Judges and juries strive for fair rulings and results consistent with applicable law. However, errors occur, unjust laws may require challenging and decisions may result in inconsistent rulings, necessitating appellate action. Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP assists clients and other attorneys with appeals at all levels. This includes reviewing cases to determine appealable issues, preparation of all briefs, and arguing the clients' position before the appellate courts. Please note, the appellate process involves rigid deadlines to which all parties must adhere. If you believe an appeal is necessary, contact the Firm immediately to have your case reviewed.
Whether starting a new business, making changes to an existing business, or navigating legal formalities in daily business operations, Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP provides legal counsel to small business clients to steer the best course. When starting-up a new business, the Firm assists clients choose the right business entity and structure, produces formation documents, including shareholder agreements, operating agreements and partnership agreements, and files forms with the federal, state and local governments needed to operate. The Firm also advises existing businesses on organization, restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. To facilitate clients' effective and efficient daily operations, the Firm prepares and negotiates employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements, and documents needed to protect intellectual property.
Commercial & Civil Litigation
Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP is a South Florida law firm dedicated to protecting its clients' personal and business interests. The Firm takes a results-oriented approach, while providing cost-effective legal representation, to secure a positive resolution for each and every client. Where possible, the Firm employs dynamic and innovative strategies to efficiently resolve cases without prolonged litigation. However, if a resolution cannot be reached, the Firm utilizes all tools available to aggressively pursue its clients' interests. The Firm handles a variety of disputes between individuals and businesses, including, among others, related to business agreements, purchase and sale contracts, license agreements, leases, franchise agreements, labor and employment disputes, non-competition and non-solicitation agreement disputes, construction issues, lien disputes, debt collection and fraud. The Firm prides itself on learning and understanding your business to provide top notch legal representation and effectively pursue your goals. Contact us immediately to discuss your case.
Commercial and Residential Leasing / Landlord-Tenant
Entering into a residential lease or commercial lease involves complex decisions that affect your home or your business. Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP represents landlords and tenants, including individuals, small and large businesses, and developers, in residential and commercial transactions. To protect its clients' interests and rights, the Firm prepares and negotiates residential leases, lease-to-own agreements, and commercial leases, including securing the best rate and terms.
Contact us immediately to discuss retaining the Firm as your real estate attorney.
Landlord-Tenant Disputes (Lease Disputes)
Parties enter into a lease agreement to govern the terms of their relationship. Sometimes a landlord or tenant fails to live up to their obligations and a dispute between the parties arises. Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP represents residential and commercial landlords in actions against tenants for eviction and breach of lease agreements to recover unpaid rent and other damages. The Firm also represents residential and commercial tenants in lawsuits against landlords for their failure to fulfill their obligations under the lease and to recover security deposits. Wherever possible, the Firm strives to negotiate a swift and fair resolution to landlord-tenant disputes, but litigates when necessary.
Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP provides skilled trial advocacy when wise or necessary, but also successfully negotiates favorable out of court resolutions, working to avoid formal charges, or obtain a dismissal or downgrading of charges. When necessary, the Firm aggressively seeks to mitigate penalties at the sentencing phase of a trial. The Firm handles all degrees of felony charges and misdemeanors, including, among others, white collar crimes, RICO Act charges, violent crimes and major felonies (murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, sex offenses and other crimes punishable by lengthy prison sentences), D.U.I., drug possession, theft, and domestic violence.
Family Law (Divorce, Paternity, Modification, Relocation and Domestic Violence)
Facing divorce and other family law matters are difficult for you and your family, which you should not go through alone. Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP recognizes the difficult road you have ahead and provides compassionate, aggressive and cost-effective representation. We have a policy to regularly discuss with each client their rights, responsibilities and goals to assure the best outcome of a bad situation. In addition to representing individuals in uncontested divorces, collaborative divorces and contested divorces, the Firm handles matters regarding paternity, child support, child custody, relocation, alimony, modifications, enforcement and domestic violence. Retaining a family law attorney is an important decision. Our family law practice combines advocacy skills needed to fight for your needs with financial strategies to protect your assets from waste and compassion for your family's needs during the difficult time. Contact us immediately to discuss your case and how we can help you.
Florida Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts) and Probate
Planning for the future and the unexpected often requires difficult decisions. Taking into account each of your circumstance and goals, Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP will help you create an estate plan that fits your needs. To ensure your wishes are met and control the disposition of your property, the Firm will help you prepare a simple will, codicil, durable power of attorney, designation of health care surrogate and living wills. For clients requiring greater asset management, the Firm assists clients to create an appropriate trust to suit their individual circumstance, including living trusts, personal residence trusts, NFA gun trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, and education and family related trusts. The Firm also assists the families of deceased persons, personal representatives and trustees administer estates, probate wills and litigation issues that may arise regarding the disposition of assets.
Homeowner Association and Condominium Association Law
Living within a homeowner association or condominium association is common place across Florida. Strict laws and governing documents determine owner's rights and association's duties and responsibilities. Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP represents associations with regard to creating, amending and enforcing their governing documents to operate effectively and carry out their members' intent. This includes the collection of delinquent assessments to assure the association's operating at its maximum potential. The Firm also represents individual owners in asserting their property rights and disputes with their association, making certain associations do not infringe upon owners' enjoyment of their home. Understanding our individual and association clients' needs, we work to maximize clients' objectives within their respective budgets.
Personal Injury Law
If you are injured due to the negligence of another, do not wait to contact Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP, your personal injury attorney. The Firm handles accident, auto accident, slip and fall, dog bite, wrongful death, significant injury, negligent security and other negligence claims. Generally, the Firm represents injury victims on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fee unless we recover money for you. Call us for an immediate consultation and to evaluate your case. Then allow us to fight for compensation while you focus on your recovery.
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Purchase Transactions
Selling or buying house, townhouse, condominium or commercial property involves a complex process and large personal investment. Haber, Stief & Blank, LLP handles residential and commercial real estate transactions, including representing sellers and buyers. The Firm negotiates purchase and sale contracts to assure your intent is reflected, reviews financial documents to protect your well-being, and examines title searches to assure the proper transfer of title. The Firm also assists sellers and buyers close on real estate transactions, including preparing all necessary closing documents and issuing title insurance. In commercial property transactions, the Firm guides its clients through more complex property development issues, negotiating each aspect of the transaction and handling all dealings with government entities. Whether you are looking to purchase a new home, investment property, office or shopping center, you should hire a real estate lawyer dedicated to providing quality and cost effective representation.