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Attorney Román Ortega-Cowan appointed to the Board of Directors of Literacy Services of Indian River County
Tue, Dec 17, 2019| | Press Releases

Attorney Román Ortega-Cowan appointed to the Board of Directors of Literacy Services of Indian River County

Rossway Swan is pleased to announce that Attorney Román Ortega-Cowan has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Literacy Services of Indian River County. Mr. Ortega-Cowan has passion for serving the residents of Vero Beach, Florida and Literacy Services of Indian River County provides an opportunity to empower adults with literacy and language skills to help them and their families succeed. The mission of Literacy Services is to enable and empower local adults to become successful members of the community by improving their literacy skills. Mr. Ortega-Cowan focuses his legal practice on representing clients in probate and trust litigation and construction law throughout the state of Florida. Click here to learn more about Attorney Román Ortega-Cowan.

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Why should I hire a real estate attorney instead of just a title company?
Thu, Dec 5, 2019| | Articles

Why should I hire a real estate attorney instead of just a title company?

Florida, unlike some other states, does not require a lawyer during a real estate transaction. Buyers and sellers have the choice of using an attorney or a title company to handle the closing on their real estate transaction. This often causes the parties to wonder why they should hire an attorney instead of using just a title company to close their transaction. Here are four advantages of using a Florida real estate attorney for real property transactions: 1. A real estate attorney works for you while title companies work for the title insurer.  An attorney represents the client’s interest throughout the closing process. This includes representing the client in contract negotiations, clearing title, obtaining financing, and the closing process.  The attorney looks out for their clients’ best interest and advocate for their client. A title company role is limited to preparing the basic closing documents required by the title insurer to complete the transaction and issue the title insurance policy. In addition, an attorney is bound by the ethical standards of the Florida Bar. Remember, a title company is limiting the risk to their insurer while an attorney is working for you. 2. Title agents cannot provide legal advice. When issues arise during a closing, the buyer or sellers cannot seek advice from the title company. Such issues can range from how a party should take title to the property to boundary disputes. A title agent cannot provide legal advice. Attorneys can work through the issues to get the transaction […]

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Reminder: 11th Annual Soup Bowl
Thu, Dec 5, 2019| | Events

Reminder: 11th Annual Soup Bowl

Don’t forget to join the attorneys and staff of Rossway Swan at our Vero office for our 11th Annual Soup Bowl on December 6th from 11:30 to 2:00. The proceeds benefit the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families. See the above menu for our extensive selection of soups. We hope to see you there!

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Do I need an attorney?
Tue, Dec 3, 2019| | Articles

Do I need an attorney?

There comes a time in most people’s lives when they will need or want to seek legal advice or services. One of the first questions a person may ask themselves is whether they need a lawyer for their particular case whether it be a dispute, real estate or business transaction, or estate planning. Can a paralegal help me with my legal problem? I recently saw an advertisement in the paper from someone who called himself a paralegal, which said he could help me with my legal problem for a lot less than a lawyer. Can this person really help? No, a nonlawyer cannot help you with your legal problem. Legally, only a licensed member of The Florida Bar can help you with your legal problem and give you legal advice. A lawyer’s job is to make the law work for everyone. Consumers often use the services of lawyers to help them draw up wills, handle real estate transactions, and deal with other important legal needs. If a nonlawyer attempts to help you with your legal problem, that person may be prosecuted for the unlicensed practice of law (UPL), and your case may be affected. Do paralegals have training or do they work with a lawyer? But this person is a paralegal. Doesn’t that mean they have training or that they work with a lawyer? No. In fact, so many people were being misled about the titles “paralegal” and “legal assistant” that the Supreme Court of Florida approved a rule saying that […]

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11th Annual Soup Bowl
Fri, Nov 22, 2019| | Events

11th Annual Soup Bowl

Please join the attorneys and staff of Rossway Swan in celebrating the firm’s 11th Annual Soup Bowl. The Soup Bowl benefits the Samaritan Center for Homeless Families. The firm will have a variety of soups and desserts including baked potato soup, chili, butternut squash soup, gumbo, broccoli cheddar soup, clam chowder, french onion and many more. The Soup Bowl will take place in the firm’s Vero Office on December 6, 2019 from 11:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

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Partner John M. Stewart named as one of Florida’s most influential leaders
Tue, Oct 8, 2019| | Press Releases

Partner John M. Stewart named as one of Florida’s most influential leaders

Rossway Swan is proud to announce that Attorney John M. Stewart was recently named as one of Florida’s most influential leaders. Mr. Stewart was recognized for his work as the current President of the Florida Bar in addition to his extensive efforts on various Florida Bar committees, which includes serving on the executive committee of the alternative dispute resolution section.

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