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Murtha & Murtha, PLLC Blog

Murtha & Murtha, PLLC Blog

Covers legal news affecting Long Island, New York residents, including civil rights, real estate matters, constitutional issues, and more.

http://www.murthalawfirm.com/category/all-posts
  • Jan 17

    Landlords, Think Twice About Signing a Written Lease With Your Tenant.

    Landlords, Think Twice About Signing a Written Lease With Your Tenant.
         Many landlords feel a need to memorialize in writing almost every word exchanged with their tenants.  But is having a written lease agreement really in the landlord’s interest?      Written…
  • Jan 10

    Copyright Infringement – What Constitutes Fair Use?

    Copyright Infringement – What Constitutes Fair Use?
             There are few issues more controversial, divisive, and misunderstood at the moment than the scope of the fair use doctrine as a defense to copyright infringement. Let’s take a look at exactly what…
  • Jan 5

    Landlord Tenant Eviction Process: How To Enforce a Judgment of Possession and a Warrant of Eviction

    Landlord Tenant Eviction Process: How To Enforce a Judgment of Possession and a Warrant of Eviction
         In both Nassau and Suffolk County, when a landlord goes to court to evict a tenant, the landlord is seeking legal authority to have an enforcement officer physically remove the tenant from the rental premises, restoring…
Rank this Week: 2436

CityLand

CityLand

Features New York City land use news and legal research. From New York Law School.

http://www.citylandnyc.org/
  • Jul 24

    Protecting Landmarks and the Landmarking Proce

    Protecting Landmarks and the Landmarking Proce
    Nearly 50 years ago the city passed its landmarks law, with the goal of ensuring that historically significant sites and areas could be saved before they might be destroyed, as happened with Penn Station and countless other fallen landmarks.…
  • Jul 23

    Center for New York City Law Breakfast: Carl Weisbrod

    Center for New York City Law Breakfast: Carl Weisbrod
    The Center for New York City Law cordially invites you to a City Law Breakfast presenting Carl Weisbrod Chair of the NYC City Planning Commission ✱✱✱ DATE: Friday, September 5, 2014 ✱✱✱ TIME:…
  • Jul 17

    New Preschool Planned for Vacant Fillmore Place Lot

    New Preschool Planned for Vacant Fillmore Place Lot
    Applicants say wood in proposed façade would mirror the tone of the historic district’s primarily masonry fabric in contemporary language. On July 8, 2014, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, in its first meeting headed by new…
Rank this Week: 2880

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

Florida HOA Lawyer Blog

By Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, P.A.

http://www.floridahoalawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 22

    Condo Associations' Rights to Enter, Maintain and Rent Abandoned Units Expanded by New Florida Law

    Condo Associations' Rights to Enter, Maintain and Rent Abandoned Units Expanded by New Florida Law
    By Roberto C. BlanchThe Florida Legislature has enacted a number of new laws over the last several years that were in direct response to the foreclosure crisis and the meltdown in the housing market. The latest example of such a law was…
  • Jul 7

    Pet Pig Dispute in Lake Worth Association Makes the Nightly New

    Pet Pig Dispute in Lake Worth Association Makes the Nightly New
    By Laura Manning-HudsonOne of the more memorable service animal disputes that my fellow community association attorneys at our law firm and I recall learning about was chronicled recently in a report by WPTV- NBC Channel 5 News in Palm Beach…
  • Jun 23

    HOA Takeover Case in Las Vegas Provides Lessons for Florida Community Association Election

    HOA Takeover Case in Las Vegas Provides Lessons for Florida Community Association Election
    By Roberto C. BlanchCommunity association boards control the purse strings of the communities they govern, and as such they have been long-standing targets of individuals seeking to defraud associations. A recent case involving the takeover…
Rank this Week: 3037

Breaking Ground: What's New in…

Breaking Ground: What's New in Real Estate Law

Updates in real estate law including leasing, financing, corporate real estate, environmental law. By Sherin and Lodgen.

http://blog.sherin.com/blog/
  • Jul 22

    A Primer: Economic Loss Doctrine Not Necessarily Bar to Tort Recovery

    A Primer: Economic Loss Doctrine Not Necessarily Bar to Tort Recovery
    Written by: Anthony L. DeProspo Although the “economic loss doctrine” has historically barred recovery of certain classes of tort damages, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently affirmed an Appeals Court decision…
  • Jul 8

    Massachusetts Registered Land - A Primer

    Massachusetts Registered Land - A Primer
    Written by: Andrew Royce Many out-of-state attorneys and real estate professionals are unfamiliar with the existence of registered land in Massachusetts.  Approximately 15 to 20% of Massachusetts land is registered, meaning that title is…
  • Jun 30

    2014 Massachusetts Solar Update

    2014 Massachusetts Solar Update
    Written by: Bethany A. Bartlett  SREC II: It seems we hardly knew you.  In April of 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) published amendments to 225 CMR 14.00 creating the next generation of the Solar…
Rank this Week: 3122

On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real…

On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real Estate Law Blog

Covers news and commentary on real estate development, environmental and construction law. By Mirick O'Connell.

http://mirickrealestatelawblog.com/
  • Jul 16

    Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standard

    Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standard
    Following up on my post dated November 15, 2012, as of July 1, 2014, the International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”) 2012 went into effect, replacing the former baseline building energy code regulations.  The…
  • Jun 18

    A Lesson From Somerville: Better Zoning Promotes Economic Growth

    A Lesson From Somerville: Better Zoning Promotes Economic Growth
    Paul McMorrow wrote an interesting column in yesterday’s Boston Globe that deserves reading, particularly for those interested in crafting workable zoning codes and bylaws in our cities and towns.  The current zoning process in…
  • May 15

