We provide legal assistance on matters of estate planning.
There’s no question about it, estate planning is serious business. One wrong word or one missing signature can change the entire intent of a will or trust. Luckily, you’ve found A.K. Esquire, and we’re here for you.
State laws are very specific about what can and can’t be in a will, trust, or medical or financial power of attorney; who can and can’t serve as a personal representative, trustee, health care surrogate or attorney in fact; who can and can’t be a witness to a will, trust, or medical or financial power of attorney; and what formalities must be observed when signing a will, trust, or medical or financial power of attorney.
For example, in Florida, a personal representative must either be related to you by blood or marriage or, if not, then a resident of the state. Time and time again I see wills of Florida residents that designate a friend or attorney from out of state as the personal representative. This non-resident, non-relatives simply can’t serve, and in fact, won’t be allowed to serve, in Florida. Working with a qualified estate planning attorney will help you to avoid this kind of simple and yet costly mistake.
The old Latin saying, “Caveat Emptor,” or “Buyer Beware,” certainly applies to estate planning. If you think that you’ll be saving a few dollars by using forms found on the internet or in a do-it-yourself book to prepare your estate planning documents, then your family will be in for a rude awakening when they learn that part or all of your will, trust, or medical or financial power of attorney isn’t legally valid or won’t work as you had anticipated. Thousands of dollars will then be spent by your loved ones working with a qualified estate planning attorney after the fact to fix your mistakes.
Estate Lawyers Can Help Sort out Complex Family or Financial Situations Take a look at your life and your assets to see if you fit into one or more of the following categories:
You’re in a second (or later) marriage
You own one or more businesses
You own real estate in more than one state
You have a disabled family member
You have minor children
You have problem children
You don’t have any children
You want to leave some or all of your estate to charity
You have substantial assets in 401(k)s and/or IRAs
You were recently divorced
You recently lost a spouse or other family member
You have a taxable estate for federal and/or state estate tax purposes
If one or more of these situations apply to you, contact A.K. Esquire today!
We’ll eliminate those real estate law headaches for you.
Allow A.K. Esquire help you with all legal matters pertaining to your real estate needs.
Our real estate department at AK Esquire represents and counsels property owners, investors, developers, lenders and borrowers, and groups of owners such as condominium and homeowner’s associations (HOAs) throughout South Florida!
Commercial and Residential Real Estate Closings
Residential and Commercial Lease Review and Drafting
Drafting Power of Attorney for Real Estate and Borrowing Transactions
Construction, Housing, and Land Development Laws
Drafting Condominium Documents
Real Estate Litigation
Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation
Purchases and Sales
The law offices of A.K. Esquire have represented clients throughout Florida with their real estate legal needs. We’ve provided valuable legal advice to buyers and sellers of both commercial and residential real estate. Our office also specializes in handling real estate closings. When you close with our experienced attorneys you get the added benefit of getting sound legal advice as it pertains to your real estate transaction.
When you hire an experienced Real Estate Lawyer to handle closing your commercial or residential real estate transaction you get benefits that are not available to those using non-attorney title companies. The largest benefit is that if there is a problem with the target property, a lawyer has the tools and knowledge to fix that problem and cure title defects. Non-attorney title companies are not going to be able to cure most title defects and you will have to retain an attorney to remedy the defect before returning to close your deal which often results in significant delays or even losing the deal. Many times an attorney will be able to cure the defect and close on the scheduled closing date. For typical title defects, our real estate lawyers do not charge an additional fee to cure title. We view this added service as fulfilling our promise to provide the best possible service to our clients.
Our office is experienced in representing commercial lenders or hard-money lenders secured by Commercial Real Estate. Our real estate lawyers assist lenders in completing due diligence, securing the loan with the first mortgage on commercial real property, and procuring a title insurance policy with limited exceptions. We also have the interpersonal skills necessary to explain the nature of each transaction to both the lender and the borrower. Our real estate lawyers understand that each transaction is unique and we approach each transaction with careful attention to detail to ensure that our clients receive the soundest legal representation.
Our office represents real estate developers on a wide array of projects including:
Purchase and Sale Agreement
Drafting Condominium Documents
Other community-related issues
Our firm has assisted developers in some of the most successful projects on the West Coast of Florida. No matter how small or large the scope of the project may be, our real estate attorneys treat each project with meticulous care to ensure that our clients are protected.
Our real estate attorneys are experienced and skilled in assisting buyer and seller of commercial and residential real estate with their contract negotiations. We understand that each deal begins with the negotiation of the contract and we have the ability to explain the pros and cons of each integral detail of the contract. Whether clients are using standard FAR-BAR real estate contracts or we are drafting a tailor-made agreement each provision must be carefully considered in light of the nature of the transaction.
Far too often, landlords and tenants mistakenly assume that the lease they have been provided is adequate. A leasehold interest in a property is a legal right to occupy and use real estate subject to the terms of the lease. Our experienced real estate lawyers can help negotiate and review leases for landlords and for tenants.
