IT'S THE LAW: Felonies vs. Misdemeanors - what does it mean?
Published 4/2/2009 at 9:23 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I’m always hearing people talk about crimes saying things like second degree, misdemeanor, third degree, capital, first degree. What do all these things mean and what’s the difference?
IT'S THE LAW: Wills must meet statutory requirements
Published 3/19/2009 at 8:34 p.m. 0 comments
Q: One of my friends told me a story about someone’s last will and testament that was rejected by a court because it was not properly executed. What are the requirements for a valid will in Florida?
IT'S THE LAW: When other children enter the picture
Published 3/12/2009 at 8:36 p.m. 0 comments
Q: A few years ago my girlfriend and I had a child. She had a lot more money than me and she never asked for child support. I have since married and have two other children. My former girlfriend is ...
IT'S THE LAW: Lease renewal may not last forever
Published 3/5/2009 at 8:07 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I own a commercial building that I leased to a tenant some years back. The lease is for a five-year term with automatic renewals for additional five-year terms unless the tenant gives me notice of termination. The formula for ...
IT'S THE LAW: Contract can set amount of damages for breach
Published 2/26/2009 at 9:47 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I signed a contract to sell my condominium and the buyer backed out. I was lucky to sell it to another buyer, but it sold for $40,000 less than the first contract. The buyer under my first contract claims ...
IT'S THE LAW: Alimony might not be forever
Published 2/12/2009 at 8:39 p.m. 3 comments
Q: I got divorced a while back and was ordered by the judge to pay my ex-wife alimony. Since my divorce, my ex-wife got a new job and makes a lot of money. She has also been living with a ...
IT'S THE LAW: What to do when your co-owner bows out
Published 2/5/2009 at 9:04 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I own property with a friend of mine. We are supposed to pay everything 50/50. He has not paid anything toward property expenses for a long time. What can I do to collect my money?
It's The Law: Stopped for a DUI -- The dos and don’ts
Published 1/30/2009 at 4:50 p.m. 0 comments
Q: A friend of mine recently got charged with DUI. After meeting with a lawyer, he was told that he did all the wrong things during the stop. That has me thinking what are the right things to do? What ...
IT'S THE LAW: Mortgage foreclosure can evict tenant
Published 1/22/2009 at 7:40 p.m. 2 comments
Q: I rent a home from my landlord. I was served with a summons and complaint in a mortgage foreclosure case in which I was named as “unknown tenant.” Can I be evicted by the foreclosing mortgage holder?
IT'S THE LAW: ‘Lien’ on me
Published 1/15/2009 at 8:34 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I own a painting company. I recently filed a lien against a condominium association that hired me to paint the outside of the condominium building. The president tells me that my lien is no good because it had to ...
IT'S THE LAW: Can you sign away your child’s rights?
Published 1/8/2009 at 8:02 p.m. 0 comments
Q: My son wanted to ride go carts at a local track. Before the track let him ride, I had to sign a release form on behalf of my son. My son ended up driving off of the track and ...
It's The Law: Contract guarantee may not be enforceable
Published 12/31/2008 at 5:39 p.m. 0 comments
Q: A few years ago I was in business with a partner. He took over the business, and now the landlord claims I owe money under a lease because I signed a guarantee. I am not in the business any ...
It's The Law: Who’s the boss?
Published 12/24/2008 at 3:39 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I live in a condominium. Ours is part of a bigger development. Under the covenants of the bigger development, a master homeowners association was also created. When I asked the president of the master association to take action against ...
It's The Law: Condo associations hurt by mortgage meltdown
Published 12/16/2008 at 3:39 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I am on the board of directors of a condominium association. A few owners have stopped paying assessments and are rumored to be in mortgage foreclosure. Some of these units have not paid assessments in over 12 months. What ...
It's The Law: Foreclosure, forbearance, forget it
Published 12/11/2008 at 3:42 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I am behind in my mortgage and I am afraid I will lose my home through foreclosure. What might happen if I don’t get enough of money to pay the mortgage?