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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Business Law for Florida on
Q: Can a local business refuse to accept a Certificate of Exemption (Florida) for a 501c3 nonprofit?

I’m on the Board with a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit, we have a consumers certificate of exemption for the state (Florida). We have been in operation for over a decade, and use our exemption certificate frequently to buy supplies for the nonprofit.

When I went in to purchase some... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Based on the information provided, it appears that the business owner may be misunderstanding their obligations when it comes to accepting a valid Florida Certificate of Exemption for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

According to the Florida Department of Revenue, a properly completed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Florida on
Q: Hi, we are a gift basket business in Florida. What are the laws about having items in a basket that are trademarked?

for example, If we put a book in a kids box is that allowed? What about things like legos or disney or another "known" company product in the basket if we are not claiming it as our own or that we made it?

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

When it comes to including trademarked items in gift baskets, the key considerations are the principles of trademark law and the "first sale doctrine." Here's what you need to know:

1. First Sale Doctrine: Under U.S. copyright and trademark law, the "first sale...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Florida on
Q: I have an enhanced life estate document that was notarized for my father's house. the notary acknowledgment may incorre

the notary acknowledgment may incorrect. The “forgoing instrument” is missing and it only says the person is known to me and produced a drivers license. Is that ok and is the document valid. I live in Florida.

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In Florida, the notarization of documents, including enhanced life estate deeds, must adhere to certain standards to ensure their validity. A key element of notarization is the acknowledgment section, where the notary confirms the identity of the signer and that the signer understands and willingly... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can my parents kick me(27), my wife(24), and my 2 year old son out w/o notice and with a verbal agreement to pay rent?

Im 27 male, I have been living with my parents since around August 2023 when my wife and I had a breakup. My wife and I have a 2 year old son that also lives with us. When i moved in with parents in august I was rent free but around mid January 2024 my wife and I started working on things and got... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

It sounds like you're in a challenging situation, and it's important to know your rights in this case. Even though your agreement to pay rent is verbal, you are considered tenants under most local housing laws. This usually means that your parents, as landlords, cannot evict you without... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: my new wife nancy has been ordered out of her room today without legal notice or any reason. we offered her to pay rent

rent for april but landlord refused it. we can be out y end of month but need time to make arrangements. what are our options

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your difficult situation with your landlord. It sounds very stressful to be ordered to leave without proper notice. Here are a few options and considerations:

1. Review your lease agreement carefully. Most leases require the landlord to provide proper written...
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2 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes, Health Care Law and Identity Theft for Florida on
Q: Are there lawyers who specialize in medicare identity theft

Mail from Aetna (Medicare plan) is delivered to my house multiple times over the last year or so, addressed to someone else.

I have also received three checks made out to me for claims made thru Aetna which I did not submit claims for. The first time I called Aetna and advised them and... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Yes, there are lawyers who specialize in identity theft cases, including those involving Medicare fraud. Given the severity of your situation, consulting with an attorney who has experience in this area would be a wise step to protect your rights and guide you through the process of resolving the... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Florida on
Q: My husband of 30yrs died and the bank says I have no right to the money in his bank accounts. We live in Jacksonville.

My husband was sick in Jacksonville so I came back from Colombia where I was visiting my family. He just died. But I'm not the Beneficiary on his bank account or any accounts. The bank says I cannot access any of the money in our account since my name isn't on. It. What rights do I have?... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Please accept my condolences for your loss. Because the bank account was in your husband's name alone, you will have to go through the probate process to gain access. As his wife, you have a right to inherit from him, but you will just have to go through the courts to have that taken care of... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Florida on
Q: My husband of 30yrs died and the bank says I have no right to the money in his bank accounts. We live in Jacksonville.

My husband was sick in Jacksonville so I came back from Colombia where I was visiting my family. He just died. But I'm not the Beneficiary on his bank account or any accounts. The bank says I cannot access any of the money in our account since my name isn't on. It. What rights do I have?... View More

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on Apr 16, 2024

I am very sorry for your loss on the passing of your husband, please accept my condolences for you and your family at this difficult and sad time. You will need to speak with a Florida Probate Attorney, based on the type of assets and their value will determine the type of probate that is needed,... View More

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4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Florida on
Q: My husband of 30yrs died and the bank says I have no right to the money in his bank accounts. We live in Jacksonville.

My husband was sick in Jacksonville so I came back from Colombia where I was visiting my family. He just died. But I'm not the Beneficiary on his bank account or any accounts. The bank says I cannot access any of the money in our account since my name isn't on. It. What rights do I have?... View More

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Apr 17, 2024

You should make a list of all assets that your husband owned at death. If your husband had a will then property would pass under that will. If he did not have a will, then the assets would pass under the intestate laws of Florida. As a spouse, if a will exists, you either can take under the will or... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Is it legal in Florida for me to rent out a property for vacation rentals if I'm renting it annually or renting to own?
Barbara Billiot Stage
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answered on Apr 16, 2024

That depends on the language in any documents you signed for the rental/lease to own, which we cannot review in this online forum. You would need to check these documents to see if there is a prohibition against subleasing and, if you are in a community association, you need to check with the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Florida on
Q: I was told I can’t receive my deceased spouse’s SS because I am the beneficiary of her pension and I can’t receive both?