Lease terms may be long, and hard to understand. Therefore, it is important to consider all the challenges and problems that may occur in the distant future. A.K. Esquire is here to worry about this for you!
Our real estate lawyers are experienced in assisting real estate developers to conduct due diligence on a prospective acquisition. Often times, investors need due diligence completed on short notice, perhaps because the target property is being sold at a public auction.
Investors should be extremely cautious when purchasing a property at auction and they need to review and understand what liens may be on the property, what mortgages are not satisfied, and what other encumbrances could surface in the future. Our real estate lawyers have the ability to pull a full title report on a target property and review the relevant history to understand what potential problems may exist. After we have investigated the target property, investors can purchase with peace of mind.
Florida Foreclosure law is extremely confusing and complex. Our experienced real estate lawyers can assist both lenders and borrowers with the foreclosure process to accomplish their individual objectives. From a borrower perspective, we will review every aspect of the loan to ensure that the lender has complied with all of its obligations. Our borrowers also receive the added benefit of staying in their home while we fight on your behalf. When representing lenders, we aggressively pursue the case to real the most expedient and efficient resolution possible.
Our real estate lawyers are incredibly knowledgeable about Florida landlord-tenant law and are experienced in assisting both landlords and tenants with achieving their legal objectives. Florida law is very unforgiving for tenants who do not pay their rent and our real estate attorneys will ensure that landlords are able to retake possession of their property quickly from a non-paying tenant.
Contact us NOW to learn more about how we can help you with your Real Estate Law needs!
Your business, is our business. Let us help you.
A.K. Esquire’s commercial department represent businesses of all types and sizes from the very small (macro) business through micro, small and mid-sized up to companies with large revenues, providing services in a wide variety of business or endeavors, including:
Construction and design
The scope of our business and corporate law practice is broad, from the simple to the complex. Listing each and every area in which a Business lawyer provides services to a business would take up too much of your time to read. However, using the various stages of a business’ life, a healthy sample of the areas in which a business lawyer helps a business and its owners and employees include:
A.K. Esquire is sensitive to the limited resources that some start-up businesses are facing and helps business owners in directing the use of their funds and which actions the business owner can take himself/herself and which require the help of an experienced business transactions attorney. There is more legal work to be done than a start-up can afford in the beginning and our firm helps directly in the practical and economical use of the legal budget.
Business can use lawyers at various times, from the time of the idea to start or buy a business, through the years of operation and growth of the business, to the sale of the business or passing the business on to the next generation. This known as “cradle to grave” in the business world.
Business Law provides opportunities to prevent problems in the future by structuring the business relationship in a way that eliminates, or at least minimizes, disputes in the future, or provide a framework for resolving disputes that can avoid the need for business litigation.
Decision to buy assets or buy the company ownership
Structure of the new business decisions (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, other.)
Use of more than one entity; subsidiaries
Related estate planning
Formation of the new business; restructure of the old business entity
Issuing shares of stock/membership interests
Articles/ bylaws/operating agreements
Employee Identification Numbers (SS-4)
Sale Tax ID (DR-1)
Employees forms Form 941 or 944
Subchapter S Elections Form 2553
Business broker negotiations and agreements
Non-disclosure agreements (NDA)
Resolving due diligence issues
Indemnification for prior debts
Seller, bank or third party financing the purchase or sale
Business and personal collateral for financing
Letter of intent (LOI)
Purchase and sale agreement, schedules, exhibits
Business’ real estate purchase or leases
Matters critical to the business
Contracts with key employees and suppliers
Negotiations with government agencies
Coordinating with CPA’ s and business advisors
Supporting documents required for the closing
Closing the acquisition
Exit strategy and business succession plans
Structure of the new business (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, and other.)
Formation of the new business; restructure of an old business entity
Direction on the steps needed to start a business and where to find help
Securing the location
Home business requirements
Fictitious names – Protecting the name
Assist with insurance and other matters
Same buying and selling assistance from above
Agreements for the investment
Analyze existing control of the business structure
Changes to the existing structure
Representations and warranties
Breach of contracts
Contracts drafting and review
Resolution of disputes among owners
Agreements with other businesses and customers
Annual meeting/written actions/reports
Responding to claims against the business
Making claims by the business before litigation
Same buying and selling assistance as above
Existing control structure of the business
Changes to the existing structure
Representations and warranties
New control issues
Structure of the business decisions (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc)
Use of multiple entities
Tenant disputes before litigation
Landlord and Tenant Litigation
Clearing title defects
Condominium documents and issues
Closing of sales and purchases
Partition – splitting jointly owned property
Close the door decisions
More formal going out of business
Negotiations with creditors
Business’ clients deserve and expect to be represented by Business and corporate transactions attorneys with high-quality legal skills. They also need lawyers that are sensitive to the demands and abilities of the client’s business. A.K. Esquire makes it our mission to understand the client’s goals and to tailor our representation to a realistic and economical resolution. Business transaction lawyers should resolve, not create problems, and should not make it their role to kill the deal. Our client’s business’ wants and needs will drive the legal strategy.
