Real Estate Lawyers Specializing in Commercial and Residential Issues
Real estate is an essential part of the Florida economy. Whether you are a large developer or simply buying a home, you need qualified real estate counsel.
The Bogin, Munns & Munns real estate attorneys handle virtually all aspects of real estate. We represent a wide variety of real estate companies, including developers, builders, contractors, lenders, and title insurance companies. We also represent owners of shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, and citrus and agricultural lands. In addition to commercial real estate transactions, we handle contracts and closings for home buyers and sellers.
Representation of landlords and tenants of all commercial uses is an integral part of our real estate practice. There are many pitfalls in what may be presented as a “standard form lease” and competent representation by an experienced attorney in leasing matters is essential to big and small clients alike.
Our attorneys also represent clients in land use and water approval processes, including comprehensive plan amendments, zoning, plat approvals, Developments of Regional Impact, Sector Plans, annexations and matters related to the involvement of local or state government.
You may call upon us to provide guidance or services in matters related to homeowners associations, environmental laws and regulations, and Small Business Association (SBA) loans. Our Central Florida law firm is your source for all real estate legal services from planning and representation to land development and closings. Our attorneys are even able to offer real estate brokerage services. As your real estate lawyer, we can provide you with innovative legal services such as:
- Licensure assistance
- Fiduciary duty advice
- Escrow dispute advice
We are happy to guide you in the real estate process and closing. We can meet you in the location that is most convenient to you with 13 locations throughout Central Florida, with our Main office in Orlando. We also have offices including Clermont, Cocoa, Daytona, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Melbourne, Orange City, St. Cloud, Titusville, and The Villages and in North Central Florida Gainesville and Ocala. Our Attorneys work aggressively to ensure your real estate matter is handled with the care you should expect from a firm that has been around for over 40 years.
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Commercial Real Estate
Our attorneys help buyers, sellers, and lenders with their business real estate needs. Contracts, title, closing? Call us
Residential Real Estate
Buying your first home or a rental property? Our residential real estate attorneys can help with title & closing.
Home not-so-sweet due to HOA disputes? Our attorneys can help with contracts, collections, liens and more.
Landlord | Tenant
Rental agreements & leases can be as complex as tenants’ rights. Our lawyers represent both landlords and tenants.
Retail & Shopping Center Development
Businesses need a place to set up shop, and our shopping center development attorneys are here to help!
Eminent Domain involves more than a squatter making himself comfortable in an empty home. Protect your property.
With a code enforcement attorney on your side, you may be able to resolve matters without fines to your property.
Real Estate Development
Our attorneys represent landowners, developers & builders in all types of real estate development projects.
Protect yourself against inaccuracies within the title of your new property. Speak to a lawyer about title insurance.
Environmental Real Estate
Avoid a costly mistake. Be sure your real estate transaction complies with environmental regulations.
Real Estate Litigation
Real estate litigation attorneys can help you with quiet title actions, easements, condemnation, evictions, and land use.
Zoning & Land Use
Location is key! Are you zoned for the property you want to build? Residential, commercial, or industrial, call us today.
Annexation can impact real estate, zoning, and land use. Talk to our annexation attorneys today for answers.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the grantor has present interest in the property, a quitclaim deed will “release” (transfer) that interest to the person receiving the property. It should be noted that a quitclaim deed does not carry any implied or express guarantees or covenants like a warranty deed. This means that if there is no interest in the property controlled by the grantor, nothing will be conveyed by the quitclaim deed.
It depends. First of all, it is strongly recommended that any rental agreement be written in clear, simple language, as oral contracts are more open to misinterpretation and, honestly, lapses of memory. Under normal circumstances, oral rental agreements are enforceable as tenancies at will as long as it is for one year or less. If the rental agreement states that the tenancy is for longer than one year at a time, then the rental agreement must be in writing to be enforceable. So a rental agreement that states the renter is to pay rent every month may span well past one year without having to be in writing because the term in only one month at a time, but a rental agreement stating that rent is to be paid every 18 months or every 2 years (as examples) must be in writing to be enforceable.
Some different types of property ownership can seem very similar to others, so it is important to pay attention to the details in order to find the right one. Here is a quick synopsis of the most common types:
- Sole Ownership: The simplest one to define. This is property completely owned by only one person. Language used in the deed to establish title as a sole ownership may read (for example), “Michelle Robinson, a single woman.”
- Tenants in Common: This is a type of co-ownership in which property is owned by at least two people at the same time. There need not be equal proportionate interests or right to possess the property among the tenants. Upon the death of a tenant, the interest of the decedent will pass to their heirs. The heirs will then become the new tenants in common among the surviving original tenants in common. Language used in the deed to establish a tenancy in common may read (for example), “Moses Robinson, Lawrence Robinson, and Jerome Robinson as tenants in common.”
- Joint Tenancy: This type of co-ownership is for when at least two people own the same property, at the same time, with equal shares. Each joint owner has a proportionate right of equal ownership interest, and an undivided right to possess the whole property. Upon the death of a joint tenant, their interest will only pass to surviving joint tenants if it is clear that there is a right of survivorship. While this type of property ownership is not available in all states, language used in the deed to establish joint ownership may read (for example), “Julie Robinson and Leonard Robinson, as joint tenants with right of survivorship.”
- Tenancy by the Entirety: This is a type of property ownership reserved specially for married couples, with each person owning 50% of the property. If one spouse wants to sell the property, the other must give their consent. This is another type of property ownership that is not available in all states. In Florida, it is available. Language used in the deed to establish a tenancy by the entirety may read (for example), “Ralph Robinson and Alice Robinson, husband and wife, as tenants by the entirety.” If the words “tenants by the entirety” are not in the deed, but “husband and wife” is, a tenancy by the entirety will be assumed.
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