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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: my gf's mother is with holding access to all of her bank accounts what can she do

My Girlfriend turned 18 in march and in a bid to maintain control over her her mother refuses to give her sole access to all of them and remove herself from the accounts legally speaking what can my girlfriend do to stop this

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 23, 2020

Tell her to open a new account at the same bank as the joint account and then transfer her money from the jint account to the new account.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: My landlord & I verbally agreed on the terms for our lease renewal in July,they refuse send a lease & claim holdover

We've tried since July to get them to send us a signed Lease, but they never answer. They're never available for phone calls and claim were holdover tenants now. They posted an eviction notice this month and said our CDC Declaration doesn't apply. We've called, emailed &... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 23, 2020

Remember this ancient rule of law for the rest of your life:

You MUST get EVERYTHING in writing whenever talking to anyone about any real property (land and buildings).

This means that the verbal promise your landlord made way back in July to give you a new lease is unenforceable....
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: If my credit report says my auto loan is closed but finance company is harassing me can I walk away from car?

Can I walk away with no obligations in Ohio? It clearly states account is closed and the harassment and interest rate alone may kill me and cat is falling apart. I need nee car ASAP. Please help

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 20, 2020

1. FYI, your credit report status has nothing whatsoever to do with your auto loan status.

2. The lender can continue trying to collect from you until you pay off the car loan.

3. And finally, "walking away" will do no good either.

Again: You still owe the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: I work for a private doctor's office. The Dr. is requiring the staff to get tested for covid weekly on our own time.

Now they are requiring covid test results twice a week and we are not being compensated for the time we are taking to drive to test site, wait in line, take the covid test and wait for results. Is this legal?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 19, 2020

In light of the moment-by-moment changes being made to federal, state and local laws as all the governments try to handle all aspects of the Corona virus pandemic sweeping the world I have decided not even to try to give definitive answers to the scores of questions being posted by askers about the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for North Dakota on
Q: Hello, I have a few questions concerning a good friend of mine. A while back he out of the blue got a phone call from

His bank, informing him that they had a check in his name and wanted to know if he would like to deposit it into his account. Being really struggling with money in the first place, of course he said yes. And He then went and spent some of the money which the bank deposited into his account, a... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 19, 2020

No. You need to go find some money today and repay the bank before things get really ugly.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Motion to dismiss hearing?

Motion to Dismiss?

I scheduled a motion to dismiss the meeting for 30minutes and Plaintiff agreed to the meeting date, but not 30 minutes. In the agreed-upon date and time, the Plaintiff stated and agreed to meet for 15 minutes and not 30 minutes. Can the meeting be canceled on the grounds... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 19, 2020

There is no rule that says the parties have to agree on anything--much less the time allotted for a motion hearing.

If you are trying to defend yourself against a plaintiff who apparently thinks more about the chances of winning than you, do I advise you to stop right now and search for a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Banking and Intellectual Property on
Q: Can an idea be protected by virtue of intellectual property protection laws?

My idea is relevant to Banks and credit card companies.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 18, 2020

Yes, new ideas are the reason for having federal laws to protect "intellectual property."

Advice: If you want to protect your idea you will need a lawyer having experience in Intellectual Property law.

Caveat: This area of federal law is very difficult ro deal with,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: If the driver dies in a car accident in Florida, & they are driving someone else car with no license, who is responsible

I borrowed my girlfriends car. I told my sister she could use it to take her boyfriend home. She didn't & instead asked a friend to drive hin using my girlfriends car. The friend driving my girlfriends car wrecked & was killed. Would the owner of the car insurance cover the cost of... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 17, 2020

1. The short answer to most of your questions is that the insurance company that insured the car that was wrecked is the best source to get answers to all of your many questions.

2. Second guessing them I will only say that you and your sister and everyone else involved here have DIFFERENT...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can I be evicted if Management filed holdover due to lease expired and owner emailed me and said I could stay to Dec.

My lease expired in 2019 and I received a month to month lease with the expectation of purchasing the home but due to COVID everything was pushed back. Owner said I could stay until Pandemic is over. Sept. 11,2020 I received a notice to vacate October 31,2020. My lease states terminating this... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 17, 2020

1. No, you are no longer entitled to a 30 day notice because ALL the terms in your written lease expired in 2019 when your lease expired and thus are no longer effective.

2. You have nothing more that a month-to-month tenancy which can be terminated by 15 days notice.

3. Unless...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Can I get a refund on a cancelled vacation rental property?

We live in Illinois. We booked a vacation rental property on Captiva Island for Mar 28-Apr 4, 2020. The rental was facilitated VRBO; actual booking was with Dream Vacation Rentals (DVR). We cancelled due to Covid. The Illinois governor issued a "no leisure travel" order on March 20.... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 17, 2020

Mr. Zaretsky is correct: There is a viable cause of action under these circumstances and the civil litigation should be brought in the State of Florida.

