It’s a common misconception that only “rich people” who are involved in high-value real estate transactions need to hire an experienced real estate attorney as buyers’ counsel. After all, there are hundreds of websites online telling you how easy and foolproof it is to do everything yourself, right? In truth, there are a lot of small details that can turn into huge problems as you move forward if you’re not aware of them, or you don’t fully understand what they will mean to your transaction, going forward. Purchasing real estate of any kind, and at any value, is a significant investment, and it’s a wise move to give yourself the best protection possible against avoidable problems.

Get The Answers You Need To Protect Your Own Interests

In any real estate transaction, the lender will have their own attorney, and the seller may, too. The title company/closing attorney is a neutral party, and they’re not allowed to advise either buyer or seller. Hiring buyers’ counsel means that you have a legal advocate to answer your questions about your own interests in the transaction, point out potential issues, and to help you negotiate terms that work for you.

Experienced Help With The Reams Of Paperwork

Real estate transactions involve a daunting amount of paperwork and a dizzying amount of information. Even if you’re an experienced buyer, it’s always a good idea to get a second set of eyes on the details. If you’re a new or less-experienced buyer, you’re going to have questions about the paperwork outlining your rights and responsibilities, and the details of the property you’re buying. For many people, buying real estate is the most substantial investment they’ll ever make, and ensuring that investment is a sound one means going in with a full understanding of everything they’re agreeing to.

Avoid Surprises Like Encumbrances Or Use Restrictions

While the title company will research the property title for liens and encumbrances like easements, they will ultimately issue a title insurance policy that lists those liens or easements as exceptions: Items which will not be covered by your title insurance policy. Your buyers’ counsel will review the title search, and advise you of anything that might affect your financial investment, your planned use of the property, or your enjoyment of that property. In many cases, buyers’ counsel can help you resolve or object to any title issues they find, requiring the Seller to resolve the problems before closing, so you can take ownership with full confidence that you’re not going to get hit with an unwelcome surprise after the deal is done. 

Reassurance on Closing Day

Whether you’re financing your purchase or paying cash, you will have documents to sign on closing day. Your buyers’ counsel will review the closing documents, such as the Deed and Closing Settlement Statement, to confirm all of the information is correct before you get to the closing table. Not only will they ensure the documents are correct, your buyers’ counsel will ensure the closing fees are accurate and discuss vesting options for holding title to the property.

Buyers’ Counsel On Your Side In Kissimmee

If you’re buying property in Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Celebration or the surrounding area, the experienced real estate attorneys at Overstreet Law, P.A. can help you manage the details of your purchase and protect you from pitfalls. Give us a call or contact us online for a consultation, and learn more about how hiring buyers’ counsel protects your investment and your peace of mind.

La visa L-1 hace posible que las compañías internacionales trasladen a empleados clave como gerentes, ejecutivos y profesionales con conocimientos especializados a oficinas o instalaciones en los EE.UU. Hay dos tipos de visas L-1 disponibles según el alcance y los requisitos del trabajo del empleado Los criterios para cada tipo son

exigentes y algo complicados. Hacer una solicitud exitosa para una visa L-1 depende en gran medida de una demostración sólida de que el trabajo en cuestión requiere un ejecutivo, gerente o empleado con conocimientos especializados y, además, que el empleado extranjero que su empresa está buscando transferir tiene las calificaciones requeridas para servir en el puesto.

L-1A visas para gerentes yejecutivos

Bajo la ley de inmigración, un solicitante de una visa L-1A debe estar involucrado principalmente en una función de gestión en la empresa. Esto incluye supervisar y dirigir el trabajo de profesionales, supervisores u otros gerentes, y tener la autoridad para contratar, despedir, otorgar promociones, autorizar permisos de ausencia o tener el poder de recomendar tales acciones. Tener el título de gerente, especialmente con las tareas de administración de primera línea, no es suficiente para calificar; los empleados bajo supervisión deben ser profesionales, supervisores o gerentes, no empleados conocidos en inglés como “rank and file”. Las visas L-1A se otorgan en incrementos de 2 o 3 años y pueden renovarse hasta un total de 7 años.