    SJC: Private Forest Land Eligible for Tax Exemption

    SJC: Private Forest Land Eligible for Tax Exemption
    As an update to our previous post, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today reversed the Appellate Tax Board (ATB) and held that forest land owned by a private conservation organization should be exempt from local property taxes. The decision…
Rank this Week: 3162

Nolo's Real Estate Tips for Home…

Nolo's Real Estate Tips for Home Buyers

Covers homebuying, mortgages, and homeownership. Ilona Bray.

http://blog.nolo.com/realestate/
  • Jul 15

    Miami Real Estate Industry Willfully Blind to Sea Level Rise

    Miami Real Estate Industry Willfully Blind to Sea Level Rise
    It takes a writer from a British newspaper to point up the absurdity of human behavior in Miami, where despite obviously rising sea levels, “The local population is steadily increasing; land prices continue to surge; and building is…
  • Jul 9

    Rent vs. Buy Analysis Now a 50-50 Proposition, Nationwide

    Rent vs. Buy Analysis Now a 50-50 Proposition, Nationwide
    Rent or buy, rent or buy? Good reasons always exist to do either. Renting offers flexibility, protection from getting in over your head financially and being foreclosed on, yet limited freedom within one’s space; buying offers a…
  • Jun 30

    Why Non-Parent Homebuyers Should Care About School Quality

    Why Non-Parent Homebuyers Should Care About School Quality
    Who’s thinking about school in the middle of summer, right? Well, I went to a neighborhood party yesterday, which was heavily attended by parents of toddlers, and the primary topic of conversation was where they were going to send the…
Rank this Week: 2922

California Eminent Domain Law Blog

California Eminent Domain Law Blog

Covers eminent domain news in California. By the California Eminent Domain Law Group.

http://blog.eminentdomainlaw.net
Rank this Week: 3067

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.

Covers Florida real estate law, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, estate planning and family law.

http://www.thorpelawfirm.com/blog/
  • Jul 14

    Mt. Gox Files for Chapter 15 Bankruptcy

    Mt. Gox Files for Chapter 15 Bankruptcy
    Mt. Gox, a well-known bitcoin exchange based in Tokyo, filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in the US on June 17. The filing comes more than one week after the company filed bankruptcy in Japan. Mt. Gox’s trustee for the ……
  • Jun 30

    From Bankrupt to Owning a Home

    From Bankrupt to Owning a Home
    There aren’t many things that can turn your life upside down like filing for bankruptcy. Over a million Americans last year had to make the gut-wrenching decision to file and start all over again. Bankruptcy, if at all possible, should…
  • Jun 16

    Sbarro: Cheese Pizza with a Side of Bankruptcy

    Sbarro: Cheese Pizza with a Side of Bankruptcy
    “I could really go for a lukewarm piece of food court pizza right now,” said no one ever. Unfortunately, Sbarro pizza does not rank high in the foods people flock to the malls to eat, and it shows in the … Continue reading…
Rank this Week: 3171

Boston, MA Divorce and Law Blog

Boston, MA Divorce and Law Blog

Covers Massachusetts law in the areas of family law, real estate, litigation, and other legal issues. By Alan Pransky.

http://massfamilylawblog.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 13

    Jury mistrials caused by the Internet

    Jury mistrials caused by the Internet
    Many people think that jury trials are proceedings in which a jury looks to discover the truth. In practice, jury trials are a search for justice and fairness. Justice does not necessarily mean a search for truth. Justice, in a court…
  • Jul 8

    Massachusetts and the right of privacy in our homes.

    Massachusetts and the right of privacy in our homes.
    According to a recent stories on the internet, a drone was used to spy on a woman in her home. Two men were seen flying a drone with a video screen showing a display from a camera on the drone. In other words, using the drone as a high-tech…
  • Jun 26

    Criminal Law and Double Jeopardy by Michael S. Berg, guest blogger

    Criminal Law and Double Jeopardy by Michael S. Berg, guest blogger
    One commonly misunderstood concept in criminal law is that of double jeopardy. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that no person shall "be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb."…
Rank this Week: 2658

New Jersey Redevelopment

New Jersey Redevelopment

Covers news and updates regarding redevelopment matters, laws, news and updates throughout New Jersey. By Michael A. Bruno and Marc D. Policastro.

http://www.njredeveloper.com
  • Jul 11

    Attention Tenants! Grow-NJ Tax Credits Without Prevailing Wage

    Attention Tenants! Grow-NJ Tax Credits Without Prevailing Wage
    A little known regulation makes a big difference for tenants taking less than 55% of a leased facility. Namely, these tenants may be eligible to receive millions of dollars of monetizable corporate income tax credits under New Jersey’s…
  • Dec 18

    The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013: Incentives and Challenges for Residential Developer

    The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013: Incentives and Challenges for Residential Developer
    As of November 18, 2013, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“EDA”) began accepting applications for the new state-sponsored incentive programs created under the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (the…
  • Dec 3

    Garden State Growth Zones Under The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013

    Garden State Growth Zones Under The Economic Opportunity Act of 2013
    The New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, signed into law in September 2013, provides significant bonus incentives. The most generous incentives under the Act are reserved for four (4) municipalities defined as within the Garden State…
Rank this Week: 2685

RESPA Lawyer Blog

RESPA Lawyer Blog

Covers the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). By Sterbcow Law Group LLC.

http://www.respalawyer.com/
  • Jul 10

    RESPA: FDIC FINES NEW FRONTIER BANK $70,000 FOR SECTION 8 VIOLATIONS

    RESPA: FDIC FINES NEW FRONTIER BANK $70,000 FOR SECTION 8 VIOLATIONS
    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation entered into a consent order with New Frontier Bank in St. Charles, Missouri on May 5, 2014 which was recently made public. (FDIC-14-0084b and FDIC-13-151k) The FDIC ordered New Frontier Bank to…
  • Jul 9