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Have you suffered a personal injury due to the negligence or reckless actions of another? A.K. Esquire is here to help you get the settlement you deserve! Our tenacious injury attorneys are committed to passionately serving the injured in South Florida.
At A.K. Esquire, our personal injury attorneys in South Florida can help whether you have been a victim injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip, and fall, or other accident types. Our experienced team has extreme compassion and dedication to help you through this stressful time and fight to get the compensation you deserve.
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Families are so important, let us help yours today!
Facing any issue in Florida family court can be stressful and there can be a lot on the line for you and your family. The dedicated team at A.K. Esquire represents the rights of clients in the following family-related cases:
The end of a marriage is often an emotionally-charged time and facing the complex legal process of divorce can be stressful. You do not have to face divorce alone, as our experienced family law attorneys are here to represent you throughout the entire process.
Custody orders can have a huge impact on your relationship with your children. You always want to have a lawyer on your side who will fight for your parental rights to spend time with your child and have an active role in how they are raised.
Child support cases can affect your financial situation for years to come – whether you are the parent paying or receiving support. It is important to have a skilled family law attorney handling your case who can fight against any support orders that may be unfair.
If a spouse is requesting alimony in a divorce, this issue can be a sticking point and can delay finalization of the case. Dolman Law Group will help you resolve alimony issues whether you are requesting support or trying to avoid paying unnecessary support.
You may need to seek a modification of an existing child support, alimony, or custody order if you have experienced a substantial change in circumstances. We can assist you in obtaining a modified order that makes sense for your current situation.
Planning ahead and signing a prenuptial agreement can make a potentially complicated divorce case significantly easier. Discuss your circumstances with our attorneys who can advise whether you should sign an agreement to protect your rights.
If you are considering adoption, you should discuss your options and the legal process with a dedicated family law attorney as soon as possible. Our team helps with all types of adoptions, including grandparent and stepparent adoptions.
Whether you are seeking to establish legal paternity to assert your parental rights as a father or to seek child support from the biological father of your child, Dolman Law Group can help you through this legal process.
Our family law attorneys act fast to assist victims of domestic violence in any manner possible. If you or your child has been a victim, do not hesitate to call our office immediately.
We know how important restraining orders can be to ensure your safety and will help you obtain one when necessary. We also understand that not all accusations are valid and can help clients fight against wrongful restraining orders.
If you need assistance with any type of family law case in or around South Florida, do not wait to call A.K. Esquire to discuss how we can help you. You deserve to win!
As business lawyers we understand the needs of business owners to resolve contract disputes and lawsuits efficiently and cost-effectively. A.K. Esquire strives to negotiate workable solutions and, if needed, prepare for trial in the event that a dispute escalates. We make sure all the details of contracts and other transactional matters are properly addressed so our clients can avoid breach of contract lawsuits and other expensive and time-consuming disputes. However, when litigation is necessary, we are prepared to take the matter as far as needed to get the best result for our clients. Our combination of attention to detail and aggressive litigation gives small and medium sized business organizations the representation they need.
The Fell Law Firm offers a full spectrum of business and commercial law services, including the following areas:
Drafting and review of business contracts of any nature
Contract disputes (breach of contract)
Commercial lease disputes
Purchase or sale of businesses
Construction litigation involving general contractors, subcontractors and consumers
Suits against home builders for non-performance or defects
Drafting non-compete agreements
Prosecuting and defending business-related lawsuits
Commercial account collection
Drafting and reviewing commercial and residential leases
Fraud, embezzlements and other business torts
Personal injury and dram shop defense
Non-compete agreements and restrictive covenants
Injunctions, liens and specific performance
A.K. Esquire has extensive business representation knowledge and care. We’re well positioned to represent business and commercial clients in litigation. Our goal is to help clients deal with legal matters in the most cost-effective and timely way possible, freeing them to once again focus on running the business. Our reputation for providing effective business advocacy is well-earned. We have the resources and experience to meet your expectations. We believe that a majority of business disputes can be prevented by properly executed contracts that save clients the time and expense of litigation.
Most businesses will inevitably be involved in a legal dispute sooner or later. Many disputes could have been avoided by hiring a lawyer to draft and review contracts and make sure that other business transactions are properly completed. In contrast to a poorly written contract that begs to be exploited, a thorough and legally sound contract saves an organization time, money and disruption. A.K. Esquire can draft or examine construction contracts, buy-sell agreements, employment agreements, leases, financing agreements, contracts for goods or services and other written agreements to protect your interests.
A.K. Esquire is committed to providing clients with sound legal advice, correctly drafted documents and aggressive representation in court. Contact us today for a FREE consultation!
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