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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Consumer Law for Texas on
Q: Can my bank refuse to speak to an attorney that I retained to help handle my finances?

The customer service person said he needs to be granted a power of attorney first. I find that ridiculous. He is my attorney on retainer. They HAVE to work with him in that capacity- right?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 18, 2019

No they don't. This rule is very common in the financial industry. Why?

Because--other than your assurances--the bank has no other way of knowing the lawyer is who he says he is.

Stop and think this all the way through: The bank is protecting you--and all your money on...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Florida on
Q: I want to sue a mobile auto repair company and the mechanic. Which area of law does this come under?

My SUV wouldn't start. I hired a local mechanic who works for a company based in California. Because I had to turn the ignition key and wiggle it to start the SUV, I suggested that may be the problem. He replaced the ignition switch (claimed he had to put in a new housing, too). He said my problem... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 18, 2019

You may have a claim against the mechanic--but probably not against the California company. The company will say the mechanic is an independent contractor and is liable for his own mistakes. I suggest you call the Clerk of County Court in your county and ask for copies of the forms used for cases... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My mother passed and left the house to me 100% her household items are in trust 50/50 to me and my brother

.. I have been boxing things up and have asked my brother and his kids to come and take anything they want..as there is nothing I must have... I have even offered to put what my brother wants in the garage until he can come get it... Yet he is telling me I am doing this too soon for him and I must... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 18, 2019

No, there is no law or rule that control this family situation. If it was my problem I would box EVERYTHING up and put it some small storage unit somewhere near where your brother and his family live. It cannot cost the estate more than $75 per month to do it; and even if it sits there for a year... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: which skill did jamestown colonists learn that supported permanent settlement

which skill did jamestown colonists learn that supported permanent settlement

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 18, 2019

This is not a legal question--and it is certainly not a question about "sexual harassment" in Florida. Please try Google.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts on
Q: Can a cash advance website legally trap you in a online page with the only way out was to sign the contract

just went to Advance America's website and wanted to see how I qualify for on a long-term loan but instead of just showing me how much it instantly put me in the sign the contract page with no back button or any way to back out the only option was to sign the contract

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 15, 2019

Say what? You say there was no way to get out of the website--other than signing the contract?

This is either the most unusual situation I have ever encountered on the Internet--or it is the most ridiculous excuse for wanting out of a signed contract imaginable. The next time you get...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Florida on
Q: disabilities act ignored in request to withdraw a document signed while intoxicate, I'm an alcoholic/have medical docum

I have been diagnosed with mental health and alcoholism, I signed and notarized a document coerced, manipulated and pressured by my wife. while I sent it to her, without my lawyers approval or review, I trusted my wife, again, I know, so she used me and manipulated me, she knows how very well.... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 15, 2019

First the Good news: Everything you said about chronic alcoholics often being unable to think clearly, or understand what they are doing, or why they are doing it, or understand the effect of what they did, or understand what they should or should not be doing, etc. is 100% correct. And most books... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Q: Why the IRS is only coming after me for 2013 back taxes?

At the end of 2013 I went to prison for 2 years, It was not til 2015 or so I started recieving letters from the IRS saying I owed the money. My question is, why are they only coming after me and not my ex-wife also for a joint return? I also had a help getting into a CNC or is it NCN, but I want to... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 15, 2019

Since you are dealing with the IRS, the best and fastest way to "get this off your to do list" is to pay the taxes, penalties and interest due for the year 2013. If not, the IRS will keep hounding you for the next 4 years, i.e., until 2023--because that is how far they can go back--unless it is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: If a 14 year old minor has a baby, who has custody of the baby? Can the minor’s parents stop father from seeing baby?

If a 14 year old minor has a baby, who has custody of the baby? Can the minor’s parents stop the father of the baby from seeing the baby if the minor disagrees and wants the father to see baby?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

Call the Florida Department of Children & Families to help you sort this out.

2 Answers | Asked in Antitrust, Banking, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Alaska on
Q: law school as difficult as people think?
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

More difficult

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: Settlement agreement and pension distribution.

