Title Insurance and Closing Your Florida Home Purchase

| June 2, 2015

Last Update: 3/6/18 When you buy a house or other residential real estate here in Florida, you are buying both the land as well as the improvements to the property (the building, the plumbing and sewage systems, the fence, the landscaping, etc.). If you are buying a condominium, then you are buying an undivided shared […]

How Important is Title in a Florida Residential Real Estate Closing?

| April 21, 2015

Last Update: 3/6/18 Closings for residential real estate (homes, condos) are often held at the offices of title companies here in South Florida (even though most real estate lawyers will close a transaction at no additional cost). One of the most important aspects of a real estate closing, is the title work, which is an […]

Florida Slander of Title: Defamation Lawsuit Where Florida Real Estate Title is Disparaged – Can Actual and Punitive Damages Be Awarded?

| October 15, 2013

Last Update: 03/16/16 Defamation (libel or slander) lawsuits are being filed more and more often these days (see our injury blog for more details); most people are aware of these type of lawsuits where a party seeks damages for harm done to their reputation. However most people don’t know that in Florida there is a […]

Florida Forged Deeds: Foreclosure REO Properties Tempting Target for Fraudulent Conveyance of Homes to Innocent Buyers Via Fake Deeds

| July 16, 2013

Last Update: 02/24/16 Florida law is very protective of land titles and there are lots of legal requirements to be met in documenting ownership of real estate. For instance, real estate ownership must be documented in writing and that document must meet certain legal requirements. (See Florida Statute 689.01 et seq.) Why? Strict laws are […]

Florida House Bill 87 and “Foreclosure Reform” Passes Florida House’s Civil Justice Subcommittee: HB 87 is One Step Closer to Ending Judicial Foreclosures in Florida – This is Dangerous for Florida Home Owners and Florida Real Estate

| February 7, 2013

There’s a proposed law being pushed up in Tallahassee once again this year that aims to end Florida’s long-standing judicial foreclosure process, and this year it seems to be gaining strength, though it died a pretty quick death in its earlier version last year.  Perhaps you remember all the public outcry over this proposed legislation […]

Zombie Titles in Florida and the United States: What They Are, and How Zombie Titles Hurt Home Buyers and Home Owners, and Ways to Protect Against Zombie Titles

| January 10, 2013

Now, word is spreading around the country about a rising new horror in the Foreclosure Fraud crisis and Robosigning mess, which the country (and especially South Florida) has been reeling from for several years now; the ZOMBIE TITLE. That’s right: the Zombie Title, similar to the earlier warning we gave about the Zombie Note scare […]

Florida “Wild Deeds” – Just One More Florida Land Title Issue For Quiet Title Actions: What is a “Wild Deed”?

| April 24, 2012

Last Update: 02/24/16 Last fall, Osceola County Clerk of the Court joined other Florida officials in warning the public at large that con artists were at work in the State of Florida, taking advantage of the Foreclosure Fraud mess by filing “wild deeds” in the real property records. (Check out the Osceola Clerk’s list of […]

Should Florida Property Owners Proceed Pro Se and Represent Themselves in Legal Claims or Quiet Title Actions? Probably Not. Here’s Why.

| April 12, 2012

Florida law does allow individuals to proceed with civil actions without an attorney – in legal jargon, it’s called representing yourself “pro se.”  In this economy, finding ways to avoid the expense of attorneys’ fees sounds smart, and there are situations where a Floridian is somewhat savvy to handle their own legal matter. For instance, […]

Quiet Title Actions in Florida: What Damages Can You Get? In a Quiet Title Lawsuit, What Do You Get When You Win?

| April 3, 2012

Last Update: 5/7/2017 In Florida, a quiet title action is filed pursuant to specific Florida Legislation found in Chapter 65 of the Florida Statutes, “Quieting Title.”  (You can read through the entire chapter online here.)  In Chapter 65, Florida law defines three things that you can obtain in a successful quiet title action.  If you […]

Florida Quiet Title Actions: 10 Things You Should Know About Quieting Title in the State of Florida

| March 29, 2012

Last Update: 5/7/17 As the Florida real estate market moves along, title issues continue to cause problems for Florida home owners, those wanting to sell Florida property, as well as those who want to buy a Florida home or condo.  Why?  For one thing, the ForeclosureFraud mess from years ago disrespected and ignored longstanding Florida […]