How Can We Help You?
We have clients from over 45 states and 20 countries. We work with national and foreign firms on complex issues facing our clients. The diversity of our work mirrors the diversity of our clients. Our areas of our practice include:
Mortgage Foreclosure Defense
You may have valuable defenses and counterclaims against your mortgage company that could actually prevent foreclosure and even require your lender to pay you damages. Across the country, judges are punishing mortgage companies for incomplete record keeping and for violations of the Truth In Lending Act. You may be able to allege valid defenses including fraud and Truth In Lending Act violations.
Are you aware that your mortgage company is probably not the same company that actually loaned you the money to buy or refinance your home? How do you know if the mortgage company suing you has been properly assigned your note and mortgage? Your mortgage company may have failed to properly assign the note and mortgage before initiating the foreclosure. Does your foreclosure complaint even have copies of the note, mortgage and purported assignment attached? Find out more.
Real Estate Services
In addition to the thousands of residential real estate transactions in which we have represented buyers and sellers, we have represented individuals in mortgage refinancing and in residential construction, as well as issues such as how to take and to hold title, and IRS Section 1031 exchanges. We have worked in the acquisition, financing, and development of condominium and commercial projects. We offer complete residential and commercial title insurance services as agents for both Attorney's Title Insurance Fund, Inc., and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. We represent our real estate clients in all aspects of zoning and land use planning at both the local and state administrative levels. As with most areas of law, real estate issues encompass other areas of practice. Estate and tax issues, contractual issues, liability issues, and regulatory issues are often concerns in even a basic real estate transaction, and are matters especially important for foreign clients. We are committed to assuring that such ancillary points are considered and resolved in each transaction.
Estate Planning and Probate
Estate planning goes beyond simple tax analysis and asset protection. It requires the consideration of personal needs and thoughts. From all of this, we develop individual estate plans for our clients. Additionally, we counsel clients in probate and trust administration and in measuring the actions of corporate fiduciaries. Find out more.
Family law includes not only divorce, support, and custody litigation, but also the development of premarital agreements and marital settlement agreements. The emotional issues make it perhaps our most difficult and demanding area of practice. In representing our clients, we attempt to recognize human needs and values while best protecting the interests of our clients. Find out more.
We counsel clients not only in the organization of the business entity: corporation, limited liability corporation, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, or joint venture, but also in commercial negotiations and transactions, security agreements, business planning, succession planning, and licensing matters. We work with foreign law firms in the incorporation and representation of off shore corporations and other interests.
From real estate, through business, to family law, our practice largely evolves around contractual relationships. We recognize that every situation is unique and requires evaluation and counseling in negotiating and finalizing contracts. By way of example, our contract work includes sales contracts, purchase agreements, development contracts, leases, employment, business succession, and dissolution contracts.
Litigation and Arbitration
The firm represents clients in both civil litigation and arbitration matters. A cornerstone of representation is the recognition that adversarial matters need to be concluded in a just, speedy and efficient manner. Our experience in litigation encompasses not only real estate and family law, but also matters of securities, wills and inheritance, trust administration, business and commerce, and personal injury.
Experienced in all aspects of employment law, we work with employers to develop employment and non-competition agreements, severance or separation agreements, employee handbooks and other employment policies. We also work with employers in state and federal employment litigation involving claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of confidentiality and non-competition agreements. We also consult with local business executives on terms of employment and separation agreements.
Oftentimes legal representation is necessary to compel those responsible for injuries to others to take responsibility for their actions. The firm represents pedestrians, passengers, and drivers innocently injured as a result of accidents caused by others. We further represent clients injured in maritime (boating) accidents as well as those injured on the negligently maintained premises (premises liability) of others.
Ordinarily, our primary investments are in real estate and in the stock market. Each provides not only potential gains but also potential losses.
Infrequently, stock market losses result from the wrongful actions of the stock broker. Our firm represents individual investors in claims based on such wrongful actions.
When you enter your brokerage agreement, you waive your right to juries and trials and commit yourself to arbitration conducted by the securities industry. Our firm has represented individual investors before both the NYSE and the NASD, not only in Florida, but in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.
So, under what circumstances does a broker have liability for an investor's losses? We have successfully represented investors in the following types of claims:
- Unsuitable recommendations, including unsuitable annuities, excessive risk and lack of diversification.
- Excessive trading (churning).
- Unauthorized trading.
- Trading mutual funds.
All of these ordinarily occur either because the broker lacks professional judgment or because the broker places his commissions ahead of the investor's best interests.
If you’d like to find out more about working together, please contact us. We’ll have a conversation and see if we are the right attorneys for you, and if you’re the right kind of client for us. We hope to hear from you soon.