South Florida Homeowners Prepare For Monster Storm

Thu Oct 6, 2016 by on Florida Law News

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12 Million people in Florida brace for Hurricane Matthew. [untouched photo credit: Stu Ostro]

Governor Rick Scott speaks this morning telling everyone in the evacuation area to evacuate immediately. Concerned about storm surge and hurricane force winds at 125mph Scott says, “No one should take any chances.”

With Hurricane Mathew (Track Hurricane Matthew Here) having the potential to become a historical category 4 hurricane, everyone at Oppenheim Law and Weston Title wish and pray for your health and safety.  But as we all know, prayer alone is not enough.

You need to heed official warnings while at the same time remaining calm. Also it is advised to stay indoors and take shelter as battering waves, coastal flooding, beach erosion and tornadoes may occur should the hurricane make landfall.

Most injuries and deaths occur usually within 24 hours after a storm with people carelessly climbing roofs and trees, and not realizing the danger of potential electrocution from downed power lines.

After the Storm

Once the storm passes, we will be available to assist with all kinds of post hurricane legal issues.  Many property issues stem from insurance related matters such as determining liability due to injury or property damage.

Personal Property and Homeowners Insurance

Further, you may be under contract to buy or sell a residential or commercial property when the storm hits, requiring us to determine the rights and obligations of the parties under such circumstances.

Alternatively, with approximately 43% of South Florida renting, issues concerning property damage during a hurricane usually occur and seem confusing. Unless the tenant has renter’s insurance, personal belongings may not be covered if in fact there is a loss during the hurricane.

Other legal issues and insurance issues arise during such severe weather such as employer duties and obligations to employees before during and after a storm.

Regardless of your situation we will be here to get you through the hurricane.

But for now let’s stay vigilant, prepare as though this is not a fire drill and pray it is just that.

Godspeed to all of you.

Roy Oppenheim,
From the Trenches

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