August, 2019

Filling Vacant Seats on the Board of Directors

August 30th, 2019

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

The typical board of directors for a condominium or homeowner’s association consists either 3, 5, or 7 directors, depending on the governing documents and participation within the community.  The election of directors by the membership generally occurs each year at the annual meeting.   Some associations have trouble finding enough candidates to fill the open director positions at the annual elections, but what happens when a director unexpectedly resigns, passes away or is disqualified before the end of his or her term?  How does the association fill that vacant director’s seat?

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Florida Property Taxes – You Must Act Soon If You Wish to Contest Your County’s Proposed Assessments

August 22nd, 2019

Posted in IRS & Tax Information

Your local Florida County Property Appraiser mails out the Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (Truth in Millage or “TRIM” form) in August or September of each year.

Property owners or taxpayers who wish to contest or appeal their property value to the Value Adjustment Board must file a petition (one of the DR-86 forms) with the clerk of court within 25 days of the Notice of Proposed Property Taxes:

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How to Transfer Title after a Car Owner Dies

August 12th, 2019

Posted in Estate & Personal Planning

Transferring the title of a decedent’s vehicle is relatively easy in Florida, courtesy of Florida Statute 319.28.  The initial step in transferring a vehicle title is assessing the ownership.  If the vehicle is owned jointly, then it automatically passes to the co-owner by operation of law at death.

For example, a vehicle titled John Smith and Mary Smith automatically passes to Mary Smith upon John Smith’s passing and vice versa.  Contact the DMV to update the title along with a death certificate.  Form 82152 can be used by surviving spouses.  The DMV’s website is here:  FL DMV

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