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Author Archives: Jay Butchko


Florida Foreclosures, Part One: History, Communications To Expect, And Pre- Foreclosure

By Suncoast Civil Law |

New data reports that Florida is experiencing a dramatic rise in foreclosures and foreclosure-related moves. According to the information available via one U.S. federal government population survey (census), Florida itself saw a 187% increase in eviction and foreclosure rates between 2021 and 2022, trailing only the state of California with its 411% increase. What… Read More »


Court Procedures That Can Delay Foreclosure Hearings

By Suncoast Civil Law |

If you believe your home or property is being subjected to wrongful foreclosure, you are going to want to engage with an experienced foreclosure litigation attorney to help process your case in court. In Florida, those fighting a residential foreclosure may want to learn about some of the strategies that might be used to… Read More »


Estate Law And The Florida Guardianship Process

By Suncoast Civil Law |

When a person loses the ability or capacity to care for themselves and make their own decisions, various Florida rules and regulations stipulate a process and procedure for that person’s family (or a professional guardian) to be appointed as a legal guardian. A legal guardian is an individual with the legal authority to make… Read More »


What Is Undue Influence In Florida Probate Law?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

The very last thing anyone wants to do immediately after experiencing the death of a loved one is to jump into court and endure a heated legal battle over your loved one’s estate. Unfortunately, it is an all-too common reality for many in Florida. This can be particularly true, and particularly heartbreaking to live… Read More »


Repaying Debts In Florida Probate

By Suncoast Civil Law |

You might be hard pressed to find someone who says that when they think about their future inheritance, what they’re looking forward to is settling all of the unpaid bills or accumulated debts in the estate. However, just as an estate may leave behind certain assets, it may also pass down unpaid bills or… Read More »


What Should You Do Before Withholding Rent Due To A Code Violation?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Rent nowadays is not cheap. Many people work long hours every day in order to make ends meet. One thing that all of this work is supposed to guarantee, in many people’s minds, is that their landlord will be responsive and sufficiently address any significant deterioration of the home. Florida statutes require landlords to… Read More »


What Happens If A Beneficiary Passes Away Before The Testator?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

When Ivana Trump, millionaire and ex-wife of former U.S. President Donald Trump, passed away in 2022, much was said about the contents of her last will and testament. Many of the bequests were in line with what was to be expected – money and assets divided amongst her children, friends, and various charitable organizations…. Read More »


Florida Arrests Highlight Importance Of Consumer Awareness

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Consumer fraud, and businesses taking actions that violate consumer protections, is an all-too-common occurrence in every part of the country. Though the U.S. has many protections in place to guard against abuse to consumers, it is always in your best interest to do your homework and look into any business or professional that you… Read More »


Do I Have To Pay The Mortgage On A Home Inherited In Probate?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

The circumstances surrounding probate are usually somber. If you are a beneficiary of an estate you were likely close to the person who passed away, and you potentially have to deal with several end-of-life matters, not to mention the emotional toll. One of the only positive things for a beneficiary who becomes involved in… Read More »


Basics Everyone Should Know Regarding Inheritances And Estate Law

By Suncoast Civil Law |

The first thing that comes to mind when many people think of estate planning is a last will and testament. A” will” is, certainly, a very important tool utilized by many in order to manage their estates. However, the will is really just the tip of the iceberg. There are many estate planning tools… Read More »