By J. William Carpenter | January 12, 2016 — 2:33 PM EST
Since its first real estate boom in 1925, Miami has maintained its place among Florida’s most exciting and most complex real estate markets. Whether you are an investor, a small business owner, a homebuyer, a landlord or a tenant in Miami, access to a good real estate lawyer is critical to protecting your rights in a real estate transaction or in the face of a legal challenge.
Real estate lawyers are experts in legal matters related to the ownership and use of real property, a legal category referring to land and the buildings attached to it. Real estate lawyers may specialize in one or more subcategories of the law, so it is important to spend time searching for a lawyer who has the expertise and experience to handle your particular legal issue. Each of the lawyers listed has a long record of competent performance in the Miami area. However, while a record of relevant experience is important to identifying a potential lawyer, it is also critical to carry out additional research by speaking with several of your most-favored candidates in person or by telephone.
Walton, Jones and Browne
The law office of Walton, Jones and Browne handles virtually all aspects of real estate law for commercial and residential real estate developers. The office specializes in all aspects of real estate transactions involving apartment buildings, condominium developments, single-family residential developments and commercial buildings. It represents clients in boundary disputes, title clearing actions, foreclosures and numerous other property issues. It also provides specialized services for homeowners associations and condominium associations. Kenneth Walton has 15 years of experience handling real estate transactions and real estate litigation. Carla Jones has focused on real estate law for most of her 17-year career. Trudy Diane Browne has specialized in real estate and condominium law for nine years. The office is located in the Silver Bluff Estates area west of downtown Miami real estate lawyer.
Jaramillo & Blaya
Sebastian Jaramillo and Martin Blaya specialize in real estate law and civil litigation. They handle a wide range of real estate-related issues, including residential and commercial sales transactions, landlord-tenant disputes and title services. They also represent clients in property litigation, contract disputes and foreclosure proceedings. Jaramillo has eight years of experience practicing real estate law in Miami, with additional expertise and experience in tax law. Blaya has seven years of experience in Miami focusing on civil litigation and bankruptcy and foreclosure defense. The Jaramillo & Blaya offices are located in downtown Miami.
William C. Sussman
William C. Sussman has been practicing real estate and commercial law in downtown Miami and throughout South Florida for 42 years. Sussman has special expertise in mediation and negotiation, which he offers in relation to real estate contract disputes, foreclosures, loan modifications and all kinds of commercial disputes. He also has vast experience handling commercial real estate transactions, landlord-tenant disputes, boundary disputes and many other related property issues.
Jacqueline A. Salcines
Jacqueline A. Salcines has been practicing real estate and business law in the Miami area for 16 years. She provides a variety of legal services for real estate agents, investors and homeowners, including a full slate of closing services for residential and commercial real estate transactions. Salcines also has special expertise in loan modifications under several national programs designed for families facing foreclosure. Outside of real estate, Salcines offers services in the areas of bankruptcies and debt settlement, estate planning, business formation and family law. Her office is located in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables.
Jordan and Pascal
Alejandro E. Jordan and Daniel T. Pascale specialize in business and real estate law. In the real estate area, they offer services primarily to businesses and commercial property owners, developers, property management companies, condominium and homeowners associations, and landlords. They handle sales transactions and contract and lease negotiations. They also represent clients in relation to zoning and land use laws in property disputes and landlord-tenant disputes. Jordan has 10 years of experience in real estate law, with special expertise in real estate transactions. He is also an active commercial real estate agent. Pascale has 11 years of experience in real estate law and commercial litigation. The Jordan and Pascal offices are located in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables.
A memorial service will be held this week for lawyer and real estate developer Frank Medjuck, who helped shape the city’s skyline with his landmark projects. The 71-year-old died in Halifax on March 14 after a battle with cancer and was buried in Israel.
“My father was a good person in every sense of the word. A good friend, he was respectful, charitable and funny,” his daughter Bena Medjuck-Bruckner wrote for a eulogy delivered at the funeral in Israel. “He was always going to be the person who helped someone privately, or who gave generously of his money and his personal time to help raise someone’s spirits or to help pay for a community event.”
Medjuck was born in Halifax and earned his law degree from Dalhousie University. He had a master’s degree in town planning from University College London. After moving back to Halifax, Medjuck began working with his brother Ralph Medjuck at the Centennial Group Limited.
Helped build Halifax landmarks
For more than 40 years the two worked together on real estate developments that included the Toronto-Dominion Bank building on Barrington Street, apartment buildings such as Park Victoria and LeMarchant Towers, and hotels including the Citadel Inn, the Lord Nelson Hotel, the Prince George Hotel and the Cambridge Suites Hotel.
He was also very active in the Jewish community and edited two books about Nova Scotia’s Jewish history.”He was a significant personality in the city of Halifax,” said Mayor Mike Savage. “He certainly did a lot for the community, he was involved in a lot of things from his faith point of view but also his community point of view … he’s going to be missed.”
Connected to his faith
Medjuck-Bruckner says her father had a passion for life and finding new challenges. At the age of 60, he decided to rappel down an office building in Halifax and volunteer in the Israeli army.
In his 60s, he even completed two cycling marathons, travelling 350 kilometres in charity races between Jerusalem and Eilat. The connection to Israel remained strong throughout his life, his daughter said in her eulogy.
Medjuck-Bruckner says her father once went on a secret mission to the Soviet Union to seek out and meet with Jewish families who were trying to get to Israel from Moscow, Odessa and St. Petersburg. “He was aspirational about his religiosity, his Zionism, about keeping family connections strong, and about nurturing a strong future forYiddishkeit in general,” she said. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax.