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1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Stockbroker Fraud and Trademark for Louisiana on
Q: Can you sue Robinhood for outages during an all-time high on funds for fraudulence activity and negligence, if any more?

Recently I invested $1000 into Dogecoin as it was at its lowest of 0.19 and just today this cryptocurrency has just reached its all-time high of 0.60. And because of the surge of this high buying for Dogecoin, Robinhood's crypto services went out and I couldn't sell nor buy during this... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 5, 2021

Sure, anyone can sue anyone else; so f you have $400,000 I am sure you can find a bunch of security lawyers willing to try to slay a giant. But you need to forget about "bribery" and "string-attached manipulation."

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Writ of Garnishment of wages, dissolved 01/04/2021, job notified. 04/05/21 a Writ of Garnishment was delivered to my job

A Writ of Garnishment of wages was dismissed 01/04/2021 and info was sent to my employer 01/04/2021. On 04/05/21 , a Writ of Garnishment was delivered to my employer for the same dissolved case and my employer has garnished my wages. My employer is refusing to cease the garnishment of my wages... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 30, 2021

You cannot get rid of the new writ by complaining about it to your employer. They MUST obey a judicial order, and will not listen to your lamentations. The only way to stop the new writ is to stop it in the court.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Personal Injury, Business Law and Federal Crimes for Florida on
Q: Is my CPA at fault for our identity theft? She was hacked some months ago and should have cyber security in place.

The IRS would not accept our 2020 tax filing because one was already filed. Our 3rd Stimulus check was also stolen because our CPA was hacked. She later informed me of this and said some of her other client's data was also stolen and used. She should have adequate cyber security in place... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 21, 2021

Only if you can prove that she knew she was going to be hacked. Really doubtful, but not impossible to imagine. IMO, you best way to handle this is by cooperating with the IRS and helping them find the hacker.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Q: Is it legal for a business broker to refuse access, when they do not represent you, for not giving them your financials?

I have been looking to purchase a business and I have to go through paranoid brokers with 9 page NDA's that tell you that they are liable for nothing (must be nice). They do not represent me, and clearly state that in the NDA's. They, however, REQUIRE financial information to include cash... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 16, 2021

The answer you all your questions is staring you in the face: Fight fire with fire.

FYI: Every seller's broker on the planet is always looking out for the best interests of the person or business that employed them to SELL the business--not the prospective buyers.

So if you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Florida on
Q: I am a college student writing a paper on tort and contract laws.

Hypothetically, a comm. tenant builds kennels and cages in a former storage area of the pet store w/o prior the landlord's knowledge and then complains that the a/c isn't cooling down the area properly (the once storage area). However, the landlord did discover the change midstream and... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 15, 2021

This bizarre request for "legal" assistance by a college student--by another name could be called "cheating"--something that real lawyers would never do--at least not publicly. Go to the library and dig out what you think is an answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Identity Theft and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: How can I find an attorney that specializes in providing privacy to normal street Joes that have a w2 job & a house?

I just want to minimize my digital footprint exposed to the public by municipalities and commercial data brokers.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 14, 2021

To the best of my knowledge, no such attorneys exist.

IMO, what you want to do is not possible in this nation of laws that intentionally encourage unlimited commercial advertising with its corresponding egregious invasion of privacy coupled with complete "transparency" of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Florida on
Q: Is a safety deposit box with a named beneficiary subject to probate process?

Can executors seize assets to named beneficiaries?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 13, 2021

Yes, once a probate action is filed EVERYTHING that the decedent owned--including the contents of safe deposit boxes becomes subject to the jurisdiction of the probate Judge, who has the Will and can look to see who is entitled to what, after all expenses are paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Florida on
Q: The home I live in is under my mother's revocable living will with her self as beneficiary. She left to me in will.

She passed and her residents has filed on probate to forclose. Will that affect the home I live in?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 12, 2021

Yes, you should hire a Florida probate lawyer immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Banking for Florida on
Q: If my bank closed my checking account do they have a legal right to keep my money that was left in it?

I am a small business owner in FL. I received an EIDL loan from the government on March 16 for $55,900 to help me keep my business afloat during the pandemic. I had the funds deposited into my business checking account at BlueVine, and had no issues until Mar 29, when I suddenly received an email... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 12, 2021

While I am not sure who or what "BlueVine" is, unless it is a legitimate regulated commercial bank or credit union you may be out of luck. And in any event, since you are obligated to repay the entire $59,500 to the US Small Business Administration or to the US Treasury, I strongly advise... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Florida on
Q: Is it better to privately lease a vehicle in FL or sell the vehicle with an associated lean against it?

