We are general practitioners, with over 40 years
of experience in a variety of practice areas.

Practice Areas

Real Estate Transactions

The firm has been involved in over 20,000 real estate transactions, ranging from small condominiums to acquisitions of commercial properties. Straus & Associates P.A. represents:

  • Purchasers and sellers of residential and commercial properties
  • REO (Real Estate Owned) lending institutions
  • Property owners requiring loan modifications and short sales
  • Builders of single family homes, townhomes and condominiums
  • Developers of residential communities
  • Commercial builders developing shopping centers, office buildings
  • Foreign nationals acquiring or selling assets in the United States
  • Residential landlords and tenants
  • Commercial landlords and tenants
  • Individuals who need powers of attorney
  • Real Estate brokers to protect their commissions
Real Estate Litigation

The firm manages a statewide foreclosure practice. We handle the cases from filing of the Complaint through obtaining Writs of Possession, in all Florida counties. We are adept at moving the case promptly, while complying with all of the new local, state, and federal regulations. Additionally, Straus & Associates P.A. represents:

  • Corporations and individuals in residential/commercial foreclosures
  • Lenders obtaining relief from stays in bankruptcy courts
  • Condominium associations in foreclosures actions
  • Individuals in suits by homeowner associations
  • Property owners in partitions and quiet title actions
  • Landlords and tenants regarding breaches of lease
  • Developers and purchasers in new construction actions
  • Title companies and title underwriters regarding title claims
  • Individual defendants in certain litigation matters
General Litigation

The firm represents in court almost every day, usually in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties, or we are on the telephone with Judges throughout the State, representing our clients. We understand the different requirements of each Judicial Circuit, and we have become well-known by the Judges for our straightforward approach. Some of our current and recent cases have involved:

  • Breach of contract
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Collection of debts
  • Commercial matters
Estate Planning

Recent statistics show that half of American adults do not have a Will. Many more do not have Advance Directive documents, such as a Power of Attorney or Designation of a Health Care Surrogate. The firm believes that every family should meet with an attorney to discuss their estate plan, including such issues as the appointment of Guardians for the children, the advisability of creating a trust, and the current laws on estate tax. Before you come in, we ask you to complete an Estate Planning Questionnaire, which gives us a comprehensive overview of your family needs, your assets, and your liabilities. Straus & Associates P.A. would like to meet with you to discuss:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Joint Tenancies, life estates, tenants in common
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Designation of Health Care Surrogate
  • Living Wills
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Estate Taxes
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts
Probate and Trust Administration

When a loved one passes away, the survivors are faced with a myriad of responsibilities, from planning the funeral, to paying the creditors, through distributing the assets to the beneficiaries. The firm handles probate and trust administration throughout Florida, primarily in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach. These matters are governed by Florida Statutes which determine the type of administration necessary, usually by the size of the estate. Straus & Associates P.A. is currently working on the follow estate matters:

  • Formal administration
  • Summary administration
  • Representation of personal representatives and beneficiaries
  • Trust administration
  • Representation of creditors against estate
Business Planning

We understand the business of our clients. In 40 years, we have learned about restaurants, equipment manufacturers, paper companies, gas stations, real estate developers, and hundreds of other types of businesses. Straus & Associates P.A. can assist you in:

  • Forming C-Corporations, LLCs, Subchapter-S Corporations, Limited Partnerships
  • Representing purchasers of business assets
  • Representing sellers of family-owned businesses
  • Preparation of shareholder agreements
  • Preparation of operating agreements
  • Buy-sell agreements