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Month: October 2020
Documentary stamp Tax
Contract
Eric Gros-Dubois

What is the Florida Documentary Stamp Tax?

The Florida Documentary Stamp Tax is an excise tax that is enforced on certain documents that are executed, delivered, or recorded in the state. An excise tax is an indirect tax charged by the government on the sale of a particular good or service.

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Foreclosure EPGD
Real Estate Law
Oscar Gomez

What is a “Condition Precedent” to Filing a Foreclosure Action in Florida?

In Florida, if a bank, lender or servicer anticipates filing a foreclosure action, there are certain steps it must take prior to doing so. These provisions are called conditions precedent to foreclosure. State and federal law, as well as the contractual language of the mortgage and promissory note, set forth some of those requirements. Financial institutes are under the obligation to abide by these conditions. Failure to do so opens the door to defenses to the foreclosure claim which can lead to dismissal of the case.

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Sr. Trust and Estate
Trusts & Estates
Elizabeth Fernandez

Florida’s Slayer Statute

One of the most bone-chilling and eerie probate laws in Florida is the “Slayer Statute”. Essentially, slayer statutes prevent murderers from inheriting from their victims. The majority of the states in the U.S. have enacted statutes preventing someone from inheriting from an individual whose death they have caused, but specific rules and provisions vary from state to state on how the Slayer statute is applied. 

For example, some states vary on whether an insanity defense is taken into account on the topic of inheritance and probate. Other distinctions include whether the “slayer” committed an intentional homicide and not a manslaughter, whether a criminal conviction is required for the Slayer statute to be applied in the probate context, and whether the heirs of the “Slayer” are also disinherited. 

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EPGD Tax Law
Tax Law
Alex Cruz

What is a Like-kind Exchange?

A like-kind exchange (also referred to as a 1031 exchange or Starker exchange) can help lower your current tax bill by deferring the tax due on the sale of your property.

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EPGD PPP Loan
Business Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

Your Questions About PPP Loan Forgiveness Answered

With the SBA’s release of the simplified PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, business owners are trying to navigate all the available options for PPP loan forgiveness. Here are some common questions with answers according the SBA’s regulations as of October 13, 2020. Please note that the SBA’s requirements and application process for PPP Loan Forgiveness are constantly evolving, thus you should always double check that this information is consistent with the current guidelines provided by the SBA.

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EPGD PPP Loan
Business Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

The SBA Announces New, Simplified Loan Forgiveness Application

As of October 13, 2020, The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced a one-page loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $50,000. This new application streamlines documentation requirements and does not require any complicated calculations as were required on prior versions of the form.

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EPGD Estate Planning
Estate Planning
Niuris Bezanilla

How Will My Heirs Inherit From Me?

A topic that comes up often in estate planning is how to divide up estate assets among beneficiaries. “Should I divide up my inheritance?” “Should one child get more than the other?” As estate planning attorneys, our role is not just to prepare documents and make sure things are in place for our client’s wishes and intentions to be carried out, but to also counsel and advise our clients on the best strategies given their unique situations.

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EPGD Law Employment
Employment Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

What If I Was Furloughed In Florida?

According to Section 110.107(11) of the Florida Statutes, “Furlough” means a temporary reduction in the regular hours of employment in a pay period, or temporary leave without pay for one or more pay periods, with a commensurate reduction in pay, which is necessitated by a projected deficit in any fund that supports salary and benefit appropriations.

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EPGD Real Estate Law
Real Estate Law
Eric Gros-Dubois

When May a Landlord Withhold a Tenant’s Security Deposit?

A security deposit is a refundable fee a landlord takes from a tenant at the start of a lease term. Landlords may withhold security deposits for several reasons, such as protection against damage to the premises, to cover a loss due to non-payment of rent, or to cover unpaid utilities once the tenant has vacated the premises.

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