Condo Damage from Hurricance

Hurricane Irma swept the State of Florida from Key West to Jacksonville. With offices in both Boca Raton, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida, we felt the brunt of the storm in both parts of the State. For our clients, we know that the laws surrounding natural disasters and their aftermaths will become of increasing importance to Floridians. As a firm with many residential association clients, we have been fielding questions in the wake of the hurricane about repair responsibilities in multi-family dwellings. Note that the Condominium Act provides that any portion of the condominium property which must be insured by the association and which is damaged by an insurable event is to be reconstructed, repaired, or replaced as necessary by the association as a common expense. In contrast, in the absence of an insurable event, either the association or unit owners shall be responsible for reconstruction, repair, or replacement as determined by the maintenance provisions of the declaration or bylaws. Accordingly, when determining who is responsible for making what repairs, there is a subtle but very important legal distinction between ordinary maintenance (or lack thereof) and damage arising from casualty. Condominium associations and condominium unit owners are encouraged to obtain legal advice if they have any questions before making repair commitments. Feel free to call us should the need arise so we can help you discern what your obligations may be in connection with needed repairs.

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Partner Larry Schner Featured in Sun Sentinel Discussing Residents’ Concerns Over New Boca Raton Chick-fil-A

A new location of Chick-fil-A at 2700 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton has nearby residents concerned that the proposed drive-thru restaurant will cause traffic and safety problems along Federal Highway. The Chick-fil-A would replace the existing Best Western hotel, which would be demolished with three one-story buildings taking its place. Chick-fil-A would be located on the south end of the property and adjacent to the Harbor East residential community. Sachs Sax Caplan Partner Larry Schner, who represents the Harbor East residents, cited problems at other Chick-fil-A locations: “It’s a situation which they can’t enforce in Broward County. It’s a situation which they can’t enforce in Delray. It’s a situation that spills into the community and spills into Federal Highway. The building of a Chick-fil-A in this area is not responsible.” Despite the concerns, the planning and zoning board unanimously approved the project. The final decision, however, will rest with the City Council, which will vote on the matter later this year. Read the full article here.    

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Congratulations to Partner Daniel Kaskel

Mr. Kaskel was voted by his peers as one of the 2022 Florida Legal Elite as a part of the 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Florida receive this distinction. Learn more about Daniel Kaskel and how to work with him here     

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Partners Peter Sachs and Lou Caplan in Featured Article of Daily Business Review

Christopher Rosa Cruz installs a large banner at the site of the Champlain Towers South condominium building, Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Surfside, Fla. The banner lists the names of the 98 people killed when the building suddenly collapse nearly a year ago. Photo: Marta Lavandier/AP.

The Legacy of Surfside: 1 Year After Champlain Towers South Collapsed, Attorneys Reflect on Progress “We have to recognize that wakeup call, honor the victims and their families by doing something about it, and make sure that this never happens again."   Read the Article Daily Business Review 

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Managing Partner Lou Caplan Featured on CBS12 News

Managing Partner Lou Caplan is interviewed by CBS 12 News on the Surfside tragedy, its impact on South Florida, and the recently passed Condo Safety Law.   Read more  Watch the News Segment

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Surfside One Year Later Founding Partner Peter Sachs Featured in SFBJ

 The South Florida Business Journal takes a look back on the tragedy in Surfside, new condo safety laws, and what has changed.Our own founding partner Peter Sachs was interviewed for this feature.   Read More 

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Starting a New Business in South Florida


  Real Estate Attorney Daniel Kaskel shares tips for starting a new business in South Florida with WPTV.    Contact us for help with the legal documents required: https://ssclawfirm.com/contact Learn the tips to start your business here:  

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Preventing Another Surfside


Founding partner Peter Sachs talks to CBS 12 about structural integrity and safety 7 months after the Surfside condo collapse. Hear more: 

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Louis Caplan Named Managing Partner

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Louis Caplan was featured in the Sun Sentinel as the new managing partner of Sachs, Sax and Caplan. Learn more about Louis including how to work with him here: https://ssclawfirm.com/louis-caplan?view=employee&id=4      

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Founding Partner and Chairman Emeritus Honored

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Peter Sachs, founding partner and chairman emeritus was recognized by The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin.         

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Samuel J. Levine Joins the Practice

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Samuel J. Levine  was featured in the The Palm Beach Post as a new associate at Sachs, Sax and Caplan.  Learn more about Samuel  including how to work with him here: https://ssclawfirm.com/samuel-levine?view=employee&id=45        

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Peter Sachs in Sun Sentinel Calling on Municipalities to Prevent Another Surfside

Rescue personnel work in the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, Friday, June 25, 2021, in Surfside. The collapse killed 98 people. Despite that, the Florida Legislature was unable to pass a condo safety law in this year's legislative session. (Gerald Herbert/AP)
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The Sun Sentinel featured founding partner Peter S. Sachs as he calls on municipalities to prevent another surfside disaster   Read more below   

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New Attorneys Added to the Roster

Meet the four new attorneys and the rest of our experienced team https://ssclawfirm.com/experienced-attorneys  

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Don't Forget About Those Real Estate Transfer Taxes

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Attorney Daniel Kaskel discusses transfer taxes with the Dallas Morning News. Read more below on what you need to know when selling your property.         

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Pandemic Adds Luster to Golfing's Popularity in Palm Beach County

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    Attorney Peter Sachs featured in Palm Beach Post discussing club initation and golf memberships. 

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