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We Mourn the Loss of Our Colleague Ricardo A. Gonzalez

October 3, 2022

With profound sadness, we announce the loss of our colleague and dear friend, Ricardo A. Gonzalez. Rick was an exceptional lawyer specializing in complex commercial litigation and regulatory defense and compliance. Rick passed away on September 25, 2022.

2021 American Land Title Association Forms

September 28, 2022
Jeffrey R. Margolis  |  2021 American Land Title Association Forms, Real Estate

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has approved the 2021 American Land Title Association (ALTA) forms for use in Florida.  OIR has approved use of the new ALTA 2021 Policy forms starting October 3, 2022.  The new forms include a new Commitment, Loan and Owner’s Policies, Short Form Residential Loan Policies, as well as the following Endorsements.

 

Client Alert: Updated Social Media Rules in California

September 21, 2022
Heidi Howard Tandy  |  Assembly Bill 587, California Legislative Information

Businesses with a presence in or customers who are residents of California and who have revenue over $100 million per year will soon be required to file semiannual reports with that state’s Attorney General, self-reporting their content moderation policies on hate speech, extremism, and disinformation. 

New Requirements for Residential Landlords

July 18, 2022
Jeffrey R. Margolis

Effective July 1, 2022, landlords of transient or non-transient apartments in Florida are required to perform background checks on all employees and licensees.  Such background checks, which are a condition to employment, are required to be performed by a consumer reporting agency in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and must include screening of criminal history records and sexual predator and sexual offender registries of all fifty (50) states and the District of Columbia.  If the background screening of a prospective employee reveals that the prospective employee has been convicted or found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere, regardless of adjudication, of certain criminal offenses, the landlord may find the prospective employee ineligible for employment.  

Does it Pay to Use Joint Checks in Construction?

June 15, 2022

Using joint checks is an important tool in the construction industry. Joint checks can affect all parties to a construction project. However, joint checks, can create a host of problems. This blog discusses the benefits of joint checks, the legal consequences that can result from joint checks, and how to address potential issues.

Governor Signs New Condominium Legislation Requiring Inspections and Reserves

May 31, 2022
Jeffrey R. Margolis

Senate Bill 4D, which requires regular building inspections and requires condominium associations to maintain reserves, unanimously passed both the Florida House and Florida Senate on May 24th and 25th respectively. Governor DeSantis signed the bill on May 26th.

Client Alert: Biden FY 2023 Budget Plan Extends for Corporate, High-Net-Worth Individuals Tax Hikes

May 9, 2022

On March 28, 2022, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2023 Budget (the “FY23 Budget”), and concurrently, the U.S. Treasury released the General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2023 Revenue Proposals (commonly known as the “Green Book”). 

Bright Outlook for Southeast Multifamily Investment and Development

April 5, 2022
Jeffrey R. Margolis  |  Real Estate, Multifamily, Real Estate Develpment

Despite inflation, rising interest rates, increased construction costs, and supply chain issues, investors, developers, and lenders all agree that the outlook for Southeast multifamily investment and development is bright. The Southeast Multifamily Forum provided the latest market data, analytics, and analysis of the Southeast multifamily market. Data presented at the Southeast Multifamily Forum on the Southeast multifamily real estate market, opportunities, challenges, and trends is highlighted below.

Should AED’s be Installed in Association Facilities?

March 9, 2022
Jeffrey R. Margolis  |  AED, Condominiums Association

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable medical instrument that delivers an electrical impulse to the heart to disrupt and correct an otherwise fatal irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and allows a normal rhythm to resume.  AEDs have been credited with saving countless lives by making it possible for non-medical individuals to respond to a medical emergency, leading the question whether AED’s should be installed in community association facilities. 

Client Alert - It's Complicated: Welcome to Wild World of Appraisals

March 8, 2022
Samuel Gilot  |  Insurance Appraisals, Appraisals

In theory, the appraisal process is designed to be a quicker and more cost-effective alternative to litigation in which the insured and the insurance company get down to the crux of most insurance disputes: the amount of loss. When money is involved, things are never so simple. Two recent decisions highlight the continuing appraisal quagmire. 

Supreme Court Stays OSHA “Vaccinate or Test” Emergency Temporary Standard

February 21, 2022
Terron L. Clark  |  Workplace Vaccine Mandates

On January 13, 2022, the United States Supreme Court granted emergency relief to stay the implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”)’s Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) regarding COVID-19, often referred to as the “vaccine or test” mandate.

E-Mails Are Official Records

February 10, 2022
Condominiums Association

The Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes (the “Division”) recently considered the question whether e-mail communications regarding association business between and among the board of directors of a condominium association which are sent to and/or from the board member’s personal computers and devices are official records of the condominium association that must be maintained and made available to unit owners.