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WILLIAM MORRIS

Title: Columnist - Marco Eagle
Contact: 239-642-6020 | Send WILLIAM an email

About WILLIAM MORRIS

Biography

William G. Morris is a lawyer with offices at 247 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice and, of necessity, is generalized. For questions about specific circumstances, the reader should consult a qualified lawyer. Questions for this column can be sent by e-mail to wgmorrislaw@earthlink.net, or by fax to (239) 642-0722. Read other columns at http://www.wgmorris.com.

Position History

  • Columnist - Marco Eagle
    12/21/2007 - current

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  • It's The Law: Associations can tow cars Published 04/15/2014 at 9:43 p.m. 3 Comments

    Question: Recently a friend of mine had a vehicle towed from our property without warning or anything after being parked for less than 30 minutes on the side of our road. Does a homeowner association have authority to tow parked ...

  • It's The Law: Business does not guarantee safety for a visitor Published 03/28/2014 at 4:09 p.m.

    Question: I was on my way into a local store when I tripped over a tree root. I broke my hip and I have been out of work for three months. Store owner and his insurance company claim they have ...

  • It's The Law: Irrevocable trust might be revocable Published 03/22/2014 at 9:09 p.m.

    Question: I want to leave money in trust for my son. My son is rather undependable and I do not want him to have access to the money. I want it to be used only for the purposes I direct. ...

  • It's The Law: The 'Lady Bird' proviso' avoids probate Published 03/11/2014 at 9:53 a.m.

    Question: I am a retired Michigan attorney enjoying my old age and winters in Bonita Springs. Like many residents I belong to a golf group all of which members are retired. Often during a round, in contrast to discussing individual ...

  • It's The Law: Settlement agreement is tough to undo Published 02/24/2014 at 10:59 p.m.

    Question: I was in a lawsuit and the judge ordered us to mediation. In the mediation, I settled with the other party. I now realize the settlement agreement is unfair and want to get rid of it. How hard will ...

  • It's The Law: Limited competency required to appoint a preneed guardian Published 02/14/2014 at 4:27 p.m.

    Question: My mother has dementia. I am fighting my brother to be appointed guardian. A few years ago, my mother signed a document naming me her preneed guardian, but my brother claims my mother is incompetent and the document won't ...

  • It's The Law: Statutory formula to calculate child support Published 02/07/2014 at 11:29 a.m.

    Question: I am getting divorced. We've been arguing about almost everything except custody. My spouse wants alimony and child support. My attorney says child support is easy to calculate but has not explained it further. Can you explain how child ...

  • It's The Law: Judge can be disqualified Published 01/31/2014 at 12:58 p.m.

    Question: I am being sued and just came from court. The judge seemed to be a real good friend of the person suing me and I am worried. Can I get a different judge? Answer: Chapter 38 of Florida Statutes ...

  • It's The Law: Supportive relationship can terminate alimony Published 01/28/2014 at 4:09 p.m.

    Q: I got divorced some years ago and was ordered to pay permanent alimony. After the divorce, my spouse started living with someone else and told me she would never remarry because it would end alimony. That just doesn't seem ...

  • It's The Law: Financing contingency can be tricky Published 01/17/2014 at 9:23 a.m.

    Question: I want to buy a condominium, but need mortgage financing. I do not want to risk my deposit. My realtor tells me we can use a contract with a financing contingency. Will that protect me? Answer: A financing contingency ...

  • It's the Law: Probate need not be a daunting process Published 12/29/2009 at 3:50 p.m.

    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 12/09/2009 at 7:18 a.m.

    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: 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.

    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 ...

  • It's the Law: Condos exempt from fair debt collections Published 10/01/2009 at 6:24 p.m.

    I am on a condominium board of directors. Some of our owners are not paying their assessments and others refuse to pay fines. We sent a demand letter and the owner claims that we are in violation of the Fair ...

  • It's the Law: Alimony modification requires real changes Published 09/24/2009 at 6:30 p.m. 1 Comment

    Q: My ex-wife is talking about taking me back to court for more alimony. Can she do that?

  • It's the Law: Foreclosure law explained Published 09/17/2009 at 6:14 p.m.

    Q: A friend of mine is in mortgage foreclosure. He does not know what will happen next. Can you explain the foreclosure process?

  • It's the Law: Custody changes are not easy Published 09/10/2009 at 6:26 p.m. 1 Comment

    Q: My spouse got custody of our children in our divorce. I have since remarried and am doing well financially. I think our children would be better off with me. How difficult is it to change custody in Florida?

  • It's the Law: Drug possession could lead to prison sentence Published 09/08/2009 at 6:15 p.m.

    Q: My brother was arrested for possession of marijuana. Someone told us that possession of marijuana is a felony and he could actually go to jail! Is that true? How are drugs classified and are some drugs considered worse than ...

  • It's the Law: Qualifying contractor has no liability Published 08/20/2009 at 6:54 p.m.

    Q: We are building a home and some of the work is defective. The contracting companying stopped construction without paying all of the subs. It will cost us a lot to finish the home and we will probably have to ...

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