It's The Law: Income may be imputed for alimony calculation
Published 8/2/2013 at 5:26 p.m. 0 comments
Question: I am getting divorced. My wife has not worked for a long time, despite my requests that she get a job. I know she could work, but she claims she is entitled to alimony because she has no income. ...
It's The Law: You might gift a job in a will
Published 7/26/2013 at 8:59 a.m. 0 comments
Question: I work for a company. The owner says he will guarantee my employment for life by giving me a job through his last will and testament. Can he do that? Answer: It is possible to gift a job through ...
It's The Law: Florida trust is only a small part of estate planning
Published 7/19/2013 at 9:21 a.m. 0 comments
Question: I have a will and do not want to go to the trouble or expense of preparing a trust. What estate planning related documents should I consider? Answer: If you had a living trust, you likely would appoint yourself ...
It's The Law: Attorneys fees are not always awarded
Published 7/12/2013 at 9:58 a.m. 0 comments
Question: If I file suit and win, do I get my attorneys fees in addition to any other damages? Answer: The general rule is that attorneys fees are only available if, (a) suit is for breach of contract and the ...
It's The Law: Adult adoption may be an estate planning tool
Published 7/5/2013 at 1:36 p.m. 0 comments
Question: In your article a few months ago, you wrote about a case where the court voided a man's adoption of his adult girlfriend. Does that mean all adult adoptions are problematic? Answer: The article discussed the case of Goodman ...
It's The Law: How to force an HOA to enforce rules
Published 6/28/2013 at 1:46 p.m. 0 comments
Question: My neighbor is building a gazebo, and it is ugly. The covenants in our neighborhood prohibit construction of accessory structures, which I think includes gazebos. I can't get the homeowners association to take action to enforce our covenants. Ca
It's The Law: Spendthrift trusts offer protection
Published 6/21/2013 at 3:59 p.m. 0 comments
Question: I am working on my will and need some help. One of my children is not good with money. Actually, that is not quite true. He is really good at spending it, but not too good at earning or ...
It's The Law: Condos have reserve account investment choices
Published 6/14/2013 at 12:11 p.m. 0 comments
Question: As president of our association, I have a question regarding reserves. Is it possible to invest monies that are assessed and are accumulating in a reserve account sitting as cash in a bank? These funds may not be required ...
It's The Law: Security deposit gets special treatment
Published 6/13/2013 at 12:51 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I am having some problems with my landlord. We are near the end of our lease and I am concerned he will keep the security deposit. What are my rights? A: I assume you are a residential tenant. Florida ...
It's The Law: Sperm donor is not a parent
Published 5/30/2013 at 3:05 p.m. 0 comments
Q: A while back, I agreed to be a sperm donor for one of my friends. We did this informally and did not go through a doctor's office. We agreed that I would have no involvement with the child and ...
It's The Law: Condominium disclosure required for all buyers
Published 5/20/2013 at 10:03 a.m. 0 comments
Question: I am buying a condominium and have heard there is mandatory seller disclosure. Can you explain? Answer: Florida's legislature apparently believes condominium buyers require special attention. The legislature confirms that position through Sectio
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 ...