    RESPA: NEW YORK TIMES QUOTES MARX STERBCOW ON CFPB ENFORCEMENT ACTION

    RESPA: NEW YORK TIMES QUOTES MARX STERBCOW ON CFPB ENFORCEMENT ACTION
    Sterbcow Law Group's Marx Sterbcow was quoted in a New York Times article titled "Cracking Down on Illegal Mortgage Referrals" written by NY Times Mortgage Columnist Lisa Prevost. The article published June 5, 2014, discusses the recent…
  • Jun 12

    CFPB: SECTION 8 CONSENT ORDER AGAINST TITLE AGENCY IN NEW JERSEY

    CFPB: SECTION 8 CONSENT ORDER AGAINST TITLE AGENCY IN NEW JERSEY
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today another consent order involving violations of Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act "RESPA". Administrative Proceeding File No. 2014-CFPB-0006 "In the Matter of…
Rank this Week: 3125

Central California Law Blog

Central California Law Blog

Discusses business, property and consumer debt issues. By Ken Jorgensen.

http://fresno-law.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 30

    Riley v. California: Privacy in the contents of a Cell Phone?

    Riley v. California: Privacy in the contents of a Cell Phone?
    Last week, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in a case regarding the privacy a person can expect from the contents within a cell phone.  As an attorney, I have slowly began text messaging clients and I and my can have come to expect…
  • Jun 27

    Wrongful Foreclosure: "MERS" Is Found Clear of Wrongdoing by 9th Circuit

    Wrongful Foreclosure: "MERS" Is Found Clear of Wrongdoing by 9th Circuit
    Foreclosed homeowners hate "MERS", or Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.  MERS has wrongfully foreclosed on thousands of homeowners through their shoddy record keeping practices.  Despite its horrible reputation, this…
  • Jun 3

    2 Ways to Stop Adverse Possession Easement

    2 Ways to Stop Adverse Possession Easement
    In California, an easement is typically the right to use another person's property for a particular purpose.  Common examples are people creating paths, or dirt roads to cross property to get to another property.  Sometimes, people…
Rank this Week: 3100

Property Tax in Florida

Property Tax in Florida

Covers property tax law in Florida, including questions relating to valuation, homestead exemptions, agricultural classifications, and how to challenge decisions of the taxing authority. By Sherri Johnson.

http://propertytaxinflorida.com/
  • Aug 22

    Deadlines for 2013 VAB Petition

    Deadlines for 2013 VAB Petition
    Pursuant to Florida Statute 194.011(3)(d), a petition to a county value adjustment board to challenge the assessment of the value of the taxpayer’s property must be filed no later than 25 days after the Property Appraiser…
  • Aug 19

    Deadlines for 2012 VAB Petition

    Deadlines for 2012 VAB Petition
    Pursuant to Florida Statute 194.011(3)(d), a petition to a county value adjustment board to challenge the assessment of the value of the taxpayer’s property must be filed no later than 25 days after the Property Appraiser mails out the…
  • Jan 17

    Property Tax Appeals: Should You File a VAB Petition or Go Straight to Court?

    Property Tax Appeals: Should You File a VAB Petition or Go Straight to Court?
    Property owners who would like to appeal their property tax assessments are faced with two choices in Florida – they can file a petition to the county value adjustment board or they can file a lawsuit in circuit court.  Some attorneys…
Rank this Week: 2595

The Cross Law Firm's Landlord Law…

The Cross Law Firm's Landlord Law Blog

Covers legal issues affecting landlords, owners, and property management companies.

http://lawmatters.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 2582

Thoits Law Blog

Thoits Law Blog

Discusses important legal developments in the areas of business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and estate planning. By Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McLean.

http://www.thoitslaw.com/blog/
  • Apr 8

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

    You Really, Really Need a Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement
    ...a relatively small investment of time spent on the fundamentals can yield significant dividends in the future – and help to avoid much distress. And, the first fundamental, particularly for founders who do not anticipate seeking venture…
  • Apr 8

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie

    Selling Restricted Stock of Private Companie
    Anyone who holds restricted stock of a non-public company, such as Twitter, Box, or Palantir among others, probably has discovered it is possible to find buyers for their stock by contacting Second Market or Shares Post or other…
  • Feb 22

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?

    California Pregnancy Disability Leave: Longer Than Four Months?
    The court stated that this was a "case of first impression" and posed the issue as "whether an employee who has exhausted all permissible leave available under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL)...may nevertheless state…
Rank this Week: 2861

The Law and Equity Report by…

The Law and Equity Report by Timothy Powers O'Neill

Covers Florida real estate and business litigation.

http://lawandequity.com
  • Aug 13

    Copyright in the New

    Copyright in the New
    LendInk fiasco keeps rights management issue burning; Most don’t realize when you buy an e-book that you cannot resell it, and in the majority of cases can’t even lend it to a friend because of copyright, not technical issue
  • Aug 7

    Copyright in the New

    Copyright in the New
    Posner: Sharing links isn’t copyright infringement
  • Mar 20

    An Open Invitation

    An Open Invitation
    I respectfully decline the invitation to join your hallucination. Scott Adams   An invitation to a wedding invokes more trouble than a summons to a police court. William Feather  
Rank this Week: 2579

Law of the Land - Canadian…

Law of the Land - Canadian Commercial Real Estate Law Blog

Covers condominiums, environmental law, financing, leasing and title insurance. By Lang Michener.

http://lawoftheland.blogs.com/law_of_the_land_canadian_/
  • Apr 28

    Withholding consent to assignments: a primer

    Withholding consent to assignments: a primer
    The issue of when a landlord can refuse to consent to the assignment of a lease remains a notable source of litigation in the commercial real estate space.  While lease agreements typically contain provisions permitting the tenant to assign…
  • Apr 28

