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Burt Reynolds was sued for foreclosure on his Florida home

Film fans around the world recently mourned the loss of one of Hollywood's greatest stars, Burt Reynolds. News of his passing was followed by stories about his life, including his childhood and continued strong ties to Florida. Some of Reynolds' fans may be surprised to learn that at one point, he was sued for foreclosure on a $700,000 home he had purchased with his wife at the time, actress Loni Anderson. 

The lawsuit against Reynolds and Anderson was filed in 2012. Merrill Lynch Credit Corp. claimed it had not received a mortgage payment from the co-defendants since 2010. At that time, the famous former couple had already been divorced for approximately 16 years.

West Coast Indian tribe wins victory in real estate disputes

When Florida land buyers and real estate developers sign agreements, it sometimes takes years for the project or projects at hand to reach completion. As long as the agreements were validly entered into, all parties involved must continue to adhere to the terms of the contract as written, unless appropriate legal steps are taken to modify the contract. On the West Coast, an arbitration panel recently ruled on real estate disputes between a developer and an Indian tribe. 

The situation ended in the tribe's favor, which means the developer would not get the $43 million he was seeking in his legal claim. The two parties signed an agreement in 2003, stating that the real estate developer would help the tribe purchase land in order to build a casino. The deal provided that once the casino was up and running, the developer would receive 4 percent of all revenue; that amount was later lowered to 2.5 percent.

US immigration law officers say man lied about identity

Some people know what it's like to face legal problems associated with their identities. In fact, more than a few people in Florida have been wrongly accused of crimes because of mistaken identity. A man in another state was recently arrested on a warrant and then detained by Immigration Customs and Enforcement for violating U.S. immigration law.

The man was arrested for supposedly driving without a valid license and for other traffic violations. Police say there was a warrant and that when the man was booked, he offered a false ID. Authorities claim that the documents he provided included another name and an incorrect age. At some point, Immigration Customs and Enforcement got wind of the situation and took the man into custody.

Deceased pastor's wife involved in real estate disputes

A rather contentious situation has arisen in another state that involves a widow and the church for which her now deceased husband had served as pastor. A central focus of the real estate disputes is a five-bedroom house. The pastor used to own the house but sold it to the church. Florida residents facing similar real estate problems may want to follow this case.

In this case, the pastor continued to live in the home for at least 13 years after he retired. He was 75 when he passed away. Church representatives say the former pastor left instructions to remove his current wife from the home within 90 days of his passing. That explains why the widow received an eviction notice within 10 days of her husband's death.

US immigration law officials say man is wanted for homicide

Any woman in Florida who has ever given birth understands how stressful the process can be. If extenuating circumstances arise to add to the inherent stress of childbirth, an otherwise joyful and exciting event can become a frightening experience. That's what happened to a woman in another state when she was left to drive herself to the hospital in labor after U.S. immigration law officials took her husband away.

The woman said her husband had been behind the wheel of their car a few moments earlier. They stopped at a gas station, and their vehicle was suddenly flanked by several other cars. Surveillance cameras from the gas station show the woman's husband being handcuffed and led away. She had to drive herself the rest of the way to the hospital, where she gave birth to the couple's fifth child, all of whom have been born in the United States.

No need to navigate path to citizenship alone

Perhaps you are one of many Florida immigrants whose lives in recent years have included various challenges in adapting to a new language, new customs and new laws. Your ultimate goal may be citizenship, and you have likely been working hard to study U.S. history and other significant topics to prepare for the test you will take. Any number of issues can arise to cause delays in the process set in place to help you become a citizen.

For instance, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officials may claim that you filed a particular application incorrectly. Officials might also request evidence regarding a missing document. Such situations can be highly stressful and, if not resolved, can impede your ability to accomplish your citizenship goals.

Popular Florida restaurant facing foreclosure

Wells Fargo has reportedly called in a loan against a Florida fish house owner. This business owner is definitely not the first one in this state or elsewhere to face a serious financial crisis. In fact, many company owners are able to halt the foreclosure process by seeking debt relief, such as filing for bankruptcy.

In this case, the woman who owns the restaurant purchased it in 2008. She and her husband put up their own house as collateral on the loan. The couple has since divorced, however. Wells Fargo said she borrowed $220,000 to start, then another $100,000 in an equity line of credit shortly thereafter.

Were US immigration law officials negligent re medical care?

A woman in another state says her 5-year-old daughter almost died while they were being held in an immigration detention center. She claims U.S. immigration law officials were aware that her daughter needed medical attention but did nothing to help except give her some type of liquid medication. Sadly, this does not appear to be an isolated incident, as many other parents, including some in Florida, say they or their children have suffered similar circumstances.

This particular woman has three children and had made her way with them to the United States on a bus that traveled for several weeks. When her daughter first complained of not feeling well, the mother thought it was perhaps due to food they had been given at the detention center. She says she soon realized something much more serious was going on.

Foreclosure: Ways to stop it in its tracks

What if a Florida homeowner runs into some hard financial times and can't gather funds to make a mortgage payment? Would his or her home undergo foreclosure? It is not likely to happen for one missed mortgage payment and, perhaps, not even two. However, if a financial crisis arises and lenders are threatening to take ownership of a home, it is critical to know how to stall or prevent the process altogether.

Foreclosure typically does not activate until one has missed 90 consecutive days of payment. The entire process can take up to a year. In the meantime, there may be several options available to get out of debt and save a home.

US immigration law and policies: Many not happy regarding changes

Florida headlines and news throughout the nation this past week has addressed an issue that may affect the lives of many immigrants in this state and beyond. Under the prior presidential administration, spouses of H-1B visa holders (an employment-based program) were also able to secure jobs in the United States. The current administration is considering revocation of this policy, which one woman says may cause her family to have to move to another country.

As is often the case with immigration issues, the situation has incited debate throughout the nation. Immigrant advocates say that removing the H-4 visa employment option could cause complications for many immigrant families who need dual incomes to make ends meet in the United States. The woman who recently told reporters that changes in the policy could cause her and husband to have to leave the United States said it was only after she was allowed to obtain employment that she and her spouse were able to pay their bills.

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