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1 Answer | Asked in Securities Law for Florida on
Q: Can a private company be its own secondary market? I.E., hold monies collected for stock in escrow in the event holders.
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 14, 2021

Please see my answer to this question posted earlier on AVVO.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Education Law for Florida on
Q: Can a university evict someone without compensation or notice for testing positive for COVID-19?

My vaccinated friend caught COVID-19, spread from an unvaccinated student, his next-door dorm neighbor. They have isolation dorms specifically to quarantine people and promised reservations for those who were vaccinated. The rooms are all full because they gave them to anyone who got sick instead... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 8, 2021

If your friend wants legal help the very first thing your friend MUST do is to seek legal assistance for him/herself. For reasons that should be obvious, lawyers cannot assist people through other people--unless the person is a child. And even then the child's parent is the person who can seek... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can my landlord ask me to disclose my Covid status and force me to turn in a negative test? It’s not even CDC protocol.

During Covid outbreak, same said landlord, locked down the property (over 200 apts) for about 2 months, and forbid all residents from receiving any guests including family. No, it says nothing about them being able to have that kind of control in our contract.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 7, 2021

You have it backwards: Your lease does NOT have to say anything about the landlord doing the right thing in order for them to do it.

Unless your written lease actually forbids your landlord from taking reasonable steps to protect all the tenants in your building and in the entire complex...
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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Florida on
Q: do I have to pay 20 year old debt

in 2001 i left my boat at the marina unable to pay rent yesterday i got letter to pay money

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 3, 2021

No, but forget about the boat.

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Does my landlord need to give notice if he does not wish to renew our lease?

We moved in 1 year ago after relocating from NJ, we signed a 1 year lease with the property management company. This company is telling us the landlord is no longer using them as management as of September 22nd (19 days from now) which is our lease end date as well. They told us he won't... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 3, 2021

1. No, your landlord does not have to give you any notice that they do not want you there past the lease end date.

2. And no, you do not have to give any notice if you know the landlord does not want you to stay past the end date.

3. And no, there is nothing you can do about...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: As an employee who is currently working 100% remotely, can by company mandate that I get a COVID vaccine now?

My job is currently 100% remote and has been since March of 2020. We are so “remote” we are not even allowed into our former office building to retrieve personal or work related items. There are currently no dates or plans for us to return to working on-site. They are now mandating that even... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 1, 2021

Your employer's "legal right" to terminate you is absolute in Florida. It has nothing to do with whether you are working remote or not.

Warning: They are probably mandating the vaccine in order to find out who the naysayers and vaccine resisters are so they can thin the herd...
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4 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: How can you prove a person to be an attorney?

My daughter is looking to rent a house in FL. During a chat with the person, the story changed a little. He indicated that the security deposit was going to be held by his attorney, then changed his mind when pressed for the attorney name. He has now provided a number and a name of a person... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 1, 2021

The lawyer holding the deposits does NOT have to be a Florida lawyer.

Solution: CALL THEM AND ASK SOME QUESTIONS.

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Florida on
Q: I am being sued by a collection agency. I was served a summons but the claim attached is for someone else.

LVNV is the plaintiff in broward county small claims court. I looked online for the court documents filed were for me. I was going to file an answer after I was served. When I read it over the claim served to me was for someone else being sued by the same law firm. I dont know how I should... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 31, 2021

Wait as long as possible and then file a ANSWER, using this fact as your first affirmative defense.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: How does the guardian contest the signature ?

If the ward signed a document that was not in the best interests of the ward or the wards dependents after. designating the guardian and the Guardianship has been exercised.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 30, 2021

If the guardian was appointed by a Florida court the guardian needs to ask this question to the judge.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: I was ordered by a doctor to self isolate until my covid test returned. Can my employer force me to work anyway
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 30, 2021

FYI: Your doctor might be able to "order you to self-isolate" but they cannot order your employer to do anything. Even if your employer is as stupid as they look, you must either do what they say or take the consequence. Your doctor cannot help you; neither can Florida law.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: Please read below, thank you in advance

I need a consultation regarding my landlord that I've been renting a room for about 2 months. I've been unable to stay this entire month because she filed false allegations against me that caused an injunction. I've read that filing false allegations are criminal and I intend to sue... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 30, 2021

I am certain that there are many experienced lawyers who will litigate a small claims case against your obnoxious landlord; however, not for free. Why?