    Exercising a termination clause requires strict satisfaction of any attached condition

    Exercising a termination clause requires strict satisfaction of any attached condition
    The Court of Appeal for Ontario recently articulated the importance of satisfying the conditions attached to termination clauses when seeking to terminate a lease.  What the trial court considered to be a largely semantic point in Dunnville…
  • Feb 24

    Sovereign Immunity and the Challenge of Leasing to Foreign State Tenant

    Sovereign Immunity and the Challenge of Leasing to Foreign State Tenant
    Leasing real property to foreign states presents a unique challenge to landlords.  The operation of the doctrine of sovereign immunity, if not properly addressed in the lease instrument, can severely impact a landlord’s ability to seek…
Rank this Week: 2989

Real Estate, Real Competition…

Real Estate, Real Competition & the Law

Chronicles the anticompetitive practices encountered by real estate brokers and websites who try to reduce real estate commissions. By Michael H. Erdman.

http://rerclaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 11

    Federal Appellate Court: Realcomp's Website Policy Unreasonably Restrained Competition

    Federal Appellate Court: Realcomp's Website Policy Unreasonably Restrained Competition
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has ruled in the FTC v. Realcomp matter.  You'll recall at issue in the case is Realcomp's alleged anticompetitive treatment of non-ERTS property listings.
  • Oct 20

    Missouri Real Estate Commission Wins First Battle with Kansas City Premier Apartment

    Missouri Real Estate Commission Wins First Battle with Kansas City Premier Apartment
    Over two years after it first filed suit, Kansas City Premier Apartments, Inc. finally had its day in court earlier this year with the Missouri Real Estate Commission (here's my last pre-trial post).  During the trial, the MREC failed to…
  • Jun 21

    Showdown in Missouri

    Showdown in Missouri
    Some time ago I first wrote about an action filed by Kansas City Premier Apartments in a Missouri state court, seeking clarity on licensing issues raised by the Missouri Real Estate Commission.
Rank this Week: 2918

Phoenix Real Estate Lawyers Blog

Phoenix Real Estate Lawyers Blog

Covers landlord/tenant law, foreclosures, and short sales. By Platt & Westby, P.C.

http://www.phoenixrealestatelawyersblog.com/
  • Jul 24

    What Happens To My Business In A Divorce?

    What Happens To My Business In A Divorce?
    Like everything else you own, your business is an asset. When contemplating divorce, you will be required to equitably divide your community interests in any assets acquired during your marriage. This includes your business. However,…
  • Jul 16

    How Do I Create A Guardianship For A Minor?

    How Do I Create A Guardianship For A Minor?
    A guardianship occurs when the court appoints a guardian to make personal decisions for a minor child. The guardian is the person who makes the decisions and the child is known as the "ward". Generally, the guardian of a minor is appointed…
  • Jul 10

    How Do I Get A Conservatorship For An Adult?

    How Do I Get A Conservatorship For An Adult?
    Generally, a conservatorship is attained by filing a petition with the Superior Court following Arizona Revised Statute § 14-5404. The Purpose of a conservatorship is to appoint someone (this could be a person or a company) to make…
Rank this Week: 3413

Green Building Law

Green Building Law

Covers legal issues related to green building and sustainable development. By Shari Shapiro.

http://www.greenbuildinglawblog.com/
  • Jul 22

    Greater Energy Efficiency Could Be An Unlikely Outcome of the Ukrainian Crisi

    Greater Energy Efficiency Could Be An Unlikely Outcome of the Ukrainian Crisi
    It seems like an odd “butterfly effect”—a plane shot down over Ukraine could boost energy efficiency?  But it is not as far-fetched as it seems.  “Fuel switching”—changing power plants over to…
  • Jul 18

    Shari Founds Calliope Communications; Restarts GBLB

    Shari Founds Calliope Communications; Restarts GBLB
    I have received a lot of requests for me to re-activate GBLB, which I am excited to do as part of my new venture, Calliope Communications.   After 14 years in the corporate world, I founded Calliope to focus my work on research, policy…
  • Apr 10

    Mind Your Administrative P's & Q's When Rejecting Energy Code Change

    Mind Your Administrative P's & Q's When Rejecting Energy Code Change
    The Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico handed down a limited win for energy code advocates, holding that adopting changes to building codes that removed energy conservation provisions without any justification violated…
Rank this Week: 3837

Northwest Condo & HOA Law Blog

Northwest Condo & HOA Law Blog

Covers issues around condominium ownership, homeowners associations, and construction defects. By Barker Martin.

http://www.condo-hoalawblog.com/
  • Jul 17

    Electronic Privacy and Community Association

    Electronic Privacy and Community Association
    Community associations, like many organizations, have caught the technology wave and are increasing their reliance upon the lnternet and other digital media for conducting business. As more and more of these associations migrate information…
  • Jul 10

    Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved

    Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved
    Community associations often look to their declarations and bylaws for guidance on the governance of their community. Sometimes, though, associations want to clarify, supplement, or add to those governing documents. Depending on the…
  • Jul 3

    Construction Defects: A Call for Accountability

    Construction Defects: A Call for Accountability
    Owners frequently ask why construction defects and building product failures are so prevalent these days. In his New York Times op-ed article, "They Don't Make 'em Like They Used To: Inferior Products and Labor Drive Modern Construction,"…
Rank this Week: 3862

Real Estate Advisor Law Blog

Real Estate Advisor Law Blog

Covers real estate development, environmental, finance and legal issues. By Ulmer Berne LLP.

http://www.realestateadvisorlawblog.com
  • Jul 16

    Return of the New Shopping Center

    Return of the New Shopping Center
    For quite a while there has been very few new shopping centers being developed. Many people may have even questioned whether there would ever be any new significant shopping centers. Apparently, times have changed. In rapid succession, I have…
  • Jul 14

    Golf Courses Changing their Swings !

