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  • It's The Law: Associations can tow cars Published 4/15/2014 at 9:43 p.m. 0 comments

    Question: Recently a friend of mine had a vehicle towed from our property without warning or anything after being parked for less than 30 minutes on the side of our road. Does a homeowner association have authority to tow parked ...

  • It's The Law: Car repairs require written estimate Published 4/9/2014 at 4:00 a.m. 0 comments

    Question: I took my car into a local repair shop last week. When I went back to pick it up, the bill was huge and I think they did a lot of work that was not needed. Can they get ...

  • It's The Law: Business does not guarantee safety for a visitor Published 3/28/2014 at 4:09 p.m. 0 comments

    Question: I was on my way into a local store when I tripped over a tree root. I broke my hip and I have been out of work for three months. Store owner and his insurance company claim they have ...

  • It's The Law: Irrevocable trust might be revocable Published 3/22/2014 at 9:09 p.m. 0 comments

    Question: I want to leave money in trust for my son. My son is rather undependable and I do not want him to have access to the money. I want it to be used only for the purposes I direct. ...

  • It's The Law: Association can arrange cable TV Published 3/16/2014 at 12:16 a.m. 0 comments

    Question: In a condominium association, does the board of directors have the right to vote in high-speed Internet and HBO for each unit in the condominium without the owner's permission? And, can the bill be part of the annual assessments? ...

  • It's The Law: The 'Lady Bird' proviso' avoids probate Published 3/11/2014 at 9:53 a.m. 0 comments

    Question: I am a retired Michigan attorney enjoying my old age and winters in Bonita Springs. Like many residents I belong to a golf group all of which members are retired. Often during a round, in contrast to discussing individual ...

  • It's The Law: Settlement agreement is tough to undo Published 2/24/2014 at 10:59 p.m. 0 comments

    Question: I was in a lawsuit and the judge ordered us to mediation. In the mediation, I settled with the other party. I now realize the settlement agreement is unfair and want to get rid of it. How hard will ...

  • It's The Law: Limited competency required to appoint a preneed guardian Published 2/14/2014 at 4:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Question: My mother has dementia. I am fighting my brother to be appointed guardian. A few years ago, my mother signed a document naming me her preneed guardian, but my brother claims my mother is incompetent and the document won't ...

  • It's The Law: Statutory formula to calculate child support Published 2/7/2014 at 11:29 a.m. 0 comments

    Question: I am getting divorced. We've been arguing about almost everything except custody. My spouse wants alimony and child support. My attorney says child support is easy to calculate but has not explained it further. Can you explain how child ...

  • It's The Law: Judge can be disqualified Published 1/31/2014 at 12:58 p.m. 0 comments

    Question: I am being sued and just came from court. The judge seemed to be a real good friend of the person suing me and I am worried. Can I get a different judge? Answer: Chapter 38 of Florida Statutes ...

  • It's The Law: Supportive relationship can terminate alimony Published 1/28/2014 at 4:09 p.m. 0 comments

    Q: I got divorced some years ago and was ordered to pay permanent alimony. After the divorce, my spouse started living with someone else and told me she would never remarry because it would end alimony. That just doesn't seem ...

  • It's The Law: Financing contingency can be tricky Published 1/17/2014 at 9:23 a.m. 0 comments

    Question: I want to buy a condominium, but need mortgage financing. I do not want to risk my deposit. My realtor tells me we can use a contract with a financing contingency. Will that protect me? Answer: A financing contingency ...

  • It's The Law: Spendthrift trust can protect the beneficiary Published 1/10/2014 at 12:00 p.m. 1 comment

    Question: I have a child who is terrible at money management. He is always broke, no matter how much he earns. If I leave him anything in my will I am afraid he will spend it quickly and unwisely. How ...

  • It's The Law: Fictitious name explained Published 1/3/2014 at 11:39 a.m. 0 comments

    Question: I have a corporation and want to do business under a different name. I understand that is a fictitious name and I have to file something with the state. Can you explain? Answer: A fictitious name is a name ...

  • It's The Law: Worthless check equals big damages Published 12/30/2013 at 6:17 p.m. 0 comments

    Question: I loaned a former friend of mine some money. When he paid me back, the check bounced. I understand he can be liable for more than the amount of the check if I follow correct procedures. Can you explain?Answer: ...

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