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How Design Professional Liability Works In Florida

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Every Florida construction project starts with a design, and it is the design professional’s job to make the owner and/or developer’s vision become a reality. However, these individuals are also responsible for delivering services in accordance with the appropriate standard of care for their discipline. When architects, engineers, and related professionals prepare construction documents,… Read More »

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Criminal Indictment For PPP Fraud Has Ties To South Florida

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Well over a year after the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was established to help businesses get through COVID-19 lockdowns, criminal charges continue to pile up against individuals who fraudulently accessed loan funds. South Florida’s NBC affiliate News Channel 6 covered a recent story regarding an indictment against the daughter of a candidate for Broward… Read More »

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Tips For Florida Contractors After A Workplace Accident

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Your workforce is one of your most valuable assets as a Florida construction contractor, so you recognize the importance of protecting employees and ensuring a safe environment for them to perform job-related tasks. Strict compliance with standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is crucial, and you are aware of your… Read More »

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What To Do When You Miss A Deadline For Your Florida Mechanics Lien

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Deadlines established by Florida’s mechanics liens statutes are abundant and sometimes confusing if you do not have a legal background. Unfortunately, the fact is that you could lose significant rights – and funds – if you do not comply with these time restrictions down to the last detail. The requirement to send notices by… Read More »

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3 Types Of Occupational Fraud In The Florida Construction Industry

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) conducts an annual analysis of the numerous instances of fraudulent conduct across all industries, and the 2020 Report to the Nations may come as a shock. Companies in the US experienced a median loss of $139,000 in the US, but 21 percent of these cases led to… Read More »

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Tips For Avoiding Change Order Disputes In Florida Construction Contracts

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

When negotiating a construction contract, contractors and owners typically operate under a key assumption: There WILL be changes to the project that will inevitably impact the scope, cost or schedule. It is either impossible or impractical to comprehensively define the scope of work down to every last detail that may arise. Therefore, there is… Read More »

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3 Laws Florida Contractors Should Discuss With A Construction Law Attorney

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

The construction market continues to boom around Palm Beach County and all of South Florida, with experts predicting that growth will reach 4.6 percent in 2021. Even after a year of pandemic uncertainty and lockdowns, residential construction in particular is expected to soar to a 15.5 percent increase over 2020. Whether you have been… Read More »

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How Do Lien Waivers Work Under Florida Construction Laws?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

While the focus and utility of mechanics liens are targeted to protect the interests of certain participants, almost every stakeholder must address issues related to lien waivers in Florida construction projects. Under the state construction lien statute, any party can waive lien rights related to labor, services, and materials, which is usually in exchange… Read More »

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Subcontractor Nonpayment: Quick, Effective Remedies Under Florida Law

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Unlike larger general contractors that have the resources and infrastructure to take on multiple, large-scale construction projects, many Florida subcontractors are smaller businesses. They dedicate all efforts on a per-project basis and operate on narrow margins, so not getting paid has disastrous, immediate consequences. If your company is facing such a situation, you may… Read More »

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Do I Need A Florida Defense Attorney To Fight Embezzlement Charges?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Embezzlement is on the rise in the workplace across Florida, so law enforcement, private companies, and insurers have implemented sophisticated investigation and forensic tools to detect misconduct. Florida’s embezzlement statute categorizes the crime as theft because it involves misappropriation of money, property, or other items of value; however, embezzlement also touches on fraud concepts… Read More »

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