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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on
Q: 16 yr old girl wants to transfer custody herself from her mother to a cousin. Mom thinks she has 2 chips in her head.

She thinks neuro link put a chip in her head to help her with her physical disability.she says the chip is not just a medical device but she also has the A1 part thats she didn't sign up for. She says its was a trial. She didn't eat for a month and drank water . She dropped over 100 lbs.... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 4, 2020

If DCF went to your cousin's house, they may already be working on it, but to be sure you should talk to your cousin about contacting DCF to make the change of custody happen.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Florida on
Q: My uncle died March 23rd 2012. I had forgotten until recently that I was his beneficiary. He had Alzheimer's.

I was never contacted. I know he had family up there that probably handled his things. I don't have contact with them. I'm wondering if too much time is passed to find out exactly what happened. I know that he had a will. When he got my personal information from me to a fix me as his... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Dec 4, 2020

You should contact a probate attorney "up there", in whatever state that is.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Q: My husband and i have been married for 3 years. Am i entitled to anything?

We’ve never combined bank accounts. He’s been married three times and he’s always insisted on being the provider. Even our therapist has suggested he let me pay for stuff and he won’t let me. Am i entitled to anything if we split? He’s been deceptive and untrustworthy and at this point... Read more »

Michael David Fluke
Michael David Fluke answered on Dec 4, 2020

The answer is yes. Regardless of your name not being on bank accounts or retirement accounts, you are entitled to half the assets accumulated during the marriage. Depending on the finances, you may also be entitled to some short term alimony to help re-establish yourself as a single person. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Can my co-worker sue me and does he have a strong case?

1. Several days ago, I was working a late shift at my workpalce. I was let go at an earlier time than scheduled and I was worried that I didn’t get permission to go from the right person. I saw a coworker, sitting down in the breakroom and I thought he could help. He told me that only a lead... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 3, 2020

No and no.

Advice: Go back to work and quit looking for potential partners among your co-workers; why? Because those kinds of temporary relationships never bring anything except bigtime trouble for all involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Florida on
Q: Help!! I think my family has stolen my inheritance!!!

My brothers and I received a generic letter and check in the mail stating the estate was closed but we never saw the will or signed anything. What do I do? The checks we received bounced also.

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert answered on Dec 3, 2020

Sorry for your loss and please accept my condolences. You should start by checking in the county where the estate probate was filed, you can get all the estate documents from the clerk of the court, but you should have received notification from the estate attorney/personal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is there any chance to get custody of a child back when u lost battle when she was a baby?

I lost custody of my child and didn’t have any representation in 2013 the year she was born. She was taken from me and I wasn’t in a great place to get her back. Now I live in Florida and own my own home and am married with two boys. She would have her own room and want her in my life I feel... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Dec 3, 2020

You do not say how you lost custody. If your parental rights were terminated then there may be no recourse. On the other hand, if 100% timesharing was awarded to the other parent then you can go back to court for a modification. Speak to a local family law attorney.

Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: is it legal for a job to have you come in under the impression of being hired and then tell u it was a trial?

I went to an interview on Monday and was asked if I could start the next day. I came in on Tuesday and worked 9 1/2 hours at the end of the day I was told that it was a trial and that I would be called back if they decided to continue on with the employment. I was not paid for the time that I... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 3, 2020

It is not illegal for an employer to trick you into coming in to work without telling you your first day would be a "trial period." However, it IS illegal for them not to pay you for the time you actually worked.

If you are not paid for the hours you worked you should report this...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: Looking for a lawyer to help with getting child support.

Father is required to pay but is working the system, going on vacations working his non profit business keeping it from child support. Court ordered but working the system

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Dec 3, 2020

Most jurisdictions have an entity that helps enforce child support at no cost to you. Contact a local legal aid agency and ask about child support enforcement.

Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Good Day, Is their a way i can take a dna blood test for a child I'm on child support for, that i have never saw?