    Golf Courses Changing their Swings !
    While the rest of the real estate industry recovers from the downturn of the last several years, the golf course industry is struggling to emerge; it remains a buyer's market.  Some golf courses are converting to…
  • Jun 11

    The New Water Fountain

    The New Water Fountain
     Recently, I had the opportunity to visit our firm's new Columbus, Ohio offices.  The office design and space use is so refreshing and sharp.  What caught my attention most was the creative re-design/re-purposing of the office…
Rank this Week: 3409

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA Blog

Covers estate planning, HOA & condo associations and family law in North Carolina.

http://www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/
  • Jul 8

    Legislative Update: Transfer of Special Declarant Rights Bill Adopted

    Legislative Update: Transfer of Special Declarant Rights Bill Adopted
    The N.C. General Assembly is about to wrap up its two-year legislative session, so bills are flying around.  In my legislative update of 2013 activity (www.lawfirmrbs.com/blog/nc-community-association-2013-legislative-roundup/), I noted…
  • Jul 1

    Declaration Amendments, Reasonableness & Original Intent: Wallach v. Linville Owners Association

    Declaration Amendments, Reasonableness & Original Intent: Wallach v. Linville Owners Association
    A case issued by the North Carolina Court of Appeals today suggests there are instances when an amendment to a Declaration (also known as Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) has to pass an “original intent” test.   …
  • Jun 22

    RBS Expansion Complete

    RBS Expansion Complete
    Exciting news—the expansion to our Greensboro office is finished and our large meeting room/training center is now open!  (See photo.)   Our newest conference room has a flexible arrangement and can be used for training, board…
Rank this Week: 3452

Virginia Community Association Law…

Virginia Community Association Law Blog

Covers Virginia condominium and homeowner's Association law. By LeClair Ryan.

http://www.virginiacommunityassociationlaw.com/
Rank this Week: 3470

Tax Assessment & Condemnation…

Tax Assessment & Condemnation Report

Covers tax assessments, eminent domain, school districts and valuation. By Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

http://www.taxassessmentcondemnation.com/
  • Jun 15

    High Court Will Hear Religious Exemption Case

    High Court Will Hear Religious Exemption Case
    Kevin MacLeodAs reported in an earlier post, entitled New York Pagan Phryganium Wins Real Property Tax Assessment Appeal,  the Third Department recently held that the Town of Catskill improperly denied a pagan religious group a real…
  • Apr 27

    Nassau County’s Tax Assessment Dilemma: The High Court Invalidates Local Law

    Nassau County’s Tax Assessment Dilemma: The High Court Invalidates Local Law
    Kevin MacLeodIn Matter of Baldwin Union Free School District v. Nassau County, the New York Court of Appeals recently struck down a Nassau County (the “County”) law adopted to shift the obligation to pay…
  • Mar 2

    Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption

    Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption
    Rebecca M. SpenoWe recently posted about the Legislature’s recent amendment to the RPTL 458-a Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. From what we have seen and heard, most school districts statewide have determined not to pass…
Rank this Week: 3285

Campanella Law Blog

Campanella Law Blog

Covers recent court decisions, pending legislation, real estate updates and business matters.

http://campanellalawfirm.com/blog/
  • May 26

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Happy Memorial Day!
    In commemoration of all those who have served for and/or given their lives for our great country since its inception, I offer the following poem for your reading pleasure. It’s a wonderful verse that I found which truly captures the…
  • Dec 23

    A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY THANK YOU AND MESSAGE

    A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY THANK YOU AND MESSAGE
    At this time of year, it’s all too easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season while forgetting the true meaning of the season. As 2013 draws to a close and I look back on … Continue reading →
  • Nov 28

    May the Spirit of Thanksgiving Touch You and Yours Today!

    May the Spirit of Thanksgiving Touch You and Yours Today!
    In memory of our humble beginnings and the official start of Thanksgiving in America, I offer you the following Proclamation delivered by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that gave rise to our annual celebration of family, friends and a counting of…
Rank this Week: 3209

Florida Association Law Blog

Florida Association Law Blog

Covers condo and HOA law. By Daniel Wasserstein.

http://floridaassociationlawblog.com/
  • May 12

    Wi Fi Oh My!

    Wi Fi Oh My!
    Providing a wireless internet connection in common areas has become commonplace in recent years.  Many associations leave their network open, without a password, so that residents may freely join the network and access the internet from…
  • Oct 20

    Knowledge is Power

    Knowledge is Power
    We have all heard the phrase “knowledge is power” but a recent Florida case involving a condominium association suggests that a lack of proper knowledge may prove to be even more powerful! In the process of collecting delinquent…
  • Aug 4

    Legislative Changes when a Board Rearrange

    Legislative Changes when a Board Rearrange
    This legislative session was a busy one as far as condominiums and homeowners associations are concerned.  This article will focus  on new responsibilities impacting the board of directors for homeowners associations. For new…
Rank this Week: 3270

Miami Real Estate Attorney Blog

Miami Real Estate Attorney Blog

Covers foreclosures, loan modifications and short sales. By Alvarez & Barbara, LLP.

http://www.miamirealestateattorneyblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3529

Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog

Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog

By Dickinson Mackaman Tyler & Hagen, PC.

http://www.dickinsonlaw.com/blog-search-page/?bcat=787
  • Dec 16

    The new Business Property Tax Credit

    The new Business Property Tax Credit
    The deadline to take advantage of the Business Property Tax Credit is quickly approaching.
  • Aug 17

    Eighteen attorneys from Dickinson,…

    Eighteen attorneys from Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C. were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s The Best Lawyers in America. This list is an annual compilation based…
  • Nov 24

