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October 2016 Archives

Can my condo association ban indoor smoking?

If you own a condo or are part of a condo association, you may have a wide variety of questions. However, correctly interpreting and enforcing condominium documents is paramount. For example, if you live in Miami and are wondering whether or not your condo association can stop you from smoking indoors, or you wish to have indoor smoking banned by your association due to secondhand smoke exposure, it is vital to understand where Florida law stands.

Do I need to pay Social Security taxes if I have a work visa?

If you are employed in the U.S. as a nonresident alien on an H-1B visa or any other type of work visa, you may have a variety of questions or concerns. However, it is important to make sure that you fulfill any tax-related obligations you have. If you live in Miami-Dade, or another Florida city, you may want to review your individual situation and figure out whether or not you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes.

Florida woman kicked out of home due to foreclosure

Over the past several months, information has surfaced which reveals the significant number of foreclosures in Florida. Unfortunately, there are untold stories that are not reflected in the foreclosure rate in Miami-Dade County, and across the state. Even though there may be fewer foreclosures in the area in comparison to previous years, there are still a large number of Floridians dealing with this stressful issue who are unsure of how their future will unfold.

Taking a look at immigration statistics

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, roughly six million applications and petitions are submitted to the agency each year. Some of the applications are given the green light, while others are denied or listed as pending. In Miami-Dade, and across the state of Florida, many people file petitions with the USCIS to become a U.S. citizen, obtain a green card or gain access to employment as a nonimmigrant. Sometimes, employers submit applications on behalf of prospective workers.

Florida eviction leads to violent standoff

Eviction can be challenging for landlords and tenants alike. In Miami-Dade, and all across the state of Florida, there are a multitude of reasons why landlords no longer want tenants on the premises. However, some are unsure of whether or not they can evict tenants, while others are afraid of the possible repercussions. On the other hand, tenants who are facing eviction may be unsure of what to do next and have their entire lives turned upside down. As a result, it is vital for people who are struggling with stress related to eviction to review their rights and carefully assess the situation.

How do I adjust my status?

If you are a parolee or nonimmigrant currently living in the U.S. and want to become a green card holder, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the adjustment of status process and make sure you meet the requirements. If you successfully apply for an adjustment of status, you may not need to return to your native country to finish processing your visa and obtain permanent residency. If you live in Miami-Dade, or another Florida city, you should know which steps need to be taken in order to adjust your status.

The benefits of becoming a permanent resident

Each year, people across the country are able to finally realize their dream of obtaining a green card in the U.S. For green card holders, becoming a permanent resident offers a number of advantages. In Miami-Dade, and cities throughout Florida, it is vital for current and prospective green card holders to make sure they renew or apply for their card correctly.

Eviction and other landlord-tenant issues

Whether you are a landlord, tenant, homeowner or someone who is trying to sell property, handling real estate matters properly is essential. If you live in Miami-Dade, it is important to understand the laws in Florida, since they vary from one state to another. At the law firm of Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we know how stressful and complicated legal issues involving real estate can be, especially for landlords and tenants who are dealing with eviction.

Florida leads the nation in completed foreclosures

From losing a source of income to an unexpected medical issue, there are a myriad of reasons why homeowners find themselves unable to continue making mortgage payments. In recent years, an alarming number of people in Miami-Dade and across Florida have found themselves in the middle of foreclosure. As a result, it is essential for people who are going through this to carefully evaluate their set of circumstances. For some, a solid foreclosure defense could help prevent eviction and allow familes to continue living in their home.

Do green card holders need to pay taxes?

There are many reasons why green card holders in Florida fail to file their tax returns. For some, confusion over tax obligations or forgetfulness may lead to unpaid taxes, while others do not file returns because they were given bad advice or came down with debilitating illnesses that turned their entire lives upside down. Moreover, some people push off filing taxes after experiencing unexpected financial hardships. Regrettably, falling behind on taxes can make it even harder for them to get caught up in the future.

Florida programs provide assistance to refugees

As a refugee, moving from your home country to Florida to escape a bad situation may have eliminated one set of problems from your life. However, the nature of your situation may have made it difficult to prepare for your new life in the United States. At Cuevas and Garcia, P.A., we often advise new immigrants about the resources that are available to them because of their refugee status.

Before you buy: Is the HVAC in good condition?

Because purchasing a condominium in Miami is such a major step, you will probably want to have the property inspected carefully before signing on the dotted line. While the person you hire to perform the examination will be looking for major problems, he or she is not going to be providing you with the answers to all the important questions, though. Because the climate in Florida makes a fully functional air conditioner a necessity for comfort, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is one area where you may want to dig a little deeper than the standard report.

Zombies and liens

Whether you are a Miami landlord, you want to flip the property, or you are simply looking for a new place to live, you may be considering the benefits of a home that has gone through foreclosure. We at Cuevas and Garcia, P.A., have assisted many buyers who want to be sure they are not getting more than they bargained for when it comes to the costs associated with the property.

When an immigrant is eligible for a federal government job

Finding employment in Florida is a concern for U.S. citizens and many foreign nationals alike. Some jobs are available to anyone who goes through the correct channels to apply and has the qualifications to fulfill all the duties the job requires. explains that this may include individual immigrants who have been approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as those who belong to a specific class that has been authorized by the Department of Homeland Security.

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