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Admiralty and Maritime Law Board Certified Attorney

Admiralty and maritime law is a highly specialized area of the law. Partner Joanne Foster, B.C.S., is one of the few Board-Certified Admiralty and Maritime attorneys in Florida. She has vast experience in fighting for the rights of injured victims of boating accidents.

All members of the firm have experience in state and federal courts litigating admiralty and maritime claims involving marinas, boatyards, vessel owners, marine tradesman, repair facilities, yacht brokers, boat builders, fires, explosions, declaratory judgments, Jones Act seamen, cruise ship injuries, marine insurance disputes and insurance subrogation.

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Boating Injury Lawyers

Admiralty and maritime law governs accidents occurring in navigable waters - meaning any waterway that has direct or indirect access to the ocean. These include injuries onboard:
  • Recreational boats
  • Cruise ships
  • Yachts
  • Ferries
  • Tugs
  • Barges
  • Riverboats
  • Dive boats
  • Fishing boats
Victims of maritime accidents may be entitled to compensation for lost income, loss of earning capacity, medical expenses, pain, suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, physical impairment and disability, scarring, and disfigurement. To preserve your claim call 772.286.7372 or email for a free initial consultation with a Florida Board Certified Maritime Law Expert, Joanne Foster today.

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Longshore & Harbor Workers - Federal Laws Designed to Help Injured Laborers

The Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), 33 USC §901, et seq., provides compensation for disability, death or occupational disease suffered by longshoremen, harbor workers or shipbuilders while working on piers, wharfs, dry docks or terminals, building ways, marine railways, or other adjoining navigable waters customarily used by an employer in loading, unloading, repairing, or building a vessel. The LHWCA may also provide medical and vocational benefits.

The Longshore Act differs significantly from ordinary state workers' compensation laws. That is why you need a lawyer who specializes in handling Longshore Act claims. The statute of limitations is most challenging. To preserve your claim call 772.286.7372 or email for a free initial consultation with Florida Board Certified Maritime Law Expert, Joanne Foster today.

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Maritime Liens

Maritime liens are created when crew members, marinas, banks, boatyards, and marine repair facilities are not paid for the services they provide to vessels. The vessel itself owes the obligation. We assist with:
  • Seafarer's liens for wages, maintenance and cure
  • Liens for dockage or marine repairs
  • Liens for salvage, injuries, tort claims, preferred ship's mortgages, and necessaries
  • Admiralty arrest proceedings
  • Non-judicial sales
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Towing & Salvage - What is Towing? What is Salvage?

Guy, Yudin & Foster provides legal counsel in matters involving towing and salvage claims.
  • Refloating a vessel
  • Groundings
  • Sinking
  • Vessels breaking away from dock or mooring in extreme weather
  • Mechanical breakdown or fire
  • Tow operations
  • Collisions
Call 772.286.7372 or email Joanne Foster, B.C.S., Marine Law Expert, for a free initial consultation.

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Vessel Purchase & Sale - Careful Consideration of the Details is Key

Transactions involving vessels present unique considerations. Look to Guy, Yudin and Foster for leadership you can depend on for the purchase and sale of yachts, sailboats, large pleasure craft, sports fishing boats, deep-sea vessels, and houseboats.

The firm assists clients in every phase of the acquisition process:
  • Negotiating the purchase
  • Drafting of purchase agreement
  • Drafting first preferred ships mortgages
  • Sales
  • Chartering
  • Crewing
  • Guidance for operation of vessels, yachts and pleasure boats
  • Additions to a fleet
  • Registration with the Coast Guard or the state
  • Licensing
  • U.S. Customs issues
  • Vessel arrest
Occasionally people contact us about boat tax after they receive a letter (or worse, an assessment) from a taxing authority looking for payment. The best time to plan for boat tax is prior to purchase. Our experienced maritime counsel can assist with tax and other issues that might arise. Contact Guy, Yudin and Foster today to help you avoid costly surprises and disappointments along the way.

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Vessel Repair Defects - Remedies for Defective Vessels

The warranty of workmanlike performance is implied in every maritime repair contract . Guy, Yudin & Foster will help negotiate contracts for the construction, refit or repairs of yachts, fishing boats, and tugs and barges. Our firm will also help resolve issues related to defective repairs. Contact Guy, Yudin and Foster today to represent your best interests.

Marinas & Boatyards

Guy, Yudin & Foster represents marinas and boatyards by managing the inherent risks associated with such operations. They assist clients by serving as general counsel for the issues that arise in the daily operation of these businesses including; drafting dockage and storage agreements, drafting third-party vendor agreements, and giving acute attention to the critical issues of ship repairer's liability, products liability, zoning and environmental compliance matters, claims for wharfage, and storage and removal of abandoned or wrecked vessels.

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Marine Surveyors

Marine surveyors are customarily hired by vessel owners, vessel purchasers, or banks and insurance companies to determine the condition and value of a vessel through a pre-purchase or insurance survey. They will also perform damage surveys to determine the nature, cause and extent of damage to a vessel following a marine casualty.

Call 772.286.7372 to obtain information regarding marine surveyors and their areas of expertise prior to purchasing a vessel, or before obtaining or updating an insurance policy. Guy, Yudin & Foster can also help you locate the right surveyor to assist you in determining the amount of damages to your vessel after a boating accident.

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Coast Guard (USCG Licensing) Licensing

Guy, Yudin & Foster can defend you against license suspension, revocation or denial of your license. Our extensive knowledge of the Coast Guard's many rules and regulations enables us to handle your Coast Guard license defense.

You need a skilled and experienced advocate by your side. Our firm will aggressively defend you, whether you are facing suspension, revocation or a denial of your initial or renewal application from the Regional Exam Centers or the National Maritime Center. Call 772.286.7372 today.