    Digging the gold out of family farm corporation

    Digging the gold out of family farm corporation
    During the 1970s, many farm operations were incorporated for succession planning purposes. Today, the number of corporations that own Iowa farmland has soared.
Rank this Week: 3453

California Business Litigation…

California Business Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers business litigation, real estate, and equine law. By Adina T. Stern.

http://www.californiabusinesslitigationattorneyblog.com/
  • Dec 12

    What to Do If You Are Served With a Subpoena

    What to Do If You Are Served With a Subpoena
    If you are served with legal papers it is important to determine what type of papers you received. Are you being sued or are you being called to court or a deposition as a witness. It is worth a call to a litigation attorney to help you…
  • Aug 12

    How to Be Prepared for a Business Litigation Case

    How to Be Prepared for a Business Litigation Case
    Whether you have been sued or need to sue someone, it is important to know what to do both before the need for litigation arises. Careful record keeping and document organization are the best ways to help your business litigation attorney. …
  • Jul 23

    How to Buy a Business: Common Dangers and Pitfall

    How to Buy a Business: Common Dangers and Pitfall
    Anyone who wants to buy a business needs to be cautious before signing an offer. It is critical to consult with a lawyer who is experienced in California business sales to guide you through the process. Very often the business purchase…
Rank this Week: 3456

EvictionTime.com Blog

EvictionTime.com Blog

Covers Florida eviction and landlord-tenant law. By Chen Law Firm, PA.

http://evictiontime.com/blog-evictiontime/
  • Oct 8

    When do you need an Attorney in a Landlord-Tenant matter?

    When do you need an Attorney in a Landlord-Tenant matter?
    A tenant should hire an attorney whenever the landlord is represented by an attorney.  If the tenant feels there is something improper by the landlord or feels their rights are being violated, they should consult an attorney.  Quite often…
  • Oct 8

    Lease Terms – a few item

    Lease Terms – a few item
    IMPORTANT: If you do not understand something in the lease or the lease does not include something the landlord agreed to provide, don’t sign it!!! The lease is legally binding and most judges will not accept the following statement,…
  • Oct 8

    When is it okay to withhold rent?

    When is it okay to withhold rent?
    Generally you need a material breach of the landlord’s duties to withhold rent.  It is most commonly used when the landlord fails to make repairs or maintain the property according to the following statute: 83.51  Landlord’s obligation…
Rank this Week: 3826

Goldstein Hall PLLC

Goldstein Hall PLLC

Covers real estate and housing issues.

http://goldsteinhallpllc.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 21

    U.S. Public Housing Needs Exceed $21 Billion

    U.S. Public Housing Needs Exceed $21 Billion
    Following the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) recent award of $1.9 billion to public housing, a capital-needs assessment released today by Recap Real Estate Advisors finds that public housing needs in the United States…
  • Jul 21

    NYC Reaches Major Milestone in its Affordable Housing Plan

    NYC Reaches Major Milestone in its Affordable Housing Plan
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew M.
  • Jun 29

    Consolidate Energy - NYC Benchmarking Information

    Consolidate Energy - NYC Benchmarking Information
    Attached below is an information sheet in Q&A format describing the details of the NYC Local Law 84 – Benchmarking Compliance. This ordinance was passed in 2009 and requires that any building (commercial or residential) over 50,000 square…
Rank this Week: 3642

Los Angeles Eviction Lawyer

Los Angeles Eviction Lawyer

Provides eviction and landlord and tenant information.

http://www.losangelesevictionlawyer.com/blog
  • Jul 3

    Eviction discovery rule

    Eviction discovery rule
    Due to the expedited nature of eviction cases, it is only natural that the discovery process is also expedited.  Unlike in traditional discovery procedures, in eviction cases, the responses are due 5 days after service of the request.  This…
  • Feb 25

    Rent Control Eviction

    Rent Control Eviction
    Assuming your property is within a rent control jurisdiction there are two types of categories under which a landlord can eviction a tenant in a rent control property. As a caveat, rent controls covers all residential units except single…
  • Jan 13

    Forclosure Crisi

    Forclosure Crisi
    Lenders are posied to take back more homes in 2011 than any other year.  Last year, banks took back 1 million homes.  About 5 million borrowers are at least two months behind on their mortagages and more will miss payments.  Forecasters…
Rank this Week: 3718

Real Estate and Business Blog

Real Estate and Business Blog

By Levine Segev LLC.

http://www.levinesegev.com/blog
  • Aug 16

    Does the 3.8% Medicare Tax Impact Real Estate?

    Does the 3.8% Medicare Tax Impact Real Estate?
    As a result of the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, passed in March, 2010, Code §1411 was placed in the tax law to generate what is referred to as a “3.8% Medicare tax,” which impacts general earnings as well as…
  • Jun 3

    Attorney Mark Lee Levine Quoted in the CCIM’s Commercial Investment Real Estate Magazine

    Attorney Mark Lee Levine Quoted in the CCIM’s Commercial Investment Real Estate Magazine
    In a Property Prescriptions article, in the May-June, 2010 edition of the Commercial Investment Real Estate, the magazine of the CCIM Institute, Dr. Levine was quoted – “There are often positive assumptions in internal rate of return or…
  • Feb 5

    Attorney Mark Lee Levine to Teach at FIABCI University in DC, March 25, 2010

    Attorney Mark Lee Levine to Teach at FIABCI University in DC, March 25, 2010
    Mark Lee Levine of the law firm of Levine Segev LLC, will be teaching the International Real Estate Course, Global One, for individuals seeking the FIABCI International Real Estate Consultant (FIREC) designation.
Rank this Week: 3778

utahcondolaw

utahcondolaw

Covers the development, governance and management of community associations, including condominiums, homeowners' associations and mixed use projects. By Lincoln W. Hobbs.

