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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

StopWorkOrder

What is a Stop-Work Order?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

In the construction field, there are always opportunities for issues to arise. This is especially true with larger projects that have a lot of money involved. One issue that a contractor may have to deal with is a stop-work order. As the name implies, a stop-work order requires the receiver to immediately stop working… Read More »

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Shoplifting Crimes in Florida

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Many people have engaged in some form of theft. Probably the most common form of theft is shoplifting. Shoplifting is also known as retail theft. People shoplift for various reasons. Many are poor and cannot afford to buy necessities, so they steal them. Some do it as a dare or to see if they… Read More »

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How Would I Lose My Florida Contractor’s License?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Not everyone can get a contractor’s license. You need to display a lot of knowledge about the industry. But even once you get your license, you need to work hard to keep it. As long as you follow the laws and stay out of trouble, you should be fine. However, many contractors get into… Read More »

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Signs of Foundation Issues

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

When it comes to a home, you need a strong foundation. Your home needs to be built on firm ground with no signs of cracks or sinking. These problems can signal defects in the structure of the home. Foundation issues are not something you want to mess with. They can cause a variety of… Read More »

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Man Arrested for DUI Manslaughter After Killing Woman

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

When a person is killed in a car crash and alcohol is involved, a person can be charged with DUI manslaughter. This is what recently happened in Florida. A man was arrested on DUI manslaughter charges after a crash killed a woman. The fatal accident occurred on the morning of December 31 in Orange… Read More »

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Understanding Termination of Construction Contract for Convenience

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

As a construction professional, you want to protect your right to work. You don’t want to lose out on your ability to work on a project simply because the client doesn’t want you there for some reason, but the truth is that they have the option to do so. This is called “termination for… Read More »

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3 Florida Men Charged With Unlicensed Contracting

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

It seems like scams happen everywhere. People all over Florida are engaging in fraud schemes to part residents of their hard-earned money. This is especially true when it comes to rebuilding homes after a disaster. After Hurricane Ian hit Florida hard in September 2022, people wanted to take advantage of this. There were signs… Read More »

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Assault vs. Battery: What is the Difference?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

You may have heard the term “assault and battery,” but what exactly is it? If you’re like many people, you may think it’s just one crime. It’s actually two different crimes — assault and battery — but people are often charged with both at the same time. Under Florida law, you may be charged… Read More »

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Common Causes of Construction Delays

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Construction projects can take a long time to complete. That’s because there are numerous factors involved, such as complicated processes, weather conditions, finances, coordination with subcontractors, availability of supplies, and organizational issues. For these reasons, there may be delays involved. A delay may be defined as the extra time required or incurred either beyond… Read More »

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New Florida Law Reduces Statute of Limitation for Design Claims to 7 Years

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Homeowners and owners of condos in Florida should be aware of a new law. Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature passed a law that reduces the time condo and property owners have to file lawsuits over construction defects, The statute of limitations has been changed from 10 years to seven years. This means that… Read More »

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