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 ...
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 ...