http://utahcondolaw.blogspot.com/
  • May 12

    We're Moving

    We're Moving
    Over the next little while, I intend to relocate the hosting of this blog to wordpress -- it will allow more options and features in posting, and I think I can make it look a bit better.  So, if you want to keep up, you might want to change…
  • Mar 26

    Amending CC & Rs and Bylaws -- National and Local Presentation

    Amending CC & Rs and Bylaws -- National and Local Presentation
    The National Business Institute has asked me to present a national teleconference on the subject of amending community association (HOAs, Homeowner Associations, Home Owner Associations, condominiums, PUDs, Planned Unit Developments --…
  • Mar 25

    The Essentials of Community Management

    The Essentials of Community Management
    Last weekend, The Utah Chapter of the Community Associations Institute sponsored its "Essentials of Community Management" course. Several active members of the industry taught about the fundamentals of homeowner association and condominium…
Rank this Week: 3761

Construction Industry Blog

Construction Industry Blog

Follows the construction industry and related legal topics. By Womble Carlyle.

http://wombleconstruction.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 20

    Paradoxe

    Paradoxe
    For the past six months or so, I've been using ConsensusDOCS agreement forms wherever I can reasonably do so ---- meaning that I'm using them for projects on which there is not an owner or architect who insists on using AIA documents. I…
  • Jun 18

    ConsensusDOCS for Public Contracts? Yes, In South Dakota

    ConsensusDOCS for Public Contracts? Yes, In South Dakota
    It will be interesting to see how quickly South Dakota begins using ConsensusDOCS for public contracts after the February 2009 legislation permitting the use of the "ConsensusDOCS 200 Standard Agreement and General Conditions Between Owner…
  • Mar 23

    How do you measure damages when a construction blunder saves an owner $200 million?

    How do you measure damages when a construction blunder saves an owner $200 million?
    A recent story out of Las Vegas, covered in the NY Times, poses an interesting question for construction and real estate lawyers ---- what would be the measure of damages for defective construction, the result of which is estimated to save…
Rank this Week: 3312

Hart, King & Coldren Blog

Hart, King & Coldren Blog

Covers California real estate law.

http://www.hkclaw.com/topic/blog/
  • Jul 24

    VICTORY: Defense Verdict in a Trust Litigation Matter!

    VICTORY: Defense Verdict in a Trust Litigation Matter!
    Hart King partner, Andrew C. Kienle, recently prevailed in a seven-day bench trial in a real estate disclosure litigation matter in Orange County Superior Court. He represented the sellers of a multi-million dollar custom home who were being…
  • Jul 15

    If You’re Not a Redskins Fan, Why Should You Care What They Call the Team?

    If You’re Not a Redskins Fan, Why Should You Care What They Call the Team?
    If you’ve been living in a cave the last few months, then you probably haven’t heard about the cancellation of the Washington Redskins federal trademark registrations for the word REDSKINS based on the decision that the term is…
  • Jul 15

    What the Supreme Court’s Aereo Decision Means to You

    What the Supreme Court’s Aereo Decision Means to You
    Last month, the United States Supreme Court (sometimes referred to as “SCOTUS”) released a record nine decisions involving intellectual property and, while most of those opinions involved esoteric issues of patent law, one of the…
Rank this Week: 4159

Chicago Law Source

Chicago Law Source

Features articles on real estate litigation and legal representation. By Alisa Levin.

http://chicagolawsource.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 21

    DISCOVERY and Your Lawyer: Necessary Steps In Successful Litigation

    DISCOVERY and Your Lawyer: Necessary Steps In Successful Litigation
    Hello All in the Blogosphere!  Coming right to you from the wonder and beauty that is Chicago in the Summer, I would like to bring you some news you can use on the subject of tracking your attorney and staying on top of your case, as a…
  • Jul 2

    A Blurb From Chicago Agent Magazine!

    A Blurb From Chicago Agent Magazine!
    Helloooooo!!!  What a beautiful day in Chicago!  At Levin Law, Ltd. we are especially proud to have partnered recently with Chicago Agent Magazine to work on their "Short List" series.  Here is the link! Happy Summer in the…
  • Apr 24

    Pro Se? Translation: Pro Pay. Better Get Your Wallet Out!

    Pro Se? Translation: Pro Pay. Better Get Your Wallet Out!
    Good afternoon Blogosphere!  I'm rekindling an old article from a different forum on Chicago Law Source, for some good old fashioned news you can use, 2014-style. Have you ever thought that for a legal matter it would be simpler and…
Rank this Week: 4731

Fridaysmove

Fridaysmove

Covers conveyancing and residential property law in the United Kingdom.

http://www.fridaysmove.com/blog
Rank this Week: 4100

Davis-Stirling Condo Law

Davis-Stirling Condo Law

By Adrian J. Adams.

http://www.condoassociationexpert.com/
  • Jul 20

    Draining the Pool to Save Water

    Draining the Pool to Save Water
    QUESTION: Since we are in a severe drought and our members barely use the pool, are we obligated to keep it open? It seems like a waste of water and money and we would like to drain it. Does the board have the authority to close the pool?…
  • Jul 6

    Social Event

    Social Event
    QUESTION: Can the board use association funds for social events? Our CC&Rs are silent on the subject. ANSWER: Unless governing documents specifically prohibit it, HOAs can budget for, assess and spend association monies on social events.…
  • Jun 22

    Remote Denial

    Remote Denial
    QUESTION: Can the board deny a homeowner entry and exit by not allowing them to purchase a remote? ANSWER: They can’t deny ingress and egress but they can deny a remote, depending on the circumstances. If you’re delinquent in your…
Rank this Week: 4245

Hoboken Law Blog

Hoboken Law Blog

Covers real estate and divorce law. By Frank Marciano.

http://www.hobokenlawblog.com/
  • Jul 19

    Hoboken Rent Control Case I was involved in that went to the Appellate Court of New Jersey

    Hoboken Rent Control Case I was involved in that went to the Appellate Court of New Jersey
    I represent both sides in Hoboken Rent Control disputes. Many condominium purchasers do not realize that their unit may be subject to rent control.  If you are buying a condo in Hoboken that was not built prior to 1986 it may be…
  • Jun 30

    One Mom, 4 Dads, Sean Astin’s pretty amazing family.

