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How to Anticipate and Avoid Life’s Legal Problems

How to Anticipate and Avoid Life's Legal Problems By: Sherri K. DeWitt, Esquire DeWitt Law Firm, P.A. Before I went to Law School I had a career teaching at the University level. It was relatively calm, secure, and structured. You would think that would be comforting. However, it was not. I always wondered what would happen if I had to deal with some real life problems, outside of the Ivory Tower. In my bones I knew that someday I would have to face the practicalities and legalities of life's problems to come. The certainty that one day I would have to face these problems...

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What To Do When You Can’t Pay Your Mortgage

FORECLOSURE: WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN’T PAY YOUR MORTGAGE Before Foreclosure It is important to be proactive when faced with financial hardship. A little advanced planning often can avoid a more difficult situation later. The options available for avoiding foreclosure are more likely to be successful the earlier you decide on a course of action and put it into place. Some recommendations include: 1. applying for a loan modification 2. Putting your house on the market. 3. talking to your lender about a deed in lieu of foreclosure 4. requesting pre-suit mediation. A. Loan Modification When you apply for a loan modification can...

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How To Avoid Losing Your Property In a Tax Deed Sale

INVESTORS BEWARE: HOW TO AVOID LOSING YOUR PROPERTY IN A TAX DEED SALE Many landowners who purchased real property during the years when real estate was the investment of choice are failing to pay the real estate taxes on those properties and are losing them at tax deed sales. Investors may forget about the payment of taxes on these properties and may not receive notice of tax deed sales. This is because notices of past due taxes are often sent to the property address. The property may be vacant land or may be occupied by tenants who do not forward these...

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Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: Let Someone Else Do It for You By: Sherri K. DeWitt, Esquire DeWitt Law Firm, P.A. The world is the same size as it was two hundred years ago, but it seems a lot smaller. Individuals are more mobile and business is more global. Communication is now almost immediate. No longer do we have to wait for a ship to cross the ocean to receive correspondence. It can be emailed or faxed in a matter of seconds. The result is that we are all under much more stress. Others expect us to respond immediately to almost all of the...

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Legal Things To Know About Buying A Home In Florida

Some Legal Things To Know About Buying A Home In Florida By Sherri K. DeWitt Consulting a lawyer before signing a contract or buy a home in Florida may help avoid trouble. The information contained in this letter is designed to help educate you about the process of buying a home in Florida. Once a buyer selects a home to purchase, the first paper given to the prospective buyer is the purchase and sale contract. This paper is one of the most important steps in buying a home. This contract describes what you buy and determines how you buy. Before signing a contract, read...

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Business Disputes In Divorce

Dividing a Family Business in Divorce Many families own and operate family businesses. Deciding how to handle a family business in a divorce can be a difficult issue. Many factors go into valuing a business and deciding how it should be equitably distributed. Often, the business provides the livelihood for one or both of the parties. The family business may be in the name of one spouse and that spouse may be the primary person responsible for it. However, how a business is named or titled may not be determinative of the issue. A judge presiding over a divorce will ask pertinent questions...

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