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?
Law Q&A: Don’t count on your banker for protection
Published 12/9/2009 at 7:18 a.m. 0 comments
Q: A while back, I borrowed money from the bank to buy some real estate. The initial interest rate was very low, but it was adjustable. The interest rate has increased and I can not afford the payment. I think ...
It's the Law: Can murder be profitable?
Published 11/18/2009 at 5:04 p.m. 0 comments
Q: Anna Nicole Smith’s death continues to make headlines as those around her are prosecuted for providing her drugs. It appears the drugs killed her. Can you inherit someone’s property if you killed her?
Pre-nup trumps Florida law for joint property
Published 11/5/2009 at 1:45 p.m. 0 comments
I heard Florida law provides that if I buy property and place it in joint names with my spouse, my spouse owns half of it and at divorce my spouse retains that half. I have a prenuptial agreement that states ...
Don’t rely on the mercy of the court
Published 10/27/2009 at 6:18 p.m. 0 comments
I lost a lot of money in a business deal and want to sue my partner. My attorney says I do not have a good case and suggests it would be a waste of money to pursue. I want to ...
It's the Law: Title can be acquired by adverse possession
Published 10/22/2009 at 5:57 p.m. 1 comment
Q: I am buying a house and had the property surveyed. The survey shows my neighbor planted a hedge three feet onto the property I am buying. I do not want to make a problem for him, but I am ...
It's the Law: Virtual adoption can create heirs
Published 10/15/2009 at 6:06 p.m. 0 comments
Q: A friend of mine was raised by his uncle from the age of two. The uncle died without a will. The uncle’s other children now claim that my friend has no right to share in the uncle’s estate. Is ...