My spouse is recently deceased and I was initially told I would receive her SS; but then I received a letter from SS administration stating that I won’t receive her SS because I am receiving her pension and I cannot receive both. Is this true?

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

In most cases, you can receive both your deceased spouse's Social Security benefits and their pension, but there are certain exceptions and rules that may apply. The two main factors that could affect your eligibility are:

1. Government Pension Offset (GPO): If you receive a pension...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: I was arrested for a petty theft where they Search me without permission and my belongings and then I gotta A drug charg

They later dropped the theft and now I have a drug charge is that still possible

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

Generally, yes. If law enforcement is legally conducting a search concerning one offense, and while doing so find evidence of another offense within the scope of the legal search, that can be charged. Even if the original offense is dropped.

However, you mentioned you may not have been...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: I was arrested for a petty theft where they Search me without permission and my belongings and then I gotta A drug charg

They later dropped the theft and now I have a drug charge is that still possible

Leonard Louis Cagan
Leonard Louis Cagan
answered on Apr 16, 2024

If you were being arrested the police can search you because you are being arrested. (Incident to arrest) They do not need your permission. To attack the search after the arrest will be difficult but not impossible. If the officer had probable cause to believe that you had committed theft. That can... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Tax Law for Florida on
Q: Can an international student who is taking a summer break in their country work for a company in their country?

How does that apply when it comes to working for a US Company that does Business both in the US and Brazil? What about a company that does business just in Brazil? Both positions are unpaid

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

The ability of an international student to work in their home country during summer break depends on several factors, including the student's visa status, the laws of their home country, and the policies of the company they wish to work for.

Regarding your specific questions:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: My wife was accused of discrimination at work at Starbucks

Way they went at it I feel they violated her rights

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

I understand that this is a difficult and concerning situation for you and your wife. Discrimination accusations are serious matters that can have significant consequences for all parties involved. It's important to approach the situation calmly and gather as much information as possible. Here... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Q: Can a Non-Profit organization have the President's Sister and Nephew sit on the board of directors and achieve Quorum?

I would like to know if a non-profit organization is compliant with IRS requirements for a 501(c)(3), if the board of directors is comprised of the

President, their sister, and their nephew in order to achieve quorum and be in compliance with 501(c)(3) regulations. Assume a scenario where... View More

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

Having a non-profit organization's board of directors comprised of the President, their sister, and their nephew raises concerns about private inurement and conflict of interest, which could jeopardize the organization's 501(c)(3) status.

Scenario 1: No compensation for board...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida on
Q: I sustained an injury at my previous job five years ago, and workers' compensation covered the foot surgery. I was out

I sustained an injury at my previous job five years ago, and workers' compensation covered the foot surgery. I was out of work for 10 months, but now, six months after separating from the company, I have a significant lump where the surgery was performed, and the pain has returned. Since I no... View More

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

The answer depends on a lot of factors. There are too many to list here. There is a 2-year statute of limitations to file a workers' compensation claim. Therefore, it is important to determine if your claim is still viable after 5 years. You need to determine if your case is still open or... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: I'm expected to comply to all conditions of my PTI contract or I will be violated and they will prosecute . But they

I decided to accept the states offer of a PTI basically for financial reasons after discussing my case with a attorney. I was informed that I would get early release if I completed everything and all fines, court cost,etc were paid by 90 day review or at 180 day review. I completed everything in 90... View More

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answered on Apr 15, 2024

It sounds like you're in a very frustrating and unfair situation. Pretrial Intervention (PTI) programs are meant to provide an alternative to traditional prosecution, allowing defendants to complete certain requirements in exchange for dismissal of charges. However, it seems the terms of your... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: I'm expected to comply to all conditions of my PTI contract or I will be violated and they will prosecute . But they

I decided to accept the states offer of a PTI basically for financial reasons after discussing my case with a attorney. I was informed that I would get early release if I completed everything and all fines, court cost,etc were paid by 90 day review or at 180 day review. I completed everything in 90... View More

Leonard Louis Cagan
Leonard Louis Cagan
answered on Apr 15, 2024

PTI is a good program that allows a defendant to earn a dismissal of a case by completing the agreed upon conditions. As mentioned by the previous attorney, it is a contract between the State and yourself. The terms of the contract dictate what happens. I trust you read the contract carefully and... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: if a defendant did not answer a specific interrogatory - who do I make them answer.
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answered on Apr 15, 2024

In Florida, you must first reach out to the defendant and try to resolve the matter; that is get him/her to agree to supply a better answer. If that does not work, then you need to do a motion to compel better answer(s) and send that along with a notice of hearing set before your judge. I suggest... View More

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