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Q: Schedule a Special Set Hearing

I have been attempting to schedule a special set hearing for a Motion to dismiss for a few months, but the opposing party continues to state they have COVID 19 complications and will not be able to present their opposing motion. Can I schedule the hearing? Or do I have to wait for the opposing... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Jan 19, 2021

These are very unusual times--and thus require using unusual means to get things done in the judicial system.

I suggest re-filing your motion as an "Unconsented Amended Motion to Dismiss" together with a SEPARATE motion requesting a hearing date be set. Explain at the very onset...
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Q: Motion for an extension due COVID 19

The plaintiff would like to schedule a special set hearing, but my husband has contracted COVID 19 and is not able to participate in a hearing. I am attempting to assist so he does not lose the case. Do I have to select a date for him since he is not doing well due to COVID 19 or should we contact... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jan 17, 2021

The first step is to ask the other side to agree to a later date. If they agree, the problem is solved.

If they don't agree, and the other side goes ahead and notices the hearing, your husband would need to file a motion for continuance (postponement) of the hearing, and, if...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Motion for Enlarged Extension?

I had a special set hearing scheduled and the plaintiff filed a motion for an enlarged extension of time due to COVID 19. Can I make the plaintiff produce medical documentation if I believe they are lying and just attempting to delay the hearing?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Jan 12, 2021

No. Teaching opportunity: The last thing any court wants to see in pro se litigation are pro se litigants expanding

very simple disputes into major litigation. You are trying to do something that (a) is not helpful to your case; (b) does not matter; and (c) might anger the judge. You can...
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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 »

Richard Paul Zaretsky
Richard Paul Zaretsky
answered on Nov 16, 2020

This is a great question.

And actually the answer is simple.

Did the seller of the service perform? No.

Did you prevent the seller from performing? No.

Did you pay for a service and not receive it? Yes.

You are entitled to a full refund.

It gets...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Florida on
Q: Do I have a case if I had to cancel my wedding contract location due to Covid-19 mandates and the owner will not refund

wedding location in safety harbor, florida was booked before covid-19. Contract states no refunds, but due to the pandemic and rules over 10 guest are not allowed in a vacation rental in pinellas county...... I was told I could use the credit within a year of scheduled event that would have taken... Read more »

Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus
answered on Sep 25, 2020

The answer to this questions depends on what you want to do. On the one hand, if the contract clearly states that there would be no refunds in any circumstance, probably you cannot ask for a refund. However, if there is a force majeure clause or a similar clause making exception you could be able... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: What type of attorney would I retain for a small claims issue?

My ex boyfriend refused/refuses to return my fathers ashes. I live in Florida and he lives in Texas, and with the covid travel restrictions I cannot travel there to file a claim against him myself, but I’ve read an attorney can do so for me. He’s said the ashes were disposed of but I can’t... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jul 21, 2020

Whatever type of attorney is needed, he/she must be a member of the Texas Bar in order to represent you in Texas court. Unless your ex took the ashes from Fla. to Texas, he would have to be sued in Texas. Also, if Texas Court's operate the same as Florida's, you don't have to... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: My attorneys are in possession of responsive documents to defendant RFPs and have not provided my production.

I am the plaintiff in a fraud case against a bank and other defendants. Defendants have justifiably submitted RFPs. Case began in 2017. My computers, phone and ipad were imaged to retain document integrity. My first law firm procrastinated providing any of my documents, emails, contracts and other... Read more »

Seril L Grossfeld
Seril L Grossfeld
answered on Jul 20, 2020

If your documents are on a hard drive it is likely there are alot of documents. Your attorney has to review and possibly redact information from your documents which would take considerable time. I do not know if your attorney has filed an objection to any of the documents requested since there... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: I’ve been a subtenant for 1.5 years. I was given 24 days notice to move during COVID... paid services being turned off.

Tenant told me my sublease is illegal and landlord doesn’t even know I live here. She gave me a notice to leave by May 30. Then verbally changed it to May 14... she won’t give me this is writing. THEN I heard her on the phone switching services back into the landlords name for the 11th. I’ve... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on May 10, 2020

Get an attorney, of course - not scrounge around for on-line advice. If you can't afford the hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars for representation by a private counsel, contact your local Legal Services or Legal Aid office - one of their main areas of work is landlord-tenant. If you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Florida on
Q: A municipality enacted more aggressive measures than the state in regards to their Covid-19 response, can they be sued?

A city and county forced all timeshares closed as part of their Covid-19 response. The state did not close timeshares via their directive. Our particular timeshare has each unit/week deeded and the owners pay their share of the relevant city/county taxes. The city and county have blocked owners... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on May 1, 2020

I agree with Mr. Minnick. You'd have to seek a Court ruling that the municipality's action is not legally valid, and to do that, you would need to challenge the constitutionality of the action. There are various "levels of scrutiny" that the Courts use to determine if the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Can I refuse to make a telephonic appearance for a hearing for Motion For Summary? The courthouse is closed due to Covid

I have a court date for 4/13/20. I received a voice mail 4/3/20 from the judge's assistant requesting I call her back so that she can give me instructions on how to do to a telephonic appearance. I have not called back. If I don't call back for instructions, will the judge issue a default... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Apr 7, 2020

If you were the judge in your case, wouldn't you rule against the party who was formally noticed for hearing and refused to communicate with the Court after the Court left a message on a working voicemail? If you do not cooperate, the Court will likely grant the summary judgment motion and... Read more »

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