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Get a good contract when you're buying a home

In real estate, one thing is sure: You have to make sure that your contract is legal. When a contract is legally binding, it protects you. You retain many rights and can stop others from taking advantage of you or your finances.

For example, if you're interested in buying a house, you might enter into a contract that states that you will buy the house upon a positive inspection. If there are major problems, you would retain the ability to walk away from the purchase or to ask the seller to fix what's wrong.

The right commercial lease for your Florida small business

Finding commercial property that makes sense for your Florida small business is not an easy task. Commercial space not only has to fit the operational needs of your company, it also had to fit your budget. Even in your haste to move forward once you find the ideal property, it is in your interests to make sure that your commercial lease is fair and reasonable.

Commercial leases are negotiable. This means that you probably have the ability to work with the landlord to make sure the terms of the contract suit the needs of your business and do not expose you to unnecessary risk. Before you sign a contract, it's prudent to carefully review it and make sure that you are not agreeing to something that could cause problems down the road.

Rising costs challenge construction teams in Florida

Florida is no stranger to natural disasters, but did you realize how much a disaster can affect your construction project and costs? Even if the project itself is going to plan, the cost of bringing construction tools and materials to your site may increase.

This can be a big problem for people with contracts that dictate a final price for a project. It can mean losing out on your profits or even going into the red to complete the project as assigned.

Why work with an attorney when you need a contract?

Contracts are important. They're there to protect you and the other party from breaches. Of course, your concern should be to protect yourself and prevent a breach of contract whenever possible. It's essential that you meet your end of the agreement, and it's also wise to add in penalties against the other party in the case that they don't hold up their end of the contract.

Many people are under the impression that a contract is simple to draw up, and while some might be straightforward, there's still a case to be made for having your attorney create the contract for you.

Understand the importance of homeowners insurance

When you own a home, one of the things that you have to do is insure it. There are many reasons why you should buy homeowners insurance.

For instance, your home is likely the largest financial purchase and investment that you will make. Despite the fact that most homes are a good investment, homes also face damage through natural disasters, vandalism, liability due to injuries that are suffered on the property and other serious events.

Protect yourself if you're constructing projects for a client

Construction law refers to any legal issues that come up related to the construction of a structure or building. This can include things such as breaches of contract, defects, mechanic's liens and other factors that may impact construction.

One of the most common issues that comes up during the construction of any building or structure is money. Money issues, like unexpected costs or the refusal to pay for a project that doesn't meet specifications, can quickly lead to lawsuits.

What should you know about construction defects?

A construction defect is a problem that can affect your home, business or other type of structure you own. These issues are often initially unseen, which means you may not know there is a problem until weeks or months after occupancy. More than just an inconvenience to you, construction defects can threaten your safety as well as your finances and other areas of your personal or professional life.

It may be beneficial for you to understand what you can do to fight back if you are the victim of construction defects. You may want to know what you can do next and how you can secure appropriate compensation for your financial losses. You have the right to protect your interests and fight for a beneficial outcome to your current legal concerns.

21st Century Oncology facing lawsuit from former providers

Contracts are there to protect both parties' interests, but they sometimes hurt more than they help. In certain cases, someone unhappy with a contract may take the other party to court.

That's what happened in this Florida case involving former 21st Century Oncology oncologists. They sued in federal court to get out of a noncompete contract. The Florida Legislature is currently considering legislation that would eliminate those employment agreements for specialty doctors.

Can you hire employees from outside the United States?

As a business owner, there may be times when you can't find the right employees in the area. As a result, you might want to turn to international hiring or seeking help from immigrant workers.

It is your responsibility to make sure that any employee you hire is eligible to work in the United States. To do this, you have to file a form called the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, or Form I-9, within three days of hiring the new employee.

Get the right home with a secure contract

When you're looking at properties, the last thing you want is to be locked into a purchase that you know you don't want to make. For that reason, most potential buyers are very specific when choosing the property they want and the contract they're satisfied with.

A real estate contract can bind you to the purchase of a property, but you have the opportunity to insert clauses to protect yourself. For example, you could agree to purchase a property as long as the inspections come back without major problems. You could also add clauses that allow you to back out for any reason so long as you pay a fee to the seller.

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