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Complex real estate disputes affecting coffee shop business

Florida coffee lovers are always on the lookout for local shops serving great brews. They would likely be disappointed to learn that a favorite shop was in danger of closing. That is just what is happening in another state where ongoing real estate disputes have threatened the future of a coffee shop business.

Several people own the business, which is housed in a multiple unit building. The owners of the coffee shop rent the building and say their intent from the very beginning was to eventually purchase it. When they first leased the building, it was apparently in pretty bad shape and in need of quite a few repairs.

Adjustment of status high priority for many Salvadorans

In Florida and throughout the nation, there are currently more than a quarter million immigrants from El Salvador living in the United States under temporary protected legal statuses. Most of these immigrants, among hundreds of thousands of others from other countries, fled to the U.S. following natural disasters or other emergency situations that made it unsafe to return to their countries of origin. It was recently announced that the program providing the temporary legal status may be coming to an end, and those affected are encouraged to seek an adjustment of status while there's still time.

These changes will affect nearly half a million people from at least 10 different countries. There are more Salvadorans living under protected statuses than any other ethnic immigrant group. As it stands, the immigrants have been informed that they have until late summer, 2019 to seek an adjustment of status or face possible removal.

Real estate disputes prompt Supreme Court appeal in another state

Many Florida residents have encountered problems with their neighbors that have, at times, escalated into legal battles, which, in turn, have led to litigation. Real estate disputes can be quite complex and difficult to resolve without experienced legal assistance. A man in another state may know this all too well as he wound up serving six months in jail when the court convicted him of a crime on his own property.

The situation unfolded when a disagreement developed between the man and his neighbors, who happen to be black. Although details were not provided as to the particular issues at hand in the dispute, it is known that, at some point, the man erected a display in his yard that not only grabbed the attention of the neighbors, it also led to criminal charges being filed against the man. The display in question was a dummy that featured a head covered in an execution-style mask; the dummy was hung by a noose fro a tree limb.

Are there options available to help you avoid foreclosure?

Many Florida residents have begun to implement new financial plans for 2018. Some are right on track with their pre-existing plans and simply want to keep the ball rolling. Others, however, are facing dire financial crises and have been threatened with foreclosure on their homes. It is understandable that such situations often cause stress levels to soar as worrying about losing one's home can be emotionally traumatic.

Everyday life is stressful enough without having to fight to retain ownership of one's home. Facing risk of foreclosure may be a lot more common throughout the state than you realize. It's surprising how even temporary financial challenges can snowball into an avalanche of serious money problems that make losing your home a real possibility.

Man faces U.S. immigration law trouble again

An incident occurred at a border in the United States that resulted in a man's arrest. This particular man is said to have been in trouble with U.S. immigration law officials in the past. In fact, he reportedly served more than 10 years behind bars after being convicted of assault. Many Florida immigrants understand how stressful such situations can be.

The 60-year-old man was stopped at a border in another state, which led to immigration officers running a check on the man's criminal history. Agents say that is when they learned the man had a past conviction on his record for assaulting a peace officer. Officials took him into custody and placed him in an immigration detention facility.

Citizenship might be possible for previous DACA recipients

Kirstjen Nielsen, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary said no official decisions have been made yet by the White House regarding the future legal statuses of certain immigrants in the United States. Much speculation has circulated regarding possible citizenship for those in Florida and elsewhere previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Since the current administration's announcement that it plans to do away with the program, many immigrants and immigrant advocates have been worried about possible increases in deportations throughout the nation.

Secretary Nielsen said the federal government still plans on pursuing plans to build a wall at the Mexican border. In the meantime, the executive branch is supposedly open to ideas regarding how to help immigrants who qualified for DACA protection during the prior presidential administration. Many are hoping a pathway to citizenship, or at least temporary legal residence, can be created for them.

Famous brothers each dealing with recent foreclosure issues

Most people in Florida (and anywhere for that matter) would agree that 34,000 square feet makes for quite an expansive home. In fact, one of the largest private homes in this state is apparently that size and belongs to Ronald "Slim" Williams, brother of rap star, Bryan "Birdman" Williams. The brother have each recently faced foreclosure problems on their homes.

Birdman's situation is still being hashed out. The lender is threatening to take ownership of his $14.5 million home on Palm Island. Slim's situation has apparently been resolved. He was accused by his homeowners' association of owing thousands of dollars in quarterly fees.

Facing problems regarding US immigration law?

If there's one topic that is bound to evoke debate in both political and private settings, it's immigration. Florida is no stranger to such disputes and is often the center of controversy regarding U.S. immigration law. Many residents in this state emigrated here from other countries. Some of them are currently facing very serious problems that threaten their legal statuses.

Being an immigrant doesn't necessarily mean you will run into legal trouble at some point. In fact, many people come to the United States and proceed to build successful lives and careers here without complications. Others seem to have trouble from the get-go.

Contentious real estate dispute finally resolved

In Sept. 2015, a real estate developer agreed to purchase a portion of a 147,000 complex. As sometimes happens in such situations, the deal was delayed. Reasons for the delay included the fact that the city in where the property was located did not issue the needed approvals for the deal. The real estate dispute also had a lot to do with lack of agreement for a payment plan. Those in Florida who are facing similar real estate problems would likely benefit from experienced legal representation.

The delay lasted a full two years. However, on a recent Thursday, it was announced that the transaction is finally set for completion. The company selling the property said the proposed $27.8 million deal will really help it get its finances back on track. The company previously began selling assets when the financial crisis hit in order to keep up with mortgage payments.

Could Florida residents face similar US immigration law problems?

A situation is unfolding in a state in the Northwest that has many Florida immigrants and others throughout the nation quite concerned. Most immigrants understand that U.S. immigration law is complex and continually subject to changes. Lately, however, an apparent increase in immigrant arrests has caused many families to worry.

The ongoing matter involves a 35-year-old man who was recently detained after ICE officials identified him as a person who gave an interview to reporters regarding another immigrant's deportation. The other immigrant happens to be his long-time girlfriend with whom he has several children. She was arrested in June and has since been deported to Mexico.

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