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Your Estate Plan: Small Oversights That Can Turn Into Big Headaches

Part of what we do at Blalock Walters is assist surviving family members with administrative matters after the death of a loved one.  It’s at that point in time when the effectiveness of the decedent’s estate plan is tested.  So, to help our clients develop estate plans that will actually operate as efficiently as they […]

City of Anna Maria Adopts Deadline for Harris Act Claims

The City of Anna Maria adopted a comprehensive Vacation Rental Ordinance (“VRO”) in April of 2015.  This VRO was challenged in court, and was subsequently amended a number of times by the City prior to the final version being adopted on November 19, 2015.  Amongst other regulations, the VRO places a limit on the maximum […]

Florida Votes: Update on Amendment 2 and Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana continues its pace as a hot topic in Florida since its defeat via a ballot measure in 2014 and subsequent approval in this unpredictable 2106 election.  In 2014 the ballot measure failed with 58 percent approval, just shy of the 60 percent required for a constitutional amendment.  This year, in an decisive result, […]

Is My Arbitration Clause Valid and Tailored to My Business?

There are many issues to consider in deciding whether to include an arbitration clause in your standard contracts.  However, if arbitration is right for resolving your business disputes, it is important that the arbitration clause is drafted properly to ensure it is enforceable and covers only claims appropriate for arbitration.  Under both federal statutory provisions […]

Homestead Exemption: What You Should Know

As we near the end of the year, now is the time for purchasers of new residences to consider the Florida homestead exemption and the many benefits it offers. To be entitled to receive a homestead exemption in 2017, you must be the owner of record of your property and have established Florida residency by […]