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  • Radio Interview: Attorney Brian Corlew

    Click here to listen to Attorney Brain Corlew's interview with the Emerald Coast Weekly .
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    Today, a client visited my office who had just finished building an expensive new home. More exactly, she and her husband had hired a contractor to build a home according to their plans. She reported they had trouble with the contractor from the beginning, and after closing they made a long punch list of the things that were still wrong with the house. The Contractor’s response to the punch list ...
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  • Your Rights When You Are Pulled Over

    Very few experiences in life create the apprehension that comes when being pulled over by the police. The first thing most drivers think about is what they have done to be stopped. Others just wonder what the officer wants. And some obviously worry when they are in violation of the law in any manner. Remember that while officers can issue a verbal warning, reminding a driver to abide by the law, ...
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  • An Urgent Message

    Fifty or so years ago someone in America whispered to the public the notion that cigarettes were causing cancer. No one listened. Then he said it again, and then again, and soon even politicians heard. Those little white sticks that were required for admission to every boardroom and every fraternity in America began not to smell so good. We reached a tipping point. We got the message. Two months ...
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  • Can I Get a DUI for Medical Marijuana in Florida?

    The state of Florida prohibits driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, medical marijuana included. Despite its growing acceptance as a necessity for patients, medical marijuana is still an impairing substance which can lead drivers to make dangerous or negligent decisions on the road. Alcohol itself is not illegal but driving after having too much alcohol is. The same goes for ...
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  • The Penalties for Underage Drinking & Driving in Florida

    Each March, weary college students close their textbooks and flock to their favorite destination locations to relax, party, and recharge for the upcoming school weeks. With its gorgeous beaches, world-famous attractions, and rocking nightlife scene, it’s easy to see why Florida is considered one of the most popular spots for both local and vacationing spring breakers. However, before you take a ...
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  • When Should I Update My Estate Plan?

    Drafting a comprehensive estate plan can be a time-consuming and emotional endeavor. After all, these documents need to prepare your chosen agents/personal representatives for unexpected medical emergencies, safeguard your end-of-life choices, and protect your assets and beneficiaries during the probate process upon your death. You can’t just lock these documents away and assume that you’ll still ...
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  • E-Signatures and the Statute of Frauds

    Fla. Stat. §725.01, is called the “Statute of Frauds”, it requires that, in order to be enforceable, a contract involving the sale of an interest in land must be memorialized in a written instrument signed by the party against whom enforcement is sought (or by some other lawfully authorized person). Accordingly, an enforceable real estate contract must satisfy two threshold conditions: (1) it must ...
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  • When Should You Start Thinking About Estate Planning?

    Many young people aren’t worrying about the distant future often. However, when it comes to making sure your family and things are taken care of, you should seriously consider taking an active role in estate planning. Planning your estate allows you to prepare for the unlikely event of your own incapacity due to a disability, illness, or death. It also helps keep your belongings, money, and ...
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  • Questions To Ask Yourself As You Begin Estate Planning

    Planning your estate is not a simple process. As your life grows and evolves, you need to make new considerations for the different people and responsibilities in your life. Although your estate will have its own unique needs, these questions can help you make an outline and prepare you for a conversation with your estate planning attorney . What Documents Do You Need? An estate plan consists of a ...
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  • A Message To Subdivision Owners

    Who would argue that we’ve confused things in Washington to the point that there will probably be no winners – only losers? This article is about how the State of Florida has scrambled the law of subdivision covenants in exactly the same way. This subject is not fun, even to lawyers. But it affects every owner of property in a subdivision and every real estate professional. Please don’t change the ...
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  • Common Property Valuation Conflicts

    Property valuations can pose a number of potential conflicts, and sometimes parties end up disagreeing on the value of a property. There can be several reasons why these conflicts occur including accidental errors, fraud, and confusion of laws. Accidental Errors On occasion, people will disagree about the value of a property due to an inadvertent error in calculating the value. For example, the ...
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  • My Best Round of Golf

    Last Saturday I got an opportunity to choose to either embarrass myself playing golf, again, or to do something different. I chose different. Like having a salad at Danny’s Fried Chicken (no one I know would ever do that), I said no to golf and joined a caravan of men and women going to Panama City to clean up after Hurricane Michael. For me, not every minute was fun. But every minute was ...
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  • Choosing between a Short Sale & a Voluntary Foreclosure

    Choosing between a Short Sale & a Voluntary Foreclosure Foreclosure is what happens when a homeowner fails to make their mortgage payments. In the first six months of 2018, it’s estimated that 1 out of every 370 housing units in the United States had a foreclosure filing. According to Daren Blomquist, the Senior Vice President of ATTOM Data Solutions, these numbers are the consequence of loosening ...
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  • Is My Landlord Responsible for Repairs?

    Renting a property can leave some things ambiguous as to whether your landlord is responsible for repairing broken or malfunctioning appliances or other parts of your home. If you are living in a rental property, repairs are typically the responsibility of the landlord. There are times, however, when the cost of a repair could fall on you. There should be details in your lease that determine what ...
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