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: ...
It's The Law: Driver in front might be liable for rear-end collision
Published 12/24/2013 at 1:00 p.m. 2 comments
Question: I was rear ended in a car accident a while back. My insurance company paid for the damage to my car and I wasn't really hurt. Now I am being sued by the driver of the car that hit ...
It's The Law: Disclosure required in HOA and condo sales
Published 12/17/2013 at 2:29 p.m. 0 comments
Question: I am selling my condominium. My friends tell me I will need to give the buyer a whole lot of documents concerning the condominium association and the same documents for the homeowner association. I am confused. Can you help ...
It's The Law: A gift by any other name
Published 12/11/2013 at 4:00 a.m. 0 comments
Question: It is that time of year. I do not believe in Santa Claus, but I believe my fiancé should give me the gift she promised. She got mad at me and says she took it back to the store. ...
It's The Law: Florida is an employment at will state
Published 12/3/2013 at 10:14 a.m. 1 comment
Question: I just got fired for no reason. Can an employer do that? Answer: Florida continues to be governed by the common law doctrine of employment at will. Unless you have a contract for a definite term of employment or ...
It's The Law: Pre-suit arbitration may be required in condominiums
Published 11/5/2013 at 5:22 p.m. 1 comment
Q: I have a dispute with my condominium association and want to file suit. The board of directors told me I cannot file suit, but have to go through arbitration. Can you explain?
It's The Law: Florida domicile – How to get it
Published 10/25/2013 at 10:29 a.m. 0 comments
Question: I understand there are some real benefits to making Florida my domicile. Can you highlight some of those benefits and explain domicile? Answer: Florida domicile has been defined by the courts as "the permanent residence of a person or ...
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