About WILLIAM MORRIS
BiographyWilliam 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to (239) 642-0722. Read other columns at http://www.wgmorris.com.
- Columnist - Marco Eagle
12/21/2007 - current
It's The Law: Disclosure required in HOA and condo sales
Published 12/17/2013 at 2:29 p.m.
Question: I am selling my condominium. My friends tell me I will need to give the buyer a whole lot of documents concerning the condominium association and the same documents for the homeowner association. I am confused. Can you help ...
It's The Law: A gift by any other name
Published 12/11/2013 at 4 a.m.
Question: It is that time of year. I do not believe in Santa Claus, but I believe my fiancé should give me the gift she promised. She got mad at me and says she took it back to the store. ...
It's The Law: Florida is an employment at will state
Published 12/03/2013 at 10:14 a.m. 1 Comment
Question: I just got fired for no reason. Can an employer do that? Answer: Florida continues to be governed by the common law doctrine of employment at will. Unless you have a contract for a definite term of employment or ...
It's The Law: Pre-suit arbitration may be required in condominiums
Published 11/05/2013 at 5:22 p.m. 1 Comment
Q: I have a dispute with my condominium association and want to file suit. The board of directors told me I cannot file suit, but have to go through arbitration. Can you explain?
It's The Law: Florida domicile – How to get it
Published 10/25/2013 at 10:29 a.m.
Question: I understand there are some real benefits to making Florida my domicile. Can you highlight some of those benefits and explain domicile? Answer: Florida domicile has been defined by the courts as "the permanent residence of a person or ...
lt's The Law: Seller has options when buyer defaults
Published 10/22/2013 at 10:38 a.m.
Question: I have a contract for sale of my condominium. The buyer told me he no longer wants to close. Assuming the buyer fails to close, what options do I have? Answer: In any breach of contract case, the first ...
lt's The Law: Homeowner association has super priority – usually
Published 10/15/2013 at 8:46 p.m.
Question: I am president of a homeowners association. I have been told that Florida law gives homeowner association liens a super priority. Is that correct? Answer: Section 720.3085 of Florida statutes attempts to give homeowner association liens super pr
lt's The Law: Promise to make a will must be written
Published 10/09/2013 at 4 a.m. 1 Comment
Question: My neighbor offered to leave me a substantial gift in his will if I would take care of his yard for the rest of his life. If I take care of his yard, will I be able to collect? ...
lt's The Law: Partition can cure property dispute
Published 10/01/2013 at 3:38 p.m. 1 Comment
Question: I own a house with a former friend. We are supposed to be 50/50. He has not been paying his part of expenses and I want to sell the house and be done with it. He refuses to sell. ...
lt's The Law: Alimony comes in many forms
Published 09/24/2013 at 12:36 p.m.
Question: My wife is suing me for divorce. When I read through her petition, I got to the end and she is asking for alimony. Not just any alimony, but all kinds of alimony like permanent, rehabilitative, lump-sum and others. ...
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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