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Blog Posts in 2018


    First a disclaimer. I can’t dance. I know there’s supposed to be a relationship between the music and whatever is happening on the dance floor, but I make excuses by telling people I’m just hearing different music. The truth is that sometimes I hear no music at all. We all like to follow what others have done. Much of real estate is following a form someone else prepared. Deeds, notes, and ...
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  • When a Player Absent from the Table Has Cards in the Game

    When most of us hear the word “homestead”, we picture a Conestoga wagon racing across the Old West to capture a plot of land. That term really was accurate during the 1800’s in the west; the Federal Homestead Act did jump-started private ownership of parcels of land in the western states. Florida was not part of that, and though we also use the term in Florida, it means something entirely ...
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  • Should I Involve an Attorney When I Buy or Sell My Home?

    Buying and selling a home, for most, is typically the most expensive transaction they will ever be involved in. Therefore, you will want to make sure this process goes smoothly from start to finish. While a real estate agent can assist you in buying or selling your home, you have to keep in mind that they are not attorneys and lack some of the special skills, knowledge, and experience you could ...
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  • Issues You Might Face During Divorce

    A plethora of issues can potentially lead to a divorce , but the process of dissolving the marriage itself is not without its own issues, both financial and emotional. Everyone is, of course, unique in their own ways, but some issues simply so prevalent under these circumstances that most divorcing spouses will encounter them. Below is a list of some of the most common issues you can potentially ...
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  • How to Enforce a Child Support Order

    If you are having difficulties with a parent when it comes to receiving child support payments on time or at all, there are some steps you can take to enforce the order and ensure he or she is providing the financial support your children deserve. Before you take legal action, first contact the parent to figure out why he or she is not making the necessary payments. If you have already done this ...
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  • More on a Transportation District

    I promised a Crestview Commissioner that I wouldn’t start a full scale commotion about my proposal to create a North Okaloosa Transportation District for at least a couple of weeks, in order to allow all those fine folks I talked about in my last article to present a better solution. I’m going to keep my promise. But I have to reply to Nathan Boyles’ critique of what he calls my “editorial” in his ...
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    For the hundreds of people who sit in a barely moving chain starting about 5 miles south of Crestview every afternoon, I have one question: If someone were to walk between the cars with a bucket and when you roll down your window say “throw in two bucks and I will make this mess go away”, would you do it? My guess is if we had to pull out a credit card to pay the man, we’d do it. As you answer ...
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  • Home Ownership

    I oftentimes hear folks express their frustration with home ownership. They dream about owning a condominium where they will have little maintenance responsibility and a condominium association looking after the community. When you have a responsible Board of Directors, a professional association manager, and the association providing insurance covering the exterior of the building, what could ...
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  • Our Newest Shareholder Tara Hagan

    It is our pleasure to announce that Tara Hagan is our newest Shareholder here at Chesser & Barr. Tara is a talented advocate of the firm’s clients and her experience extends across business law, real estate litigation, and appellate work. Mrs. Hagan came to us in 2011 after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida, and then her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson ...
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  • What's in your black bag?

    This article first started where the last one left off. That one told of a bank-owned repossession, a commercial lot, burdened by a billboard easement. The person buying was new to the English language, and didn’t know that the easement, which I called a “blanket easement” prevented use of the entire property. My first approach to a fix is to say to Realtors and closing agents, when presented with ...
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  • President's Circle for 2017 | Emerald Coast Divorce Lawyers

    Chesser & Barr, P.A. Selected as a Member of The Fund’s President’s Circle for 2017 We are excited to announce that our law firm, Chesser & Barr, P.A. has been named as a Member of The Fund’s President’s Circle for 2017. The Fund's President's Circle is an elite group that is made of the top 100 Member firms based on the policies remitted in 2017. Firms that are selected to be part of The Fund’s ...
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  • Should I Sell My Wedding Ring?

    Selling your wedding ring following a divorce is ultimately a personal choice. Some people choose to keep the jewelry as a final keepsake because they cannot bring themselves to completely eradicate this part of their lives. A wedding ring serves as a reminder of what once was, and as such, it can be a special memento for many. If there are no hard feelings regarding the marriage, many people ...
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  • Should I Move Out During Divorce?

    Moving out in the midst of a divorce is an idea many couples consider, though determining whether this is the right move to make depends on your specific circumstances. There are both pros and cons when it comes to deciding to leave or deciding to stay. The truth of the matter is, not everyone has the ability to move out. Divorce is already a financially challenging period in one’s life and many ...
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  • Can I Change My Divorce Agreement?

    When courts finalize a divorce, they are signing off on an agreement they think is as fair as possible. Likewise, if a child is involved in the divorce, the court is essentially making the decision they believe is in the child’s best interest. However, life rarely goes the way we plan. One parent might lose a job and might no longer be capable of making child support payments, or another parent ...
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