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Another Reduction in Sales Tax for Commercial Tenants

December 18, 2019

NEW LAWS IN EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2020 On January 1, 2020, the Florida sales tax rate on commercial leases will be reduced yet again, for the third time in the last three years.  The rate will be reduced from 5.7% to 5.5% for payments received for occupancies on or after January 1, 2020. The tax … Read more

Beware of the Mean Lien: 5 Tips to Protect Landlords During Tenant Improvement Work

October 8, 2019

By: Nicole Latham Carolan, Esq. and Heather S. Nason, Esq. In Florida, when a lease permits or requires a tenant to make improvements to the premises, the tenant’s contractor(s) (as well as any subcontractors or suppliers), if not timely paid, can file a lien against, and ultimately foreclose upon, not only the tenant’s leasehold interest … Read more

Counterfeit Confessions: Landlord’s Liability Extended to a Tenant’s Trademark Infringement

September 30, 2019

On August 7, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a ruling in favor of a luxury eye wear manufacturer against a mall owner for trademark infringement violations in the case of Luxottica Group, S.P.A. vs Airport Mini Mall, LLC, Case No. 18-10157, 2019 WL 3676340 (11th Cir. Aug. 7, 2019). … Read more

Fourteen from WHWW Named 2020 Best Lawyers in America©

September 25, 2019

Fourteen lawyers from the law firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman, P.A. (WHWW), were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2020), as published in dozens of city and regional publications in the U.S. including, U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the firm’s two Lawyers of the … Read more

Litigation Costs HOW Much? Can I At Least Deduct It?

August 14, 2019
Litigation Costs HOW Much? Can I At Least Deduct It?

Business owners often question whether the business will be able to deduct its legal expenses. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cavanaugh v. Commissioner, 18-60299, 2019 WL 1430193 (5th Cir. Mar. 29, 2019) recently shed some light on this matter. The Court found that settlement payments and litigation expenses paid by a business regarding … Read more

WHWW Congratulates Our 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

July 16, 2019

WHWW is pleased to announce our 2019 Super Lawyers: Ryan Davis (Bankruptcy), Jeff Deery (General Litigation) and Brad Saxton (Bankruptcy); Rising Stars are Mike Carolan (Real Estate), Heidi Mitchell (General Litigation), Andrew Roy (Bankruptcy), Jamie Blucher (Bankruptcy) and Brandon DeGel (Business Litigation). Super Lawyers, owned by Thomson Reuters, recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in … Read more

WEBINAR: Commercial Tenant Notifications: Priorities and Pitfalls

July 2, 2019
WEBINAR: Commercial Tenant Notifications: Priorities and Pitfalls

WHWW attorneys Mya Hatchette and Ryan Davis are pleased to inform you of an upcoming live webinar. We think this program may be of particular interest and would like to personally invite you to attend. Read full description and register online here. Commercial Tenant Notifications: Priorities and Pitfalls Whether the rights and obligations of a … Read more

PACE Loans in Florida: A Lender’s Perspective

April 15, 2019
Florida’s “PACE” Program (which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy) was created in 2010 through Section 163.08, Florida Statutes, which authorized Florida local governments to finance property improvements for energy conservation and improving a property’s resistance to storm damage.

Establishing the priority of a lender’s mortgage lien during foreclosure or bankruptcy can be challenging when the collateral is also encumbered by governmental or quasi-governmental liens with unsettled lien priority. One such problematic example is the lien priority of PACE loans. Florida’s “PACE” Program (which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy) was created in 2010 … Read more

WHWW Becomes a 2019 CREW National Sponsor

March 19, 2019
WHWW Becomes a 2019 CREW National Sponsor

WHWW is pleased to announce that it is the 2019 Bronze National Sponsor of the CREW Network. Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Program Partners are cornerstone supporters of CREW Network programs and initiatives that impact the commercial real estate industry. This year, CREW Network Convention and Marketplace will be held from Sept. 25-27, 2019 at … Read more

FAREWELL TO LIBOR: Preparing for the Effects of a Disappearing Lending Benchmark

February 6, 2019

For decades LIBOR (short for London Inter-bank Offered Rate) was one of the most commonly used benchmark interest rates for financial transactions. Derived from a daily survey of about 20 large banks, it was intended to reflect the interest rate at which banks lent to one another. However, confidence in LIBOR as an accurate reflection … Read more