However, as I have advised my financially injured clients over these past 42+ years here in Florida, before you pay a lawyer to mount up...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: My counsel filed a motion to withdraw. A hearing is being held via Zoom in one week. Can a this hearing be continued?

I need more time to familiarize myself with Zoom and consider retaining new counsel. Thanks

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 16, 2020

Rather than waste time trying to "familiarize yourself with Zoom" why not just seek new counsel? Why? Because most judges will NOT require a lawyer to stay in a case because there is an obvious conflict already.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: If I quit my job of 10 years, in mortgages for a bank, am I entitled to the PTO time I have earned. It’s. A lot.

I have close to 7-8 weeks vacation - I have had several requests denied and have been “leaned on” that I can’t first two weeks of month or last week of month so that leaves ....not much.

I’ve had no raise in 4 years. And have been lied as to why. It’s just because they can.I’m... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 16, 2020

There are several "related" issues here, the most important of which appears to be your PTO; so let me answer that question and then leave you with two other responses I see might be applicable here.

1. PTO: Being allowed to take PTO when you want it and being entitled to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Do I have any legal recourse to be repaid my inheritance that my ex took?

Do I have any legal recourse in getting my inheritance back from my exhusband in our divorce. While married I received a sizable inheritance that he borrowed/took and purchased himself a car, motorcycle and spent approximately 50k shopping. The motorcycle and car are in his name only.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 16, 2020

Yes, but you will need a lawyer to help you get the money back.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Q: Can I require my mini-storage customers to use auto-pay?

As a Mini-storage owner can I legally require my new and existing renters to be set up on auto-pay due to the imminent possibility of new lock-downs and Covid restrictions?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 16, 2020

Yes for all NEW customers; maybe for existing customers. Try giving them a discount?

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking on
Q: Bank error cause me to miss the last day i had to spend with my late dad

it was a new account, i was assure it wouldnt have any issues when it came time to access it and then on the day of my plans to spread my fathers ashes with my siblings, i wasnt able to access my account. i tried asking everyone i could at the bank and was eventually just ignored.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 12, 2020

There is no cause of action anywhere near here.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: I have a property owner financed under contract. It's in my name and I pay taxes. Guy disappeared. What do I do?

Guy was a state attorney and landed himself in trouble with the fed. Disappeared and no way to continue paying for this property. We did the contract through a local title company, so it's all legit. Property is in my name and I pay taxes on it. Is there a statute of limitations after a... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 12, 2020

I find it hard to believe that a title company would deed over a piece of property from the seller to the buyer without recording the note and the mortgage. However, that's just me and my proclivity to paying close attention to details.

I also find it hard to believe that you cannot...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: My family residence is being sold to a new landlord and they want to tear it down. What are our rights?

Our landlord has recently sold the property where the house that my family rents is located. At first, the new landlord said he would let us stay but just last week informed us that he's changed his mind and is going to tear the house down instead. Possession of the property doesn't... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 12, 2020

Rather than comment on your rights--vel non--under your existing lease please let me cut to the chase:

IMPO, if your lease is up at the end of January this would be a really great time for you and your family to start looking for a new place to rent. Why?

1. Because there is no...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Florida on
Q: How can I get a cremation certificate from my moms death from the funeral home in Wisconsin that cremated her?

My mother passed away in Feb 2018 in Wisconsin. My sister who was the assigned executor, also passed away in Sept 2019 also in Wisconsin. My mother did not leave a Will. She was a widow. I live in Orlando, Florida and I have my moms ashes. How can I get a copy of the cremation certificate from the... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 11, 2020

Hire a lawyer and pay them $150 to call the crematorium and get a copy of the certificate you want sent to you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: You My girlfriend and I just bought a vehicle together two weeks ago in Tennessee. It’s titled in both names and financ

Financed in both our names. You

My girlfriend and I just bought a vehicle together two weeks ago in Tennessee. It’s titled in both names and listed as her name first then “OR” my name second. She’s breaking up with me threatening to take the car to Alabama where she’s from and... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 11, 2020

You own at least 50% of the vehicle and can sell it at any time, with or without your girlfriends approval or signature.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I'm confused and about to lose my place because my job is not scheduling me to work. Need help or advice.

I was working a security job at one site and was not contacted over the weekend that I was to be moved to a different site. I started working the new site that following Monday was not put on the schedule. I worked Monday through Friday before and only worked 3 days last week. I was told I wild be... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 10, 2020

Unless you have an employment contract you have no options. 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 only...
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