2004 was told by ex girlfriend i wasnt the father of the child. Come September 2014 I got served papers while living in another state. I Filled out the paperwork saying i want blood test for the child. I dont think that I'm the father. Come January 2015, money start coming out of my check,and... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Dec 3, 2020

You need to look at the pleadings that were filed in 2014-15 to see what the determination was regarding paternity. Depending on what they say you may have a problem because you have waited so long to challenge the finding (at least in court). It is very difficult to recover child support that has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Q: My son wants to present his stepdad with papers to petition for him to adopt him for Christmas. Where can I get them

I’m his biological mother and his father is deceased since 2015. I do have the death certificate. My son is 17 and has asked me to help with this. I’m willing to give my consent. I just need the paperwork for him to petition and don’t know where to find it without him knowing until Christmas.... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 2, 2020

Google petition for adoption in Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I was recently terminated and I am sure it was due to discrimination but was covered up by a probationary termination..
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Dec 2, 2020

You did not ask a question, but I assume your question is, "Can I make a claim?". Probationary termination cases are tough, since the employer needs no reason whatsoever to terminate, but at the same time, the your race, sex, age, national origin, etc. cannot legally be the reason for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Can an inmate sue for a Corrections Officer's deliberate indifference?

Early in the morning while inmates were asleep, one inmate took a broom and broke it over the face of a sleeping inmate. Then took the broken end of the broom and hit another inmate sleeping in the next bunk across the head. As other inmates close to the area woke up, the offender paced back and... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 2, 2020

Perhaps. But all these internal disputes between inmates are very difficult to prove because each inmate's stories keep changing all the time.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Florida on
Q: Is it legal to sign a vehicle over to a dead persons trust

My mother in law died my boyfriend is trying to make me sign a truck into her name so he can set up a trust on her behalfHe has no liscense and her will hasn't even been submitted and it's been a year is this legal and can the vehicle be registered and driven by him just because the trust... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 2, 2020

the whole idea sounds very flakey. First, he can't establish a trust having as beneficiary a dead person; nor can a trust naming her as trustor be established after her death either. And, of course, even if such a trust were to own the vehicle. that would do nothing to allow him to drive it.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Florida on
Q: Can you stop going to therapy in the city you lived in and switch the a therapy location closer to where you live now?

So I got an evaluation in the city of where I was charged for minor possesion and it's hard for me to commute there from the city I currently live in. Is there any way I can start at a new program closer to where I live and not get hit with failure on first attempt?

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Dec 2, 2020

Your issue is a criminal defense issue, not probate. Probate concerns the settling of the affairs of a person who has died. Talk to the person or office to whom you are supposed to report for your therapy.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights, Construction Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I'm being told that i can not work in a community because a HOA board member doesn't like me.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 2, 2020

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. As a general premise in any type of discrimination matter, one usually needs to demonstrate violation of rights as a protected class. There aren't a lot of details to go by here, but based on these brief facts, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Florida on
Q: After 30 days of being on hold from another county what is the process of inmate being release if it was vop

My brother violated with a misdemeanor traffic charge it’s his first vop and Columbia county gave the crime time served only problem is dec 4 will be his 30th day lock up without them coming to get him what would be the process of having him released or who could I talk to about him being... Read more »

Jonathan Blecher
Jonathan Blecher answered on Dec 2, 2020

You should retain an attorney to seek a bond on the probation matter, or release on recognizance, with the judge and prosecutor on the probation case.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on
Q: Can my employer tax me on my check for a gift $100 card they give me for the pandemic?

Publix, tax us on gift cards. They don't add $100 to our check, they give us gift cards then weeks later tax us on it. I live paycheck to paycheck, giving me a gift card and turn around and tax me. I can't pay a bill with that. And we have to use there and can't get another gift card... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 1, 2020

Regardless of how you try to frame it the fact remains that you received a $100 gift that can be use to purchase something with at Publix. Under IRS regulations Publix MUST either pay the tax for you or pass it along to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My 1.5 year old son has my last name, but I am not on the birth certificate. How do I go about getting shared custody?

My son’s mother threatens to leave the state and never allow me to see him again. I want to be on the birth certificate and have shared custody. She does not cooperate.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Dec 1, 2020

You need to file a Petition for Paternity with the court. You will then get a timesharing schedule, your name on the birth certificate, and mom will not be able to relocate without permission.

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3 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for Florida on
Q: How can I renew a trademark that expired on July 2020?

Reef Chicks is registered to an ex co-owner of the company. I need to renew the trademark and have the owner name changed.

Bernard Samuel Klosowski
Bernard Samuel Klosowski answered on Dec 1, 2020

A petition to revive an abandoned registration might be an option, but there are time limits involved. A revival petition must be filed no later than 2 mos. after the expiration notice (so that seems to have been September based on your July date). But if the registrant didn't receive the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Does disclosing a mental illness related disability to my employer offer any protection to your position?
Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson answered on Dec 1, 2020

In a sense, yes. This is always a tough decision. If you ever need to bring a claim against your employer based on your disability but did not disclose to them you had the disability, your claim may be jeopardized.

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