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New Firm! New Home! New Stuff!

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Hello! After about a year-long break from blogging, I'm back at the keyboard. All is good! I joined a new law firm, The Ort Law Firm, last July. We're housed in the (awesome) Britt Mansion in beautiful Winter Garden, Florida! I am really loving the firm, the town, the work and the laid-back office culture. Four attorneys, four paralegals and an administrator make nine of us altogether in the office. Though we are small, we are fierce! We have great clients and, for a small firm, we are doing some complex work and large deals. We are focused solely on commercial and residential real estate: transactions, leases, title insurance, development, finance, real estate-related litigation and much more. I am loving Winter Garden and hope to move here soon. I am looking forward to immersing myself this quaint, health-oriented, walkable (and golf … Continue reading...

Is an “agri-hood” in your future?

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As reported by Anjali Fluker in the Orlando Business Journal, this is an idea I really like ... an "agri-hood".  Read more about it here: 2,900 Home "agri-hood" Planned Near UCF.  Having an agriculture background, I think it is great that neighborhood agriculture, like urban agriculture, is becoming a "thing".  The more aware people are of where their food comes from, what it takes to produce it and where the bulk of it comes from (family farms, large and small), the better off we all are as consumers and the better off is the Florida agriculture industry as a whole.  Agricultural education is key. … Continue reading...

2015 Is The Year For Commercial Leasing, Apparently

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At least, it has been for me so far. I have been doing a lot of tenant representation so far this year ... reviewing and negotiating commercial leases. For some reason my transactional work (loan closings, purchase/sale closings, etc.) has been lagging since the end of 2014, and I'm not sure whether it's a trend for real estate in general or is specific to my clients and my practice. In any event, the commercial leasing work has helped take up the slack and I enjoy the work and the clients for whom I do it. Generally, it's fast-paced work ... once an LOI has been agreed to both parties want the lease negotiated and executed as soon as possible: the tenant, because they want to get in, get their tenant improvements installed and get revenue flowing in as quickly as possible, and the landlord, because they want the rent to start flowing in … Continue reading...

Florida Trend Legal Elite 2015

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Florida Trend Legal Elite 2015 voting is open! Florida attorneys vote here: http://www.newlinks.com/elite15/ … Continue reading...

“I’m waiting for …” What? Why? Don’t wait! Do something!

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I saw the post below online this morning and it reminded me of one of those “lessons learned.” As a young associate I once started a response to a senior attorney (who wanted an update on the status of an important matter) with “I’m waiting for ….” That’s far as I got! “Why? Why are […]

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Good News Keeps Coming …

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Wow. I think the (seemingly mythical) “turnaround” in the commercial real estate market is actually going to stick this time! After many years of up and down and sideways market conditions, GOOD news about the Orlando/Orange County/Central Florida commercial real estate market is being consistently observed and reported. For example, see this article entitled “9 […]

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Too Busy To Blog! But that’s no excuse …

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Sorry for my absence, lately! I understand now what marketing professionals mean when they tell me that the key to a successful blog is consistency, as in consistently providing new, meaningful content on a regular basis. Trust me, it’s a really hard thing to do, especially if you demand to personally write all of your […]

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Considering a sublease? LOOK BOTH WAYS!

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I recently assisted a client that is a commercial tenant with extra square footage by reviewing a proposed sublease of the extra space to a prospective subtenant. It was a good opportunity to once again think about the best way to structure such an arrangement and the risks involved, particularly for the tenant (my client) […]

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How Do You Define Confidence? Here’s One Way …

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Saw this on the internet the other day and it rang true to me. For me, one way of defining confidence as an attorney is being able to respond to a client’s question by admitting, without any shame, “I don’t know … ” but being able to ‘confidently’ add “however, I can get that answer for you.” I recall an […]

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LLCs: GOT ONE? NEED ONE? LOANING MONEY TO ONE? Pay attention to these new rules!

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The new Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (the “New Act”) became effective January 1, 2014. If you have an existing LLC, are forming a new LLC or, for you commercial lenders out there, are loaning money to an LLC, you should pay attention to the changes that have been implemented. Why bother with a New Act? Theoretically, […]

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