Monthly Archives: December 2010

Auto Accident Tips for the New Year 2011

Before the weekend arrives and things get hectic out on the road for the New Year watch this video and in under a minute Mike from Blick Law firm will inform you on precautions to take and what to do if you find yourself in an auto accident. Be safe and start the new year off right with knowing what to do! Got a bike , call Mike. Got a car, here we are. 813-931-0840

Happy New Year!

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Home prices fall for the fourth month in a row!

Fox news reported that home prices are continuing to drop in the nation’s largest cities, Tampa Bay being one of them. This can be a result of fewer homes being purchased and millions of foreclosures arising in the market.

Atlanta recorded the largest decline. Prices there fell at a percentage of 2.9. Washington homes dropped 0.2 percent in October. Plus this year has been recorded as the “worst” for home sales in more than a decade according to FOX Tampa Bay. Tight credit and high unemployment have kept people from buying homes.

Most experts expect the decline to continue through mid-year with prices on average to lose another 5 percent to 10 percent.

To learn more contact your local real estate attorney today!

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Blick Law Firm Christmas Greeting!

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FTC bans mortgage modification companies from taking up-front fees

The Federal Trade Commission has adopted a new rule the companies offering to help homeowners avoid foreclosure may not collect any up-front fees until the homeowner gets a written offer from the lender that the homeowner considers acceptable.

This rule is intended to diminish any further fraud by mortgage modification companies. The rule prevents a company from collecting any fee from a consumer until the lender or loan servicer has made an offer that the consumer deems acceptable, according to the Florida Bar News. Consumers are able to reject the offer without any charge due to the loan modification company.

However when working with attorneys, according to the new rule, they are exempt from the new rule if they meet the following conditions.

1) They are engaged in the practice of law.

2) They are licensed in the state where the consumer or dwelling is located.

3) They comply with state laws and regulations governing attorney conduct.

4) They must place any fees they collect in a client trust account and abide by state laws and regulations covering such accounts.

The new rule becomes effective December 29, except for the advance fee prohibition which will be in effect January 31, 2011.

If you need proper assistance with you mortgage modification and need a Tampa loan modification attorney, please contact us today for immediate assistance at 813-931-0840.

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Santa Claus to Visit Blick Law Firm

TAMPA-Local Tampa Bay Law Firm is inviting the local community to stop by and visit Blick Law Firm on Friday, December 17, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. to take a free photo with Santa Claus, meet and have lunch with the attorney, Michael C. Blickensderfer.

Also, Blick Law Firm will be collecting canned food items for Metropolitan Ministries and would hope anyone in attendance donate towards the cause by bringing a canned food item of their choice.

“We love this time of year and want to help those in need in any way we can,” said Viviane Blickensderfer, vice president of Blick Law Firm.

Please contact Dana, public relations specialist at Blick Law Firm for more details. 813-931-0840.

Blick Law Firm is a local Tampa Bay legal firm specializing in personal injury and real estate law all across the state of Florida. The owner, Michael C. Blickensderfer has over 20 plus years legal experience in Florida, New York and New Jersey.  Blick Law Firms practice areas include real estate transactions, loan modifications, short sales, foreclosure defense, title insurance and real estate litigation. We also serve clients in personal injury, including automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, dog bites, marine and aviation accidents, wrongful death, and bankruptcy. For further information regarding our legal services please visit our website at

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Why is gasoline getting more expensive?

Read an interesting article from CNN this morning regarding potential gas prices to reach $3 by Christmas. All U.S. motorists could see gas prices exceeding $3 per gallon if they have not witnessed such prices already, according to the new survey of filling stations.

The Lundberg Survey of cities estimated the nations average price per gallon of self-serve unleaded gasoline is $2.91, an increase of 3.9 cents from a survey conducted not even two weeks prior.

Why is there a sudden rise in the price of gasoline? According to Lundberg Survey, it is based on the necessity for gas retailers to reflect an increase in the wholesale price of gas at the pump. Retailers will have to raise prices at the pump.

Gas prices in this survey were nearly 28 cents higher than in December a year ago.

The Lundberg Survey sampled 2,500 different gas stations, the average highest was found in Long Island, New York at $3.21 per gallon.

Miami, Florida: averaged $2.96

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