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Transaction Brokers vs. Single Agents, Does Fiduciary Duty Apply?

Posted on May 16, 2022 in Real Estate

Many homes are sold across the country via Real Estate Brokers or individual homeowners.  With nearly 6 million homes sold this year, the Real Estate Market is operating at a high level. However, increased activity in the housing market may bring an influx of litigation. As a real estate broker, it is vital to ensure you are shielded from liability and know your rights. With certain business relationships comes certain duties. A fiduciary is a person who holds a legal or ethical relationship of trust with one or more parties. Certain positions, however, do not have this legal relationship of […]

Vacation Rental Renewals

Posted on May 16, 2022 in Real Estate

Vacation Rentals are a hot commodity in South Florida. With beaches, sunshine, and many activities, South Florida is a popular destination for many tourists. However, maintenance of these vacation rentals can be burdensome. In order to have a valid Vacation Rental Property in the city of Fort Lauderdale, an owner must acquire and maintain multiple licenses. A Business Tax License is needed, along with a Vacation Rental License. In addition, applications for these licenses require many other forms of documentation to pass the application review process for both the County and City. Furthermore, upkeep of these licenses is imperative as […]

The Florida Homestead Exemption, how you may be able to reduce your tax burden and protect your primary residence from judgment creditors.

Posted on Feb 9, 2022 in Real Estate

Florida is home to sunshine, beaches, and much more. While many individuals vacation in the sunshine state, others choose to make it their home for a plethora of reasons. One of these many reasons may be the Homestead Exemption and creditor protection delineated in the Florida Constitution. In short, the tax exemption applies to every person who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of Florida, who resides thereon, and in good faith makes it his or her permanent residence. To make a property one’s permanent residence, they must establish their domicile in that State. The […]

Florida’s Most Commonly Applied For Liquor License Types, 4COP and 2COP, Explained

Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in News

Obtaining a liquor license is a complicated, confusing, and tedious process.  Reviewing and completing the application process can seem daunting and overwhelming.  The assistance of an experienced and qualified attorney will prove invaluable. A brief overview of frequently applied for liquor licenses may assist in deciding on what type of alcoholic beverages to offer for sale.  The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Bureau of Licensing (“AB&T”) offers several types of licenses.  Below is a description of the liquor licenses most commonly applied for: Full Liquor License – 4COP Full liquor license are typically referred to as “4COP” licenses.  […]

Now is the time! Olive Judd assists Borrowers refinance their home loans

Posted on May 1, 2020 in News

It is all over the news, interest rates are at historic lows. You may be able to refinance your mortgage and get a great deal! A mortgage refinance is when you replace your current home loan with a new one. Why should you refinance now? You would save on the interest you pay to the lender; you would lower your monthly payment; and, potentially pay off that mortgage at a faster rate! Also, refinancing an existing mortgage may be easier and more cost-effective then selling and moving into a new home. Olive Judd, P.A. is an attorney-owned and operated title […]


Posted on Apr 10, 2020 in News

How Legal Meetings and Proceeding are Occurring Online During COVID-19 Stephen Hoffman lead a team that successfully obtained approval for a land use application from the Town Council of Southwest Ranches on April 9, 2020.  Due to isolation rules in place by the Town and Broward County, the Town of Southwest Ranches conducted the Council Meeting virtually using the Zoom platform. Question:         How did the virtual meeting work? Stephen:          It worked excellently!  I had a slight issue logging in (which elevated my heart rate a bit!), but once we got started the hearing worked well.  The Town did an amazing […]


Posted on Apr 4, 2020 in News

On Friday, March 27, 2020 Phase III of the CARES Act was passed.  This economic relief package was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to provide economic support to businesses, employees, individuals and families at the Federal level.  On April 3, 2020, lenders started taking applications for the Payroll Protection Program from borrowers.  Olive Judd, P.A. has already assisted clients with submitting these applications in order to maximize their loan amounts.  Olive Judd, P.A. is advising businesses and individuals on how the CARES Act programs can help them during the COVID-19 crisis.


Posted on Mar 31, 2020 in News

By Stephen Hoffman and Nicole Villarroel Broward County issued a “shelter in place” Emergency Order effective March 27, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis resulting in a high level of uncertainty for buyers, sellers and lenders as to whether they can close their residential and commercial real estate transactions.  Parties to real estate transactions must close timely to prevent forfeiture of deposits, losing favorable financing terms and/or meet stringent deadlines to effectuate a 1031 tax deferred exchange.  The impact of COVID-19 crisis on real estate and mortgage loan closings changes almost daily. We have implemented policies and procedures to allow […]

Families First Response Act: What Small Business Owners Need to Know

Posted on Mar 27, 2020 in News

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Small Business Owner Requirements The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, recently signed into law, requires small employers (those with fewer than 500 employees) to provide limited paid-leave benefits to employees who are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  The provisions of the Act make significant, temporary changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Small businesses will be affected by these changes and may need legal advice to navigate through the changes. The Act takes effect on April 2, 2020, and most provisions will expire on December 31, 2020. Generally, the Act provides that employees […]