(1) Because the amount of money involved is way too small; and

(2) because they cannot collect their fees from the landlord;...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Can a public health system, named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit, use my money to litigate against me?

If a public health system, named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit, uses my money (In theory, they are a public entity and I am a member of the public) to retain outside counsel to litigate against me, the plaintiff, am I entitled to recover some or all of the fees and expenses paid to the... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 30, 2021

It matters not where the money to pay defendants' attorney fees came from. All that matters is whether the statute or case law that you are suing under provides for prevailing party attorney fees.

If you do not have counsel you are hurting yourself; look for an experienced tort...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Hello, I am a mom in the process of separation from my husband. Is it a good idea to sell my house?

We purchased the house before we got married. I don't have money or a place to go but he suggested that we sell the house... what should I do?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 30, 2021

Hire a divorce lawyer before doing anything. Many will take your case free, if there is any chance that your husband will be responsible for your fees.

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2 Answers | Asked in Collections and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: How do I request a fact info sheet after I've been awarded a judgment?

The fact info sheet was not sent to the defendant (business and owner) with the final judgment notification. The defendant is ignoring this judgment.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 26, 2021

There is no law preventing you from sending the judgment debtor a fact information sheet attached to a "Notice of Initiating Collection and Request for Financial Information." Every month.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: I currently rent a property in Orlando, Florida I was given a notice today that the landlord wants to sell the property.

Obviously, I would very much like to cooperate with my landlord, but the fact of the matter is my landlord has chosen to endanger my family, by allowing numerous strangers to start viewing the property I rent 3 days per week & 1 day per weekend until our Lease ends in Feb 22. All of their legal... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 20, 2021

The short answer to your lamentation is yes, you--and every other tenant living under a written lease--have to abide by all the written terms of your lease, regardless of how you feel about it and regardless of your fears.

If your lease is the standard lease used by 99.9% of the landlords...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Can my ex husband stop by the house our children reside at when we have a court order that he gets supervised visits?

My ex and I are not together due to domestic battery. I had a restraining order for two years and was not able to renew it because he had not contacted me. Since his battery charge against me he has been arrested 3 times for battery and convicted once. He and I own the house that my children and I... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 20, 2021

I can read this incident another way: Perhaps your husband brought a cop with him when wanted to give his children something--at a time he knew you would not be there--just to be sure you could not renew your outdated domestic battery retraining order. He probably also wanted to avoid a nasty scene... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: My divorce papers state to return the children 7 days prior to the start of school. How is this calculated?

If I have to return the children to the other parent seven days prior to school recommencing on 2nd September at 8am, would this be on 26th August or specifically before 8am on the 26th? My understand is that it refers to a date rather than a time. This is written in a FL divorce agreement if this... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 20, 2021

IMO, the "legal" deadline is midnight, August 26. However unless you like to start post-divorce battles I would take them back in the early evening of August 26.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: I lied to someone about a contract that does not exist and I signed a lease that has been voided but was a lie can I go
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 18, 2021

If you are asking whether you can go to jail "for lying to someone" or for "signing a lease that has been voided" the answer is no.

But you certainly can get into other kinds of big trouble for lying about fraudulent contracts and fraudulent leases.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: I was fined a large amount by city for 2 code violations I was unaware of. Is this legal?

I was fined 15000 the max amount for violating short term rental zoning. At the time I wasn't renting short term but could not figure out how to get my listing off vrbo so blocked all dates. I received emails from vrbo stating I was no longer in search results. Code found my property online as... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 18, 2021

If you have a lawyer none of us on this panel can interfere unless you discharge your lawyer.

There is a way you can reduce these code violation fines but whether it will work or not depends upon may unknown factors.

However, hiring a new lawyer might be advisable because there is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Will the court take into account other children when a new case for child support is opened?

I was served papers from a girlfriend whom I last saw 8 years ago. She alleges I am the father of her child. My wife and I have a daughter who is 3 and we were concerned that if this were true, we would be unable to provide adequately for our daughter. Using a calculator, the estimated child... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 16, 2021

No--not unless you are divorced and are obligated by law to pay child support to two (or more) different women at the same time.

I know many people will think this does not sound "fair." But the child support laws are designed to help all the single mothers out there raise their...
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