If you are unable to qualify for a loan backed by traditional collateral, you can still secure the loan using assets such as art, yachts, accounts receivables or service contracts. At ShuffieldLowman, we can assist borrowers and lenders alike in performing the due diligence necessary to confirm whether traditional collateral will be sufficient or whether non-traditional assets can be used to secure the transaction. Watch as ShuffieldLowman attorney, Jordan Horowitz, explains more about non-traditional asset-based financing.
A very important component to any real estate transaction is the review of a current survey no more than 90 days old of the subject property. ShuffieldLowman can assist in reviewing your commercial or residential survey to confirm that aspects such as the legal description, title commitment, and encroachments and access have been examined. Reviewing the survey prior to closing will help avoid any problematic issues down the road. Watch as ShuffieldLowman real estate attorney, John Junod, explains the importance of a survey review in real estate transactions.
If you would like to have a trustee removed from a trust or a personal representative removed from the estate for not doing a good job, you may be able to do so under Florida law. ShuffieldLowman can assist with fiduciary issues such as self-dealing, favoring one beneficiary over another, failing to give an accounting at least once a year or to keep you reasonably informed. If the trustee is not fulfilling their fiduciary duties, you may be able to recover your attorneys’ fees as well. Watch as fiduciary litigation attorney, Alex Douglas, explains how to get rid of bad trustees or personal representatives.
With the increase in construction activity through the State of Florida, it is strongly advised that your construction contract comply with Florida law and provide an equitable allocation of risk. Whether you are the owner, contractor or sub-contractor, ShuffieldLowman can assist in reviewing or preparing your construction contract. We believe the goal of a well-crafted construction contract is not just to win a fight if one arises on a project but, rather, to avoid the fight altogether because the party have already discussed the issues and agreed on how to allocate the risk of these various contingencies. Watch as ShuffieldLowman construction law attorney, Jim Washburn, explains the importance of revisiting standard construction contracts.
Non-competes, or non-competition agreements, are becoming more and more common. They can protect an employer from having a valuable employee that they have invested in, trained and developed from joining a direct competitor and working against them. If you have been asked by your employer to sign a non-competition agreement or if you, as the employer, are preparing one for your employee to sign, ShuffieldLowman can assist. If the non-compete agreement is unenforceable in whole or in part, it could have devastating consequences. Watch as ShuffieldLowman labor & employment law attorney, Keith Hesse, provides some tips for enforcing or defeating a non-compete.
One of the most important decisions you will make when you do your estate planning is choosing who will be in charge of your estate or your trust to administer your affairs after you’re gone. Whether that person is your child or children, trusted friend, or a bank, ShuffieldLowman can assist with your planning decisions in order to avoid unnecessary potential legal fees and litigation. Watch as ShuffieldLowman fiduciary litigation attorney, Alex Douglas, explains the importance of choosing a fiduciary for your estate planning documents.