Visas L-1B para profesionales con conocimientos especializados

La definición legal de “conocimiento especializado” para propósitos de inmigración es algo diferente de lo que comúnmente se entiende como especializado. Para solicitar una visa L-1B, un empleado extranjero debe tener conocimientos que no pueden transferirse fácilmente a otra persona sin un impacto económico significativo para el empleador. Además, debe demostrarse que el trabajo requiere este conocimiento. Una solicitud L-1B exitosa demostrará que la experiencia de un empleado va más allá de la de sus compañeros. Por ejemplo, conocimiento avanzado de sistemas propios o metodologías únicas utilizadas por la empresa. Las visas L-1B se emiten en incrementos de 2 o 3 años y pueden ser válidas por un total de 5 años.

Obtenga ayuda legal con experiencia en visas L-1

El proceso de solicitud para visas L-1 puede ser intimidante, y presentar el caso más sólido posible para una visa L-1A o L-1B requiere experiencia. Llame a los abogados de inmigración de Overstreet Law para una consulta, y le explicaremos cómo podemos ayudar a su compañía a presentar los mejores argumentos legales posibles en las solicitudes de Visa L-1 para sus empleados.

Para obtener asesoramiento, póngase en contacto con los abogados Overstreet Law, P.A. en o llame al 407.847.5151.

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Whether you are named as a Personal Representative in a Will or a beneficiary of an intestate estate, you may find yourself in the Florida probate process after the death of a loved one. Families often wonder what steps are involved in the probate process and how long it will take. There are many factors that determine how long the process. In many cases, it takes six months or longer. In some cases, where there are no disputes among the beneficiaries and no creditors, the process may move more quickly. Your Florida probate attorney can give you a timeline based on the simplicity or complexity of your loved one’s estate.

The following table gives an overview of the Florida probate administration process:

Stage Personal Representative Probate Attorney
1. Initial Conference Gather documents like the will and death certificate; statements for bank accounts and insurance policies; and other pertinent information like outstanding bills; and names and addresses of beneficiaries.


Meet with Personal Representative; review documents and answer questions regarding probate process.

Prepare client engagement letter and schedule follow up time to sign initial filings.


2. Initial Filing Execute initial documents to be filed with the Probate Court. Wait for letters of Administration to be issued by the Court. Generally, it takes 4 to 6 weeks after filing. File initial documents with Probate Court. Send Notice of Administration to interested parties and/or obtain consents and waivers of beneficiaries.


3. Letters of Administration Once the Letters of Administration are received, open estate bank account. Contact banks and life insurance companies to issue checks to the Estate. List real estate for sale, if appropriate.


Receive Letters of Administration from Court, and distribute certified copies to the Personal Representative.


4. Inventory Provide a list of estate assets; sign inventory to be filed with the Probate Court. Notify beneficiaries who will be receiving non-probate assets, like joint accounts or insurance policies with beneficiary designation.


File Inventory of estate assets with 60 days of issuance of the Letters of Administration.

Prepare Notice to Creditors for publication.

4. Creditor Period Sign Notice to Creditors to be published in local newspaper. Provide a list of known creditors to your probate attorney. Wait for 3 month creditor period to end. Pay valid creditor claims & dispute claims that may not be valid (within 30 days). Sign Proof of Claim.


Publish notice to creditors in county where the estate is administered; creditors have 3 months after first publication to file claims against the estate. Serve known creditors with Notice and file releases for paid claims.
5. Final Accounting Prepare and sign final accounting of estate assets.



File final accounting and obtain any necessary waivers.
6. Distribute Assets Distribute assets to beneficiaries and close estate bank account. Prepare Distribution Agreement, if necessary, and obtain receipts & waivers.


7. Discharge of Estate Sign Petition for Discharge to close the estate with the Probate Court. Wait for Order of Discharge. File Petition for discharge and distribute Order of discharge to Personal Representative.


Hurry Up And Wait 

For nearly every filing or notice you’re required to send as part of the Florida probate administration process, there’s an associated waiting time (called a notice period) required, so that another involved party has time to respond. So, while you may find your deadlines weighing heavily on you, you may also find that the notice periods seem endless, and feel like the process is at a standstill. Focus on the tasks at hand (you’ll never lack for those!), and trust that your Florida probate attorney will help you stay on top of everything that needs to be done.

Experienced Florida Probate Attorneys Ease The Tension

The formal Florida probate administration process is complicated and makes most people feel overwhelmed and stressed out. The probate attorneys at Overstreet Law, P.A. are here to help families like yours through these confusing proceedings, keeping things moving as quickly as possible and communicating with you every step of the way. Call or contact us online for a confidential consultation, and we’ll work with you to develop a plan to move forward through the Florida probate process as efficiently as possible.