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January 2016 Archives

What are the benefits of having an interpreter?

For many immigrants in Miami, the language barrier is a significant hurdle to employment, education, health care and legal services. If you don’t speak English fluently, it can also make it difficult to fit in with the community and to take the steps to obtain citizenship. As discussed in a recent blog post, there is an English portion to the naturalization test.

Problems that buyers may face with a foreclosed home

It has been several years since The Money Pit was in theaters, but prospective homebuyers may cringe at the idea of experiencing the nightmares faced by the couple in the movie. When it comes to issues regarding a home’s structure and safety, this is no laughing matter. Despite the economy improving, there are still many vacant homes in Miami and throughout Florida, which have gone through a foreclosure.

Naturalization for older legal residents

At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we understand that it can be as challenging as it is rewarding to take the naturalization test to become an American citizen. If you are a legal immigrant in Miami who has lived in the country for many years, your challenges may be different from those of younger residents.

What does adverse possession mean for Florida property owners?

For some Miami residents, the idea of moving into an abandoned property and being able to legally claim it as their own is appealing. However, is it legal? Depending on the circumstances surrounding someone’s possession of an empty residence, law enforcement may be unable to do anything about removing them from the property. If you are an out-of-state owner of an empty home or residential complex, it could be a challenge to evict unwanted squatters from the place.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of co-op ownership?

Many of the community-living options available in Florida are attractive for those who are retiring or those who love an exotic location. Whether you are buying a new home to enjoy your golden years or to spend as much time as possible on Miami’s golden beaches, a cooperative is an option you may be considering. However, you may also be wondering why you would pick a co-op over a condo or single-family home. Here, we’ll discuss some of the benefits and disadvantages of owning a co-op.

How do predatory lenders take advantage of people?

With the economy improving in Florida and elsewhere, you are likely to have more borrowing options than in years past. This may be true even if you have gone through a bankruptcy or foreclosure. Given enough time and some good financial habits, you should be able to recover from a foreclosure or bankruptcy sooner than you might think.

Changing your status after studying in the U.S.

Recently, we discussed coming to the United States not as an immigrant, but for the purpose of studying or gaining a trade skill. As pointed out in a previous blog post, obtaining a student visa does not give you status to live in the country temporarily or permanently after you have completed your education. However, at the law firm of Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we understand that you might have reasons to stay in Florida after receiving your degree.

Habitation and eviction rights - part 2

Last week at the law blog of Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we talked about the rights that landlords have to protect their interests and investments where tenants are involved. However, we understand that renters in Miami also have rights, which we will discuss in this post.

What is a student visa and why might I want to study in the U.S.?

Once you have reached the age where you can decide on your future career opportunities and educational options, you will most likely also be considering where to get your education. Do you want to attend a university in your home country, or might studying abroad be more appealing and worthwhile? If you decide to continue your education at one of Florida’s reputable universities, you will need to take the steps necessary to allow you to legally study in the United States.

U.S. companies forced to deal with decreased L-1B visa approvals

Bringing skilled foreign workers into the United States may help to strengthen companies and improve the job market in the long run. Employers in Miami and elsewhere who need the knowledge and skills of people overseas may apply for the L-1B visa, also known as a visa for specialized workers.

Habitation and eviction rights – part 1

At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we know that it is not unusual to have disputes between landlords and tenants in Miami. Often these arguments can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction; however, there are some cases in which a landlord has no choice but to remove a resident from the premises. In this post, we’ll discuss common eviction reasons, as well as the rights Florida residential property owners have in this regard.

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