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10.0David Francis Hanley

Yacht Closings

David F. Hanley, P.A. represents domestic and international clients in the acquisition and registration of yachts of all sizes. The firm provides both buyers and sellers with the practical advice necessary to buy and sell a yacht, including questions relating to vessel documentation and registration, sales tax, use tax, duty and offshore closings.

The firm typically starts with a review of the purchase and sale agreement to make sure that the client’s interests are adequately protected. Once the agreement is signed, the inspection phase usually follows with a survey and sea trial of the yacht. If the inspection is acceptable to both parties, the parties then usually move towards a closing on the vessel. Depending upon the status of the respective parties for tax and duty purposes, the closing of the transaction may occur at the dock or offshore.

David F. Hanley, P.A. often works closely with one of several South Florida marine documentation companies to efficiently complete the documentation of the yacht with the U.S. Coast Guard or foreign jurisdiction.


Mr. Hanley’s practice covers all cities in Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City, Sunrise, Miramar, Weston, Pembroke Pines, and Hollywood. Mr. Hanley also regularly represents clients in Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County, and handles probate matters throughout the State of Florida.

Representation and Fees

Representation commences once a written engagement letter is executed. Fee structures vary by the matter being handled. Depending on the type of matter, fees may be a reasonable hourly rate depending upon the anticipated demands and timeline of the case, flat fee all-inclusive arrangements or hybrid arrangements. Mr. Hanley’s goal is to tailor fees to fairly capture the level of service and work provided and the value conferred to his client. Fees vary because they always depend on the seriousness of the matter at stake, the timing and expediency of the matter, the anticipated volume and complexity of work, the desired results and other client expectations.


The information on this website is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should contact an attorney for advice on your individual situation. Contacting David Hanley does not create an attorney-client relationship. Read the legal and privacy policy of David F. Hanley, P.A. here.