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Time is of the Essence

You probably have heard the expression that “time is of the essence”. It merely means, from a legal perspective, that the parties of an agreement recognize that the dates and deadlines referenced in the contract are important and are not to be overlooked or considered inconsequential. There can be some…

What Can You do When You Need, But Can’t Afford, a Lawyer

There are times when you may find that you need a lawyer’s assistance but you also find that the expense is very difficult and seemingly impossible. That does not mean that you must just accept what comes or try to undertake something that is clearly bigger than you are prepared…

Landlord/Tenant Matters – Security Deposit

Residential leases generally include the Landlord’s requirement that the Tenant deposit with him/her a monetary Deposit to secure the Tenant’s faithful performance and any potential damages to the property. This is reasonable, but the Tenant should be able to expect its return if he/she has fully performed under the Lease…

Landlord/Tenant Matters – Wrongful Eviction

Residential Leases are often entered very casually and with un-defined terms. However, a Residential Lease Agreement deserves much more attention and clarity in the agreement. It is the property in the ownership of the Landlord and deserves protection and preservation and respect as an investment. It is also the place…

Landlord/Tenant Matters – Abandonment

Landlords should draw their Residential Leases carefully to include everything that they may need to better enforce them. What happens if the tenant doesn’t pay and doesn’t pay and doesn’t pay and when the threat of eviction becomes greater, they just leave in a hurry. That often happens and many…

Dealing With HOAs

Home Owners Associations (HOAs) are good and necessary not-profit entities that are designed to efficiently, effectively and economically operate communities where the homes were designed together to be a co-operative unit for protection, aesthetics and management. They can be very positive tools and they can also be very frustrating tools.…

Landlord/Tenant Matters Can’t be Taken Lightly

Leases, even residential leases, cannot be taken lightly or casually. They are important for many reasons and one being that they dictate how a tenant’s family life is controlled as to the home they live in. Here are a few suggestions for the potential tenant to keep in mind: 1.…

An Effective Approach to Mediation Settlement

You’re going to Mediation on the dispute that is already in Court. Your attorney is going to explain the process to you and the Mediator is going to explain it to you again when you get there. But, it doesn’t hurt to remind yourself throughout the mediation to just stay…