During the recent historic flood event, thousands of homes across south Louisiana were inundated with floodwater. For most homeowners, the recovery process has just begun. Information on possible funding, temporary housing, or other assistance is available from FEMA and other organizations. But if you own a flood-impacted home, you face another significant and perhaps more long-term question: What can you do now to protect the value—including the resale value—of your home? The following are a few points to consider and suggestions. Disclosure of Flood–Related Issues Louisiana law requires a seller of residential property to complete and provide to the prospective purchaser a property disclosure form prescribed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission (LREC). The LREC property disclosure form includes the following questions, among many others, that must be answered by the seller:"Has any flooding, water intrusion, accumulation, or drainage problem been … [Read more...] about After the Flood—Strategies for Protecting the Value of Your Home
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It is our firm's privilege to represent a number of prominent contractors and construction industry participants. Because our team has been down in the trenches with our clients since the economic downturn started, we can certainly attest to the fact that the past three years have been difficult at best for the contracting community. Less available work (public and private), razor thin margins, stricter lending and bonding guidelines, and a variety of other factors symptomatic of an anemic economy have all played a role in creating the "survival of the fittest" atmosphere prevailing in the industry today. We counsel our clients that it's more important now than ever before to be acutely aware of their "risk portfolio" if they intend to successfully compete in today's market. As my grandfather used to ask, "Have you closed all the gates?" Central to this evaluation is a thorough assessment of your company's insurance coverage platform.Any contractor or builder that has recently been … [Read more...] about Risk Analysis Essential In Today’s Economy
There are a thousand ways to die on the Bering Sea, and it seemed like all 1,000 hurtled toward the Alaska Ranger at 2 a.m. that Easter morning.Massive waves—skyscraper-size and Bible black—smashed the Ranger. Snow squalls blasted the deck. A storm gripped the 203-foot mackerel boat 120 miles off the Alaskan coast. Waves flooded the rudder room, rushing past watertight compartment doors.“Catastrophic hull failure!” an officer shouted.The electricity cut off. Suddenly, the engine locked into reverse.As the crew scrambled into neoprene survival suits, they peered into the wheelhouse where Capt. Peter Jacobsen called maydays into the radio. The fishmaster—a mysterious officer from Japan who directed them toward fertile fishing grounds—sat in the wheelhouse smoking a cigarette, staring straight ahead. His survival suit hung unzipped off his shoulders.He expects to die, the crew realized.A U.S. Coast Guard cutter and the Ranger’s sister ship, … [Read more...] about The Cemetery Sea
SOUND LEGAL ARGUMENTS AREN'T restricted to the jurisdictions in which they were conceived. They’re free to roam beyond borders and find their way, at least implicitly, into the decisions of foreign courts and regulators. This subtle influence has fostered a robust legal harmony among Western nations, and particularly so between Canada and the United States — and yet the courts do manage to surprise lawyers with an occasional discordant note, requiring continual review.The case summaries that follow aim to make that review a little easier. For the first time, Lexpert® has assembled a “top 10” list of recent Canadian cases with important implications in the United States. Courts and tribunals in Canada have, in the past year or so, pronounced on jurisdiction (Goldhar, Excalibur), the right to a jury trial (Aitkens), franchise rights (Chavdarova), the admissibility of representative communications (Spears), and a host of other matters that merit the serious … [Read more...] about Top 10 Decisions with Cross-Border Impact
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In The actress-turned-candidate for governor is trying to convince skeptical New York Democrats to see beyond her political inexperience, like some did with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Cynthia Nixon is challenging Andrew M. Cuomo in the Democratic primary for New York governor this fall. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times Supported by ByMatt Flegenheimer July 29, 2018 Even then, no one was quite sure what to make of Cynthia Nixon. It was 2009, nearly a decade before her campaign for governor of New York, and Ms. Nixon was in Albany lobbying lawmakers on a marriage equality bill. One Republican senator began their meeting clutching a printout that suggested Ms. Nixon had been hypocritical. “Married people are the enemy,” the senator read, citing a quote attributed to her on the internet. Ms. Nixon cut him off. She had indeed said that. As Miranda Hobbes, … [Read more...] about Cynthia Nixon Thinks You’re Underestimating Her. She Thinks You’re Wrong.