preparation of mortgage, promissory note, warranty deed)
Seller selling property by owner
Title Lien Search
Title report review
Time share surrender
Time share cancellation
Time share foreclosure
FHA Mortgage Modification
FHA HUD Partial Claim (Subordinate Lien)
Trial Payment Plan for Loan Modifications
Successor in Interest for a mortgage
Realtor – Attorney is also a realtor
Title commitment review
Real Estate Litigation
Some of the common areas of real estate law include transactions, issues related to the ownership of real estate and investment property being leased.
The process of buying or selling residential real estate property can seem simple. In reality, there are several factors a prospective buyer or seller must consider before signing a real estate purchase and sale agreement.
We can provide assistance with real estate sales. This includes the review and drafting of purchase and sale contracts, which may contain terms asking the buyer to purchase the property “as is.” We provide counseling in the event of default that may result in damages due to a potential breach of the agreement. Legal assistance is often required for instances of escrow deposit disputes, or where a seller seeks to do an “owner financing” arrangement with a buyer. For example, there are benefits and drawbacks to a wraparound mortgage if it is used as the financing vehicle. A buyer can benefit from legal counsel for the real estate closing, preparation of the note, mortgage, and identifying mortgage finance issues. Real estate transactions also require title examination to assure marketable title, ensuring that there are no unpaid taxes or liens against the property. We can also advise a buyer regarding owner’s title insurance. For a free consultation, please call our office.
Ownership of real estate can also result in legal issues:
Florida law allows for a property to be jointly owned as tenants in common or tenants with rights of survivorship. There are legal rights and duties in every type of joint ownership, which can sometimes lead to issues among family members who are co-owners of a property.
Other issues of ownership arise in the assumption of an existing mortgage. In this process, the assignor must be legally represented to assure that the lender will release him or her from the responsibility of the mortgage loan.
Borrowers can also fall prey to mortgage fraud, where the need to save a property from foreclosure or the need for money can lead to rescue scams or equity stripping.
Elderly individuals who are considering a reverse mortgage would benefit from legal advice because such a transaction may have legal consequences that should be thoroughly considered.
At times a former owner may claim some ownership to a property, and a quiet-title action may be required to clarify the ownership of any interested individual.
We can also assist owners in landlord-tenant law, real estate leasing, and evictions.
Contact the firm if you are seeking assistance with the drafting and review of leases or notices to vacate. We also offer guidance regarding holdover tenants and other landlord-tenant litigation. Florida law prohibits self-help evictions, and a landlord cannot change the locks to a leased property without following proper legal procedures. A tenant who has not complied with a rental agreement or statutory law may face an eviction. For individuals seeking to sell a property to a tenant, we can provide representation in the preparation of a lease with an option to purchase.
For property owners subject to a homeowner’s association or condominium association, there are several legal issues that may require the advice of an attorney.
Prior to purchasing a property, a prospective buyer can ask an attorney to review the covenants and bylaws of a given association to determine potential rules and assessments that will bind the new owner. It is important to know that failure to pay the assessments of a community association will entitle the association to file a lien against the property, and to potentially foreclose upon the lien. This means that an owner could lose title to his or her home, which is a severe consequence of not paying the dues or other fines. If you have any questions regarding homeowner’s association or condominium association law, please contact us for a free initial consultation.