Alimony Settlement was to be of X amount deposited directly into a bank account (per court order). Pension was X amount and IRA set up to receive. Ex decided to withdraw both pension distribution and alimony settlement from pension. Pension rolled over no issue.

Alimony amount was... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

The alimony amount agreed to in the settlement agreement is enforceable in a court of law. The issue of who pays the bank's early withdrawal fee is not your problem. If you have a lawyer, call them. If not hire one.

2 Answers | Asked in Collections for Florida on
Q: what can a collections lawyer do with a eviction case from 2016.. Can they take me to jail?

They told me they could put a hold on my person. I explained to her that due to bad health and being unemployed that I couldn't pay the fee that started out at $2184.84 then they said the lowest they could go was to $700. When I asked for documentation regarding this she said they didn't have to... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

Do not pay these people anything. Because they are willing to "compromise" the amount due so much the old debt is probably unenforceable--unless you make ANY new payment. If you pay anything, they can come back for everything.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law on
Q: I'm 72 I want to transfer my home to my son who will allow me to live rent free in it.Can I do this. Robert

My lawyer says because of my age my son must charge me rent,is this true

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

Since you and your son are DIFFERENT people there are two ways to analyze this proposal:

1. If you deed your home over to your son free that might trigger a taxable event--against either or both of you.

2. If your son allows you to live there rent-free, that decision will trigger...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking on
Q: Can a 2nd lieutenant have access to his bank accounts and video calls while on deployment?
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

This answer to this (non-legal) question sounds like it might be found somewhere within the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Try asking a member of JAG.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for Florida on
Q: My bank owes me $50 and its been a year. They keep giving me the run around. What are my options ? Can i gain interest?

Bank suntrust

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

You have several options--none of which include suing SunTrust Bank for $50.

If SunTrust charges service fees on your accounts consider moving all of them to another bank that does not charge service fees. That switch alone will get your $50 back in no time, plus it will deprive SunTrust...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: What is the statute of limitations on a breach of contract claim from a bank in Tennessee and Florida?

A national bank from an account in Tn in 2010 claimed Breach of Contract from overdraft/late fees on an account that was thought closed. In 2012, the bank sold the debt to a collections agency. Now, a (different) collections agency is attempting to collect on the debt plus huge amounts of interest... Read more »

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

Either two, three or four years. So if I were you I would work within the two year possibility.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Married to an illegal for 10 months in Florida. She has a 3 year old am I elligable for alimony or child support?
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 14, 2019

First the law: If the child was born in Florida the State of Florida has jurisdiction and will do whatever is in the best interest of the child. That means the mother is primarily responsible for the child's welfare. Now for the bad news: if you are the father, that means Florida will enforce... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: A man I never married signed my son's birth cirtificate at his birth. My Petition for DNA was denied.

Now there is a non jury one hour trial to determine paternity and related relief. What does this mean?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 13, 2019

Translation: It appears that the man who filed the paternity suit is either trying to establish that he is the father of your child or that he is NOT the father of your child. In either event you should plan to attend--ether with a lawyer or not.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: I live in a mobile home park can my landlord deny my pitbull emotional support dog ?
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 12, 2019

If the mobile home has rules against having pit bulls than you cannot expect them to bend the rules just because you claim the pit bull is you "emotional support" dog. Why not go get a different breed of dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: What kind of lawyer do i need to get a declatory jugement for a moped
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 12, 2019

Unless your moped is a very rare valuable make and model the cost to do what you are talking about would exceed the value of the moped.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can a custodial parent move with a child more than 50 miles away from a non-custodial parent w/o permission?

The parents were never married. There is no custody agreement. The non-custodial parent is on the birth certificate and there is a child support order. Non-custodial parent is in compliance with support order.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 12, 2019

Unless there is some sort of Judicial Order that speaks to this (incendiary) issue you may be able to relocate; however, after 41 years of watching stuff like this I would be remiss by not telling you that custodial parents who take the child far away from the non-custodial parent are asking for... Read more »

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