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Understanding Wills, Trusts & Probate

This brief article covers the main concepts and differences behind wills, trusts & probate. It focuses specifically on the requirements for the State of Florida and addresses what happens when no will or trust exists.

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Understanding Short Sales

A "short sale" of real estate means selling property where the earnings from the sale do not cover the total liens (or debt) against the property and the seller cannot financially cover the difference. Short sales are often done to avoid foreclosure and may have similar repercussions to a foreclosure.

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Understanding Quitclaim Deeds

In its absolute simplest form, a quitclaim deed transfers the interest in a property from a "grantor" to a "grantee" without any special warranties, guarantees or promises about the property. So, by definition, quitclaim deeds are not a safe method to receive interest in a property from an unknown or untrusted grantor because it does not ensure a clean title.

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Understanding Foreclosure Defense

Foreclosure is the legal process of a lender or lien holder recovering the balance of a loan or lien from a borrower that has defaulted on payments. In its most common form, foreclosure happens when a homeowner stops making payments on their mortgage, but it can also occur from other sources such as various types of liens or dues. For instance, if a homeowner is behind on their homeowners' association dues, then the association may legally attempt to foreclose.

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HeekinLaw.com, An Introduction

Less than a month ago, this site underwent a significant renovation. The goal was, and is, to provide a straightforward way for our current and prospective clients and partners to connect with us, and for us to be able to connect with them. In keeping with this latter goal, we are happy to announce our newest section of the site, the aptly titled "Articles".

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