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4 Benefits Of Arbitration To Resolve Florida Construction Disputes

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Regardless of the positions of various entities in a construction dispute or defects claim, there is usually one factor they CAN agree upon: It is worthwhile to consider all available, practical options to avoid costly, time-consuming litigation. Informal negotiations can often be successful in overcoming disagreements, but many parties require a process that offers… Read More »

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4 Quick Facts To Know About Florida Bid Protests

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Any time you are working on a construction project involving a federal, state, or local government body, you will need to go through the bid solicitation process under Florida law. The requirement aims to provide all potential companies with an opportunity to win a contract, while also ensuring the government gets the best quality… Read More »

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Surety Bonds in Florida Construction Projects

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Regardless of your role in the Florida construction industry, it is a given that you will need to deal with surety bonds on an almost-daily basis. A bond is required by Florida’s Little Miller Act any time you are working on a public project in excess of $200,000, and it may be a condition… Read More »

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3 Florida Construction Defect Laws Contractors Need to Know

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

As a Florida contractor, your vast knowledge in the construction industry covers materials, labor, equipment, and many other details necessary to successfully complete the project. However, you may be somewhat lacking in the minute details contained in Florida’s construction defects statute, associated regulations, and procedural rules – and this is understandable. Given all the… Read More »

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5 Ways a Mechanic’s Lien Ensures You Get Paid

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Any business owner may encounter hassles in getting paid for the services or products provided to another company, and these disputes often end up in breach of contract litigation. However, if you work in the Florida construction industry, you have an edge under state law: The statute on construction liens outlines a process through… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court: Insurance Company Cannot Hide Behind Homestead Exemption to Avoid Contractor Lawsuits

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Florida provides homeowners with some of the strongest creditor protections in the country. The Florida Constitution itself contains a homestead exemption, which prohibits the forced sale of a person’s primary residence in order to satisfy a debt or creditor judgment. There is, however, a critical exception for “obligations contracted for the purchase, improvement or… Read More »

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4 Construction Defects That Derail Florida Contractors

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Whether your project is big or small, residential or commercial, or for a person or entity, there is a good chance that you will face allegations of a construction defect at some point. For Florida contractors, customer concerns and complaints are just a part of doing business. Still, while there are many construction defect… Read More »

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Substantial Completion for Florida Contractors: Answers to Your FAQs

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Contractors are well-familiar with the term “substantial completion,” and many have even had to deal with disputes arising out of it in a Florida construction contract. If you were forced to address some of the legal issues, the underlying concepts can be frustrating. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) defines substantial completion as the… Read More »

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5 Reasons You Need a Florida Board Certified Attorney for Construction Law Matters

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Rules governing the practice of law allow attorneys to handle client matters in a wide range of areas, as long as they pass the bar and meet other general requirements to remain good standing. However, lawyers can also seek board certification from the Florida Bar Association in specific legal topics. If granted, the distinction… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Holds Tampa Violated State Redevelopment Laws By Offering Building Without Public Notice or Bidding

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Florida law authorizes local governments to designate “Community Redevelopment Areas” (CRAs) when certain conditions exist. The local government appoints a Community Redevelopment Agency to oversee the CRA, which in turn is responsible for developing and implementing a redevelopment plan for the area. If the local government subsequently wants to dispose of any real estate… Read More »

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