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|FEMA Explains Temporary Housing Assistance Programs|
Taylor Porter Brooks Phillips L.L.P.;
September 16, 2016, previously published on August 27, 2016FEMA has officially announced the types of assistance available to applicants through the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and some of the criteria and limitations of IHP assistance.
|After the Flood - Strategies for Protecting the Value of Your Home|
Boyd A. Bryan, Robert W. Scheffy; Jones Walker LLP;
September 14, 2016, previously published on September 6, 2016During the recent historic flood event, thousands of homes across south Louisiana were inundated with floodwater. For most homeowners, the recovery process has just begun. Information on possible funding, temporary housing, or other assistance is available from FEMA and other organizations. But if...
|Solar Industry Update: Clearing the Path for More Solar in the Sunshine State|
Chris Delp, Timothy M. Hughes; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
September 12, 2016, previously published on August 31, 2016In yesterday’s primary election, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, granting the Florida Legislature’s request for authority to exempt the value of solar improvements from commercial property taxes.
|Address Move Out Concerns Prior to Signing Your Lease|
Michael J. Klein; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 12, 2016, previously published on August 26, 2016It may seem counter-intuitive, but one of your biggest concerns when negotiating a lease to move into a new space is your surrender obligations when you move out. As the tenant, when your lease expires, you do not want to be surprised if your landlord requires you to remove all of the improvements...
|Foreclosing Subsequently Accruing Liens no Longer a Certainty under the Lis Pendens Statute|
Tyler A. "Ty" Hayden, Meghan O. Serrano; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
September 12, 2016, previously published on August 30, 2016The predictable landscape of foreclosing real property is no longer that for mortgagees, potential investors, construction professionals or municipalities in Florida. Last week, the Fourth District Court of Appeal confirmed that the lis pendens statute (section 48.23, Florida Statutes—the...
|Italy Enacts New “White List”|
Carla Calcagnile, Luca Ferrari, Marco Lombardi; Jones Day;
September 12, 2016, previously published on September 2016On August 9, 2016 the Italian Ministry of Finance issued a Decree (“the Decree”) amending the list of countries that are deemed to allow for an adequate exchange of information with Italy, the so-called “White List” set out in Ministerial Decree of September 4, 1996.
|Mold Testing and Tips Available for Homeowners|
Taylor Porter Brooks Phillips L.L.P.;
September 11, 2016, previously published on August 23, 2016There are several Baton Rouge companies offering mold testing and providing tips on mold remediation and clean-up efforts on homes. According to local home protection and pest control company Advantage Services, mold and bacteria have ideal breeding grounds in the warm, damp flooding areas of Baton...
|Michigan Court of Appeals Analyzes Foreclosure Rights in Two Recent Opinions|
Patricia Joan Scott; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
September 7, 2016, previously published on August 18, 2016As every lender and mortgage servicer knows, since the financial and housing crisis, courts have been clogged with cases analyzing the rights of lenders and borrowers with respect to consumer mortgage loans. These loans are usually evidenced by a promissory note, whereby the borrower promises to...
|Recording and Filing Fees in Various Sections of Michigan Law Revised to New $30 Flat Fee|
Steven L. Owen; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
September 7, 2016, previously published on August 18, 2016New legislation in Michigan has amended the amounts of recording and filing fees in various sections of Michigan law to a $30 flat fee. The series of bills passed by the legislature, now Public Acts 224 through 232 of 2016, is the result of discussions and negotiations between legislators and...
|An Ideal Time to Take on Your Accounts Receivable|
Deanna Swisher; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
September 7, 2016, previously published on August 18, 2016Have you noticed? We have. Bankruptcy filings are down and we are collecting on accounts that seemed hopeless a year ago. Although not all sectors of our economy are as robust as we would like, the improvement presents two opportunities for businesses that sell goods or services on credit.