Transfer your Residence to a Life Estate Under Florida Law- Keep Homestead and Your “Save Our Homes” Valuation

I want to transfer my residence to my child/children keeping a life estate for myself so that my property avoids probate, will I lose my homestead exemption or my “Save Our Home” valuation? NO , to both. Here is why: A transfer from full ownership (fee simple) to a life estate where the grantor keeps … Read more

Renting? Is your landlord in foreclosure?

In this real estate market everyone is looking for a steal. However, some offers are too good to be true. In the past only potential renters required background checks needed to close a rental agreement. Now times are different, and landlords need to be investigated too. Here are some helpful tips if you are planning … Read more

Econometric Services: Valuation and Loss Determination through Expert Analysis

ANDREW DOUGLAS, P.A. now offers forensic valuation and expert witness services. Andrew Douglas, P.A. offers Business Consultations and Forensic Business Valuation services for matters related to proceedings in Eminent Domain, Divorce, Probate and all other litigation. Andrew Douglas is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, and University of Florida College of … Read more

The Miller Act: Recovering from the Bond on Federal Construction Projects

Overview The Miller Act requires that prime contractors for the construction, alteration, or repair of Federal buildings furnish a payment bond for contracts in excess of $100,000. Other payment protections may be provided for contracts between $30,000 and $100,000. The payment bond is required as security for the protection of those supplying labor and/or materials … Read more

Florida Construction Law: Serve a Notice to Owner to Preserve Lien Rights

The filing of a Notice to Owner is just one of many steps in perfecting a claim of lien under Florida law. The Notice to Owner is filed by a subcontractor or materialman who does not have a contract with the Owner. This notices simply lets the Owner know “hey, I am working on your … Read more

Local Preference in Florida Public Procurement

Generally, public works construction projects must be procured by  competitive bidding. Fla. Stat. 255.20(1).  However, the requirement for competitive bidding in Fla. Stat. 255.20 does not prohibit application of any small-business or disadvantaged-business enterprise program or any local-preference ordinance.Fla Stat. 255.20(i). Local Preference ordinances are used by governmental entities to help local businesses obtain public work, … Read more

Florida’s Civil Theft Statute – A powerful addition to a claim for theft/conversion.

Florida’s Civil Theft Statute is a powerful tool to recover  damages for theft and theft related civil actions which enables the Plaintiffs to seek attorney’s fees and treble (triple) damages.  However, there are some nuances in Florida Law which should be reviewed before filing an action for Civil Theft. First, the economic loss doctrine is generally a … Read more

Federal Civil RICO Violations- Open and Closed Ended Continuity

The Federal Civil RICO statute is a very powerful tool that can provide a litigant Federal Question Jurisdiction and the ability to recover treble damages and attorneys’ fees when otherwise unavailable. However, a major hurdle to successfully pleading and prosecuting a civil RICO claim is making sure that the facts support a showing of the … Read more

Andrew Douglas, P.A. IPhone Web App- Now Available

Carry your attorney with you on your phone. Andrew Douglas, P.A. can now be installed on your Iphone as a web-based application. Now you can follow the conversation wherever you go. Go to www.douglasfirm.com on your Iphone Safari browser, Click the “+” button on the bottom of the browser. Select Add to my Home Screen. … Read more