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Condo & HOA Collection Practices

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May 15th, 2020

Posted in Condominium & Homeowner Association Law

Collections practices in Community Association law are largely controlled by Florida Statutes (Section 720.3085  for Homeowners Associations or Section 718.121 for Condominium Associations) as well as adherence to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Association documents such as the Declaration of Covenants. Once courtesy notices have sent to a delinquent owner, accounts should generally be turned over to your attorney for collections. The legal collection process typically starts with a Notice of Intent to Lien being sent to the property owners of record, giving condominium owners thirty (30) days to respond and homeowners association members forty-five (45) days to respond.


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Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

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April 3rd, 2020

Posted in Business Law

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was just passed by Congress.  The CARES Act totaling $2 trillion provides for individuals, families, governments, large corporations, and small businesses.  As to small businesses, below are some important links to Resources to help.  The first link is a guide by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, which outlines the various aspects of the CARES Act that apply to small businesses.  The second and third links are to the Treasury Department and SBA, which provides important updates on the CARES Act.


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New Legislation Affects Tax Reporting on Florida Corporations

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February 18th, 2020

Posted in IRS & Tax Information

Last summer, Florida passed new legislation requiring all Florida corporate income tax filers to provide certain additional information online with the Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR). The new online information disclosure relates to how certain areas of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impact a company’s Florida income tax. Note that the state has limited this additional online reporting to only those companies required to file a Florida corporate income/franchise tax returns (Form F-1120 or F-1120-A). Other entity types such as partnerships are not affected by this legislation.


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Major Highlights of the New “Secure Act” Signed into Law

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January 17th, 2020

Posted in Asset Protection,Estate & Personal Planning,IRS & Tax Information

The SECURE Act, or the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act”, was recently signed into law on December 20, 2019 without much notice.  It took effect on January 1, 2020 and significantly changed the landscape of retirement planning.  Here are some of the major changes created by the new law:


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IRS Audit Rate Has Dropped Steeply Since 2010

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November 8th, 2019

Posted in IRS & Tax Information

Are you concerned about being audited by the IRS? An IRS audit takes place when the Internal Revenue Service chooses to review a taxpayer’s accounts to verify that tax laws are being followed. As a preliminary caution, beware of phone scams as the IRS will always initiate a tax audit by mail. The IRS will not call to demand immediate payment or ask for a debit or credit card number over the phone, nor will they threaten to bring in local law enforcement to arrest people. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims.


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

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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

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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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7 Things Accomplished by Having a Will

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March 19th, 2019

Posted in Estate & Personal Planning

Let’s start off with what happens if you do not have a Will. If you die without a will (this is called dying “intestate”), your property will be distributed to your heirs according to a formula fixed by law.


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