It's the Law: Violations involving checks and drafts
Published 6/4/2009 at 8:25 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I sold some used furniture and the buyer gave me a bad check. What can I do to collect?
It's the Law: Interpreting a trust to carry out the creator’s intent
Published 5/28/2009 at 8:09 p.m. 0 comments
Q: My mother had a living trust. My mother died and my brother and I are now arguing about distribution of her assets. He claims the trust does not reflect mom’s intent. How do we settle the dispute?
It's the Law: Real estate brokers can file liens for commission
Published 5/21/2009 at 8:34 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I am selling my pizza shop and I have a dispute with my Realtor. He has threatened to file a lien to protect his commission. Can he do that?
It's the Law: Brokers have strict escrow obligations
Published 5/14/2009 at 7:26 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I recently signed an offer to purchase a condominium. I gave the Realtor a deposit check for $10,000, but asked him to hold it until I could get some money into the account. He said he could not hold ...
It's the Law: Child custody modification requires material change
Published 5/7/2009 at 7:09 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I am divorced and my children live most of the time with my ex-spouse. I think they would do a lot better living with me so I am considering asking the court to change their living arrangement. What are ...
It's the Law: Recovery for defective construction may be limited by economic waste
Published 4/30/2009 at 9:12 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I hired a contractor to build a custom home. When he got done, I found that the dimensions of many rooms were not true to the plans, elevation of the garage was 1 foot lower than it was supposed ...
IT'S THE LAW: Helping you or helping themselves to your home?
Published 4/23/2009 at 8:16 p.m. 0 comments
Q: A friend of mine lost his job and fell behind on his mortgage. He was contacted by a person claiming to work for a mortgage assistance company, who promised to help him keep his home. He paid the company ...
IT'S THE LAW: Unemployment compensation even if you quit
Published 4/16/2009 at 7:46 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I gave my boss two weeks notice that I would be quitting. He got so mad he fired me on the spot. Can I get unemployment compensation?
IT'S THE LAW: Contract performance time may not be critical
Published 4/9/2009 at 8:17 p.m. 0 comments
Q: I recently made an offer to purchase a house which included a time limit for the seller to accept. The seller did not sign and return the offer until after the time for acceptance passed. We moved toward closing ...
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 ...