Setting Aside a Default Judgment

Setting Aside a Default Judgment

In Florida, the failure to file a timely response to a complaint can lead to the Defendant losing the lawsuit altogether. However, if action is taken swiftly, the Courts can grant relief to a defendant who may have missed the deadline to file a response if he/she has...
Owner’s Liability for Hiring a Negligent Contractor

Owner’s Liability for Hiring a Negligent Contractor

Oftentimes, we hire individuals or companies based upon very little investigation. Such was the case in Suarez v. Gonzalez, 820 So. 2d 342, (Fla. 4th DCA 2002). In Suarez, an owner’s daughter hired a handyman and paid him in cash. There was no contract. The...
I RECEIVED A NOTICE TO OWNER; WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I RECEIVED A NOTICE TO OWNER; WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Question: “I received a Notice to Owner; what should I do?” My name is Jim Boatman. I’m an attorney and work out of Naples, Florida and periodically I like to take some questions that I’ve received from prospective clients and answer them for everybody. The...
HOW LONG IS A JUDGMENT GOOD FOR IN FLORIDA?

HOW LONG IS A JUDGMENT GOOD FOR IN FLORIDA?

Question: “How Long Is A Judgment Good For In Florida?” A domestic judgment is good in the state of Florida for 20 years, but there are some nuances you should be aware of. Number one, a judgment is only enforceable against the property of a debtor if it’s...