It's The Law: Stock might be effective, even though not complete
Published 5/13/2013 at 12:13 p.m. 0 comments
Question: My father was signing over some stock to me and before he finished changing the name of the certificates, he died. My sister claims the stock is now part of his estate and is not mine. That would mean ...
It's The Law: Tax sale certificates are not deeds
Published 4/29/2013 at 2:38 p.m. 0 comments
Question: I understand that you do not lose title to your property if you do not pay taxes. Instead, some type of tax certificate is issued. Can you explain?
It's The Law: Adoption of a girlfriend can be problematic
Published 4/18/2013 at 2:33 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I heard something recently about an old man who wanted to adopt his girlfriend. Is that legal? A: Adoption terminates the status of parent and child with a former parent and replaces it with a new, legal relationship. An ...
It's The Law: Condominium can install hurricane protection
Published 4/10/2013 at 4:00 a.m. 0 comments
Question: Hi. My condo complex board decided to let everyone change out their sliding doors and windows to hurricane proof type, only for the owners who wanted them. Now they are talking about forcing the rest of the owners to ...
It's The Law: Where there’s a will ... Last testament can impose marriage restrictionscan
Published 3/17/2011 at 5:04 p.m. 0 comments
Q: My father has a clause in his will that I only get something if I am married to a person of a particular religious faith. Is that legal? A: The right of a person to include restrictions on a ...
It's The Law: Income vs support
Published 5/14/2010 at 1:11 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I have a friend who is getting divorced. She is asking for alimony and child support but her husband has cut back on his work so he can show the court he makes very little money. Is that fair? ...
It's The Law: Fees and short sales
Published 4/30/2010 at 1:18 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I am on the Board my Condominium Association. One of our owners is far behind in assessments and is now trying to do a short sale. The mortgage holder will not allow deduction from the sale proceeds of anything ...
It's the law: Mediation can resolve lawsuits
Published 2/19/2010 at 5:11 p.m. 0 comments
Mediation is a process under which a neutral mediator works with parties in a lawsuit in an effort to reach a settlement. The mediator does not issue a decision, but acts as a facilitator. Mediation does not end a lawsuit ...
It's the Law: Contracts can be made via e-mail
Published 2/11/2010 at 3:23 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I received an e-mail offer for a car I am selling. I sent back an e-mail accepting the offer, and now the buyer claims we did not have a contract, because we did not sign a paper contract. Is ...
It's the Law: Durable power of attorney important in time of illness
Published 2/5/2010 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
Q: My wife is very ill and our insurance companies and others will not talk to me about her case because they say I have no authority. Can you help me find a way to deal with these problems?
It's the Law: Estate tax is dead, but comes back to life next year
Published 1/29/2010 at 1:26 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I heard that the Estate Tax was abolished. Is that true?
It's the Law: Court cannot approve custodial parent relocation in advance
Published 1/22/2010 at 1:20 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I am going through a divorce. We have tentatively agreed that my spouse will have custody, but now she is talking about moving to Atlanta in a few years.
It's the Law: What to expect in foreclosure process
Published 1/14/2010 at 3:03 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I have fallen behind in my mortgage and suspect foreclosure is imminent. Can you explain the foreclosure process?
It's the Law: Personal representative can have tax liability
Published 1/8/2010 at 3:01 p.m. 0 comments
Q: My Uncle is doing estate planing with his attorney. He asked me if I would be the personal representative of his estate. My wife is worried that I will end up having personal liability for his taxes. Is that ...
It's the Law: Probate need not be a daunting process
Published 12/29/2009 at 3:50 p.m. 0 comments
Q: My mother recently died and her Will appoints me to administer her estate. Can you give me a brief outline of Florida probate?
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