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You've got a real estate dispute: How do you BEST resolve it?

REAL ESTATE DISPUTE? [Edited May 1, 2017]

At the Naples law firm of Lanier & Deifik, P.A., we provide individual and business clients with tailored legal service aimed at promoting their best interests across a array of real property concerns.

Indeed, attorney Celia Ellen Deifik has been advocating diligently on behalf of clients for over three decades. As we note on a relevant website page of our firm, Ms. Deifik "has been board-certified in real property law for (now over) 20 years."

Two truths about Florida real estate disputes:

First, they run a broad range of possibilities. That is, while one case involves an honest difference of opinion regarding the language of a purchase and sale agreement, another might be focused upon possession, third-party nuisance or trespass activities. Corrective Deeds are sometimes used improperly to fix erroneous legal descriptions, resulting in threats of lawsuits. Perhaps a foreclosure-related matter requires strong legal input, or maybe real estate fraud has reared its ugly head. A buyout dispute might have become bitter, or a deposit recovery or forfeiture issue might be dissolving into litigation.

Many real estate closings were delayed by Hurricane Irma and both purchaser and seller may be having second thoughts. What are your rights?

Second: Although formal litigation pursued through court is a method for resolving a real estate-related dispute, it is NOT the only choice.

There are, in fact, distinct and multiple alternatives, such as mediation and arbitration, respectively. These can be time and money saving options.

These alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods can offer advantages over court-driven litigation.  Of course, they won't work in every instance.

Nothing is. A proven real estate attorney experienced with litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution processes can help a client make an educated choice as to whether courtroom litigation, mediation or arbitration might be best place to start.

 If you are a professional (engineer, surveyor, architect or title professional) dealing with commercial or residential real estate in Florida, it's also important to have an understanding of some basics of Florida law concerning easements, adverse possession and boundary issues. Adverse possession claims arise probably more frequently from inadvertence and mistake over boundaries and errors in legal descriptions than from squatters taking over abandoned properties, although that happens also. I will be making two educational presentations on these topics at a seminar in Fort Myers Thursday,June 8th. (2017)

(A big thanks to my fantastic associate attorney, Holly Rice, for her assistance with the in depth materials we have developed for participants).

There will also be presentations on boundary disputes, water rights and utility easements. This is eligible for Continuing Education credits for engineers, surveyors, attorneys, architects and title insurance professionals.

It is June 8, 2017 in Fort Myers FL at Courtyard by Marriott 4455 Metro Pkwy., Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 275-8600

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