    One Mom, 4 Dads, Sean Astin’s pretty amazing family.
    June 27, is Helen Keller day, and I just happened to watch “A Miracle Worker” on TV, which is a great, great movie about how Helen Keller was taught to understand the world by her teacher Ann Sullivan.  Well, the part of…
  • Mar 27

    Train your Inner Dog with Good Karma Training

    Train your Inner Dog with Good Karma Training
      Just helped out a new business woman in Jersey City /Hoboken with a dog training business, Steph is great with Dogs and Roxy is already doing all sorts of polite things !!!!! The world needs good dogs, give Steph a try, especially…
Rank this Week: 4884

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Simmons & Schiavo Blog

Covers estate planning and real estate law.

http://www.sslawoffices.com/category/all-posts/
  • Jul 18

    Tenants with children can’t be limited to lower floor

    Tenants with children can’t be limited to lower floor
    Managers of apartment buildings sometimes want to require tenants who have small children to live on a lower floor, in order to prevent complaints from other tenants about noise in the apartment above them. But the U.S. Department of Justice…
  • Jul 12

    How to leave items of sentimental value to your heir

    How to leave items of sentimental value to your heir
    Often, the issue that causes the most hard feelings among family members after a death isn’t how much money everyone received in the will, but who should get the plate on which Grandma served her famous Thanksgiving pie year after year.…
  • Jun 24

    Mortgages for ‘do-it-yourselfers’ are spiking

    Mortgages for ‘do-it-yourselfers’ are spiking
    There’s been a big increase recently in a special type of mortgage for people who are buying land and then building their own home on it. These “hybrid” loans function as construction financing during the building phase.…
Rank this Week: 4543

Farah Legal Blog

Farah Legal Blog

Covers real estate law and injury law.

http://www.farahlegal.com/news/
  • Jul 17

    What You Need to Know About Notary Fraud

    What You Need to Know About Notary Fraud
    Buying groceries. Stopping for gas. Going to the bank. Picking up your dry cleaning. Of all the irritating but necessary errands you have to tend to, getting something notarized ranks among the most mundane—but it’s also among the…
  • Jun 1

    10 Tips to Negotiate Your Commercial Lease Agreement

    10 Tips to Negotiate Your Commercial Lease Agreement
    Whether you’re starting a new business or expanding an existing one, signing a commercial lease agreement is an exciting and important step. It can be difficult to be patient and make sure all the I’s are dotted and the T’s…
  • May 13

    The 10 Worst Types of Driver

    The 10 Worst Types of Driver
    It’s a fact: Driving is a dangerous enterprise. You could be the very definition of a cautious driver, but you can’t control what the thousands of other drivers on the road are doing. And a lot of the time, what they’re…
Rank this Week: 4061

Los Angeles Real Estate Lawyer…

Los Angeles Real Estate Lawyer Blog

Covers real estate law. By Theodora Oringher PC.

http://www.losangelesrealestatelawyerblog.com/
  • Jul 14

    The Risks Of Contracting Without A License In California

    The Risks Of Contracting Without A License In California
    It is critical for contractors in California to be familiar with the key provisions of the Contractors’ State License Law (CSLL) (§7000 et seq.) The CSLL requires that contractors performing construction work on California roads,…
  • Jun 17

    Why I’m Grateful For Our Imperfect Civil Law System

    Why I’m Grateful For Our Imperfect Civil Law System
    Winston Churchill once said that “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” I sometimes feel the same way about our civil law system for resolving disputes. Simple breach of contract cases can take…
  • May 27

    How To Draft A Contract And Minimize Future Dispute

    How To Draft A Contract And Minimize Future Dispute
    From the simplest work orders to the most complex buy/sell agreements, contracts are how companies and people do business with one another in a civil law society. Because many people in the business world negotiate, draft, and execute…
Rank this Week: 4174

Spain From My (Legal) Point of…

Spain From My (Legal) Point of View

By Patricia Morales Sevillano.

http://pmsabogada.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 4

    En busca del príncipe azul: el inquilino perfecto.

    En busca del príncipe azul: el inquilino perfecto.
    No existe. Y, en este caso, al contrario que (dicen) ocurre con el "príncipe azul", no es culpa de Walt Disney. Debe ser culpa de nuestra dejadez, exceso de confianza o empatía, tanto con el candidato como con la inmobiliaria o…
  • Jun 3

    El abogado que no lo era.

    El abogado que no lo era.
    Hace algunos años contesté una demanda, no mía, de unos clientes: los demandantes exigían elevar a público un contrato privado que mis representados, de escasa instrucción, ni siquiera recordaban haber firmado. El asunto era más que…
  • Mar 7

    Four years prison for Enrique J. and Leopoldo T. Faura Sánchez ("Grupo Mirador").

    Four years prison for Enrique J. and Leopoldo T. Faura Sánchez ("Grupo Mirador").
    Enrique J. and Leopoldo T. Faura Sánchez have been found guilty of missappropiation by Spanish Supreme Court, they face a final sentence of four years in prison, judgment dated 14th. November 2013. The Supreme Court has confirmed the first…
Rank this Week: 4502