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It's The Law: Sometimes Buyers Can Cancel Condo Purchase

Question: I have a contract to buy a new condominium from a developer. The developer made some changes and I do not like them. Can I cancel the contract? Answer: Chapter 718 of Florida Statutes is the ...
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It's The Law: Criminal Record Can Be Expunged

Q: I got arrested when I was 18 for disorderly conduct, but the charges were dropped. Recently, I applied for a job and my application was denied because of the arrest which happened over 40 years ...
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It's The Law: Statutory Interest Accrues On Debts Where No Other Interest Is Specified

Question: I have had a hard time collecting from one of my customers. Now, it looks like I will have to take him to court. It seems like I should be able to get interest on the money he owes me. Can ...
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It's The Law: Support Default Can Result In Jail Time

Question: My ex-spouse is supposed to be paying child support, but stopped paying when she got a new boyfriend. When that happened to one of my friends, the ex-spouse ended up in jail. Can I complain ...
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It's The Law: Support Of Other Children May Reduce Court Ordered

Q: A few years ago my girlfriend and I had a child. She had a lot more money than me and she never asked for child support. I have since married and have 2 other children. My former girlfriend is ...
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It's The Law: Sympathy May Not Help With A Judge?

Q: I lost a lot of money in a business deal and want to sue my partner. My attorney says I do not have a good case and suggests it would be a waste of money to pursue. I want to get the case to a ...
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It's The Law: Tax Free Life Insurance Trust Can Be A Great Idea

Q: I own a lot of real property and have a good income, but I do not have much in the way of liquid assets. I am worried about payment of estate taxes when I die and just paying the bills. There will ...
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It's The Law: Devising Homestead Can Be Tricky

Q: I am