I am the secretary for a 501c3 focused on supporting military and ex-military veterans. We have a unique situation where the group acquired a motorcycle trike, which the group would like to "loan" to a biker who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. We want to know if we should... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 7, 2021

Liability attaches to whoever owns the trike as well as whoever is driving it when an accident occurs. So if the club owns the trike (name on the title) they cannot avoid liability by leasing it or selling it subject to a purchase money loan. Hire an experienced lawyer to help keep the club on this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: So I have been paying the rent we are both on the lease we broke up now how do I get her to leave?

She hasn't even offered any type of fent payment

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 7, 2021

You don't--at least not until the lease term ends. Why?

Because she signed the same lease that you signed which means she has just as much right to stay there as you do.

(This is a valuable lesson; I suggest you remember it.)

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: the teller deposited my stimulus check without my autorization on purpose, when I said I wanted it to cash out

so I went to the bank in the drive thru then the teller deposited my stimulus check without my autorization on purpose, when I said I wanted it to cash out . she did it because apparently my account had a pending overdrawn for $259 and at that moment I didn't know, so I said I want my check to... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 6, 2021

Sorry, your bank did nothing wrong here.

Your "right" to spend your money in the manner that you want to does NOT change the bank's right to grab any of your money flowing into the bank or into any of your accounts at the bank.

Explanation: It is called the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Tenant recvd text from pm that yr lease would not be renewed, after tenant recvd text, a week earlier stating it would?

Can a pm legally do this? Agree to renew a yr lease, then retract it?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 6, 2021

Yes. Tenants and/or landlords or property managers working for a landlord can say or text anything about lease renewal without binding themselves; the only thing that is binding is the actual written lease itself.

In this case it appears that the PM might not have had the owner's...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can I be forced to sign a lease after I've been renting without one since the property has been sold. Florida

The property containing my unit and 7 others in 4 duplex buildings has been sold. The rent shot up but I guess that's to be expected, the thing is the new owners are demanding that we immediately sign a lease. I and many of the others tenants have been here a long time and no longer have a... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 5, 2021

Building on the correct answer your received from Mr. Kaufman: Not only can the new owner "force" you to sign a new lease in you want to stay there; they can evict you on only 30 days notice if you refuse. So sign the lease or start packing.

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: i vacated my apartment in good standing but my landlord states that according to chapter 83.49 i forfeit my deposit

is that correct?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 1, 2021

No lawyer can help you or answer this question without seeing a copy of the written lease and hearing many more facts about your tenancy than you have related so far.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: What can I do when an attorney won't participate in a case management meeting & confer to develop a CM report for court?

Defendant filed a mtd 3 months ago in which he requested a stay on discovery and all pretrial events pending a ruling on the motion. Since a pending mtd does not create an automatic stay, nor does a pending request for one, I have attempted to schedule a CM meeting but opposing counsel refuses to... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 31, 2021

If as you say you are in a federal district court you need to know that federal court judges can decide motions without conducting a hearing-like they have to do in state courts.

So IMO, the most probable reason why there has been no action taken on the opponent's motion to stay is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can a landlord add a roommate with a pet without telling me?

I signed an individual lease over a month ago on a 1x1 in a shared 3x3 student housing apartment in Florida. The landlord sent me a text saying that I had a new roommate after she had already moved in. My lease had not started yet so I am not yet moved in. She signed the lease after I did and moved... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 31, 2021

Unless the written lease you signed forbids pets--or just forbids cats--you cannot force the other tenant out.

The law is unclear as to whether you will be able to get out of the lease--especially since you did not move in yet.

Advice: Don't move in because that will give the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: What can I do if my wife is refusing to sign refinance papers on our mortgage? The house is in my name but she is on it

because we are married. If that's the case, what can I do because her not signing is forcing me to have to pay the high mortgage, which isn't fair to me because she pays nothing

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 29, 2021

So long as you are married, if your wife's name is on the mortgage and the deed you will be unable to refi the existing mortgage loan without her signature and approval. Your wife cannot do that either--without your signature/approval.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: How can I find a pro Bono lawyer?
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 29, 2021

Google "pro bono lawyers in Palm Beach County"

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: I’m a server in Florida. Can an employer deduct your earned tips to pay their credit card fees?

I was not notified of this practice beforehand, and had to bring it up to my employer once I noticed the tips being deducted without my consent.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 28, 2021

The short answer is "Yes." And so is the longer answer. Why?

Because Florida is an “at will” state, which means private employers are free to hire, transfer, promote, demote, suspend, reinstate, fire and rehire employees for any reason at any time, i.e., “at will.” The...
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