Tips for Returning to Your South Florida Home
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We at Sachs Sax Caplan want to welcome back all of the out-of-town residents who are now coming back down to South Florida after a summer respite elsewhere in the country. As Community Association attorneys, we would like to give you some brief pointers of things we recommend you do upon returning to the Tri County area.  Start by checking you...
Why is the assistance of an attorney important in the review of service contracts?
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Benjamin Franklin famously said back in 1736 that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Mr. Franklin’s saying was most certainly not meant to apply to Florida property owners associations as Florida was not even a state at the time but his advice can be seen as applicable to community associations insofar as service contracts are conce...
Closing on your home?
Closing on Your Home: Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney
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My firm receives roughly three phone calls a month from people that have bought or sold homes without the help of a professional real estate attorney and experience post-closing issues. As real estate lawyers, we're here to help avoid having to make those phone calls in the first place.  In the State of Florida, it's not required to have an at...
Understanding the Mechanics of Your Commercial Lease
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Rent is typically a business's second largest expense following wages and a lease is often a five to ten year term. Therefore, your lease is probably one of the most significant contracts that you as a business owner will enter into. And it's probably one of the most costly ones, too. That’s why it's important to understand some of the mechanics of...
Steve Geller Serves as Panelist at National Gaming Law Conference to Discuss Sports Betting
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The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) held its Summer Meeting at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts in early July 2022. Steven Geller, who is the NCLGS’s General Counsel, was a panelist on the topic of Sports Betting at the conference. The conversation centered around the Wire Act of 1961, which banned gamblin...
Why Everyone Should Have an Estate Plan
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When I ask people if they have an estate plan, I often get responses such as I'm not wealthy, so I don't need a plan, or I don't have an estate, or why do I need a plan at all? Doesn't everything just go to my spouse and kids? These are common misconceptions regarding estate planning. As an estate planning attorney, it is my recommendation that eve...
Mandatory Mediation in Condominium Disputes
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Mandatory Mediation in Condominium Disputes By Michael Chapnick, Community Association Law - Principal   Today, I'd like to talk about an issue that comes up in condominium associations… Covenant Enforcement. Since 1992, anything that qualified as a dispute under Section 718.1255 of the Florida Condominium Act, Chapter 718, was required to go ...
Understanding Recent Changes in Litigation and Appeals 
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In the Commercial Litigation and Appeals practice area, it is important to stay on top of new developments in the law and procedure, including changes to Florida Statutes, rules of procedure and new appellate court case law. This includes routinely reviewing new appellate opinions. I would like to discuss a couple of recent decisions that impact bo...
Benjamin Ferencz Awarded Governor’s Medal of Freedom by Gov. Ron DeSantis
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Friend of Sachs Sax Caplan, Ben Ferencz, was the Chief Prosecutor in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, which held the Nazis accountable for the Holocaust, and is the last living prosecutor of the trials. About Benjamin Ferencz A Former Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial Benjamin B. Ferencz was born in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvan...
Sachs Sax Caplan Partners with JARC FL to Create Shredding Department in JARC's Community Works Program
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Shred It & Forget It:The Story Behind the New Program That Helps Put Individuals with Disabilities Back to Work   When Sachs Sax Caplan decided to go digital in mid 2021, we knew we would first need to safely dispose of all print materials. The safest way to do so?Shredding. Lots of it. Peter Sachs, attorney and founding par...
What to Consider Before Buying a Home in South Florida
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As a land use lawyer, I'm the one who usually deals with the tough stuff after the purchase of a property, the kind of real estate law that people who aren’t in the business really do not need to know unless it happens to them. But I want to discuss something else with you – let’s talk about how it is that you find and relocate your family to Flori...
Partner at Sachs Sax Caplan, Daniel A. Kaskel, Named 2022 Daily Business Review Legal Awards Honoree
Partner at Sachs Sax Caplan, Daniel A. Kaskel, Named 2022 Daily Business Review Legal Awards Honoree
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The Daily Business Review has announced its 2022 Legal Awards Honorees and Sachs Sax Caplan Partner Daniel A. Kaskel was among those who received the prestigious award. The Daily Business Review hosts their annual Professional Excellence Awards to recognize distinguished members of the Florida legal community in assorted areas of the law. Mr. Kaske...
The Surprise Side Effect of COVID
The Surprise Side Effect of COVID: Community Associations Getting Things Done
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As a Community Association attorney, one of the unintended benefits that we've seen through COVID is the ability for people to participate in their community associations remotely. Typically, one of the impediments that community associations have historically faced is apathy. There are always those folks who don't show up, therefore you can't get ...
How to Enforce a Penalty for HOA Violations
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As community association attorneys, one of the problems we face quite often with our association clients is how to prevent violations of the governing documents and rules of the communities. How do we prevent the homeowner from painting their house pink? How do we prevent people from hanging towels outside on the common element rails and doing othe...
How to Handle the Stress of Being an HOA Board Member
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It has never been more challenging to be a board member in a condominium or homeowners association than it is at this time. Association board members in this voluntary position are being interacted by Association Members everywhere they go. In the hallway, at the pool, in the elevator, and everywhere else in the community, they’re being asked board...
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