Florida Questions & Answers

Q: I have two kids of 13 & 15; father picks them up every two weeks, but he wants to live with 13. I don't agree next step?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
If you cannot reach an agreement with the father then you must go to court to settle the issue. You will then have a parenting plan which spells out each of your rights and responsibilities for the children.

Q: Was lied to about replaced transmission condition in used car sale and have proof. Would I win in small claims court?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Answered on Dec 17, 2018
Griffin Klema's answer
Attorneys are not likely to tell you your "chances" based on the information you provided since it's only one side of the story. You probably do have enough to file a lawsuit against your friend, but whether you win or not depends in large part on your credibility in front of the judge versus your friend's credibility. Who will the judge (or jury) believe? That's what it will probably come down to unless you have a document (text message, email) written by the friend that states in clear terms...

Q: Is it illegal for a 16 year old to date a 20 year old and same for a 17 year old dating a 21 year old?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Answered on Dec 16, 2018
Charles M. Baron's answer
Depends on what you mean by "date". If there's zero sexual activity of any kind, no legal problem.

If there is sexual activity, and the younger person ends up claiming something sexual was done without his/her consent, there is a risk of prosecution under the Fla. Statute that states:

"A person 18 years of age or older who commits sexual battery upon a person 12 years of age or older but younger than 18 years of age, without that person’s consent, and in the process does...

Q: Is my daughter's father allowed to make changes to her extra-curricular activities after years of not being involved?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
It appears from you question that he already has the right to visitation on certain weekends. If this is so, he will not have to take you to court; he can control her activities during the time he exercises visitation.

Q: We purchased 2 puppies from a pet store. One is sick with a genetic, hereditary skin disease that will require alot

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
It's called "Ask a Lawyer". What that means is that you are supposed to actually ask a question.

Q: How long does probate generally take? I'm visiting Florida for a week to handle my father's affairs. Is that enough time

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
No, depending on what kind of probate case you are doing it probably will take a lot longer than that. But in general you don't have to be present in Florida to " go through probate".

Q: What are my son's agent's legal obligations to him once we've signed? (He's an actor.)

2 Answers | Asked in Entertainment / Sports for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
It generally depends upon the terms of the agent's contract.

Q: I left out of state and my parents stayed in my apartment my landlord doesn’t want to add them to the lease

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
The landlord doesn't have to add your parents to the lease. Is your landlord threatening to evict them?

Q: Can a motion granted by the appellate courts judge, be dismissed by a bankruptcy court judge?

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
No, probably not. Your terminology makes your question somewhat confusing, but the order granted by the state DCA would probably not be subject to collateral attack in the bankruptcy court.

Q: am i still given homestead exemption and other first time buyer benefits if i have a co-signer in Florida?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Probably, assuming that the "co-signer" isn't actually a co-owner.

Q: How long will a grand larceny warrant stay active in indiana if no arrest is made?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Why didn't you ask your question in Justia › Ask a Lawyer › Indiana› Criminal Law ›? And what does this have to do with Florida law?

Q: If something is dismissed with prejudice, does that mean we can't appeal at all?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Charles M. Baron's answer
No, it means the Court has ruled you can't re-file a complaint/petition on the same matter in that same Court. Whether a dismissal is with prejudice or without, a final order of dismissal may be appealed within 30 days. Also, a motion for rehearing may usually be filed in the Court that issued the ruling, and if so, the 30 days to appeal will not commence to run until the disposition of the motion for rehearing.

Q: Once an insurance agency says it'll pay to cover expenses, can they revoke it?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Charles M. Baron's answer
Depends on what you mean by "says". Also, I think you mean insurance company, not insurance agency. An agency is just the entity that sells the insurance. Regarding what the insurance company "says", nothing is 100% definite until there is a signed document setting forth the agreed-upon settlement arrangement. On the other hand, if there is at least a written representation of their promise, such as a letter or email from an insurance adjuster, the odds are that they'll stick to that...

Q: If my ex is behind in His Alimony payments can he be forced to sell items to keep me from becoming homeless.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 13, 2018
Mr Eric Klein's answer
You should file a Motion for Contempt/Enforcement AND notice it for a hearing. The judge has many options to get you your money, one of which is for him to liquidate assets. I hope this helps. Good luck!

Q: Would that be the assistant to the judge of the original divorce case. We have not been assigned a judge yet.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Wherever the case is currently pending. If the case is filed then there is a judge assigned.

Q: Can a city government impose exorbitant civil fines on a senior citizen FL homesteader with income below poverty line?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Elder Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Charles M. Baron's answer
Her homestead status protects her from foreclosure/eviction, not from fines. Also, her age does not protect her from fines. She needs to hire an attorney (or see if the local Legal Aid/Legal Services office can represent her) to contest the code violations at the hearing. Often, the code enforcement officials are willing to reach a settlement with the "violator", and having an attorney contesting the matter would give her more leverage in settlement negotiations.

Q: IM ASKING A QUESTION BECAUSE THE OTHER DAY DEC. 10 2018 I RECEIVED A COURT NOTICE

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Florida on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Barry W. Kaufman's answer
There is a judgment against you for the difference between the amount of the loan that you owed at the time the insurer paid, and the amount the insurer paid. The creditor is attempting to garnish your pay to pay the judgment. The first thing that happens is a writ of garnishment is served on your employer. Your employer has 20 days to respond to the writ of garnishment. The creditor will send you the motion for the writ of garnishment, the writ, and later, your employer's answer. The clerk is...

Q: I believe my broker is defrauding me and I suspect that other clients are being similarly defrauded. How do I contact

1 Answer | Asked in Stockbroker Fraud for Florida on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Mitchell Feldman's answer
You obtain the assistance of a lawyer to review the claims and he or she will assist in this regard if there is a claim to be brought. I would not worry about a class let’s start with what happened to you and whether there is a chance for recovery or a claim against the broker at issue. If there’s a class action generally you cannot profit from the Harm or injuries to others so although you would potential he be awarded A service award Consult a lawyer and get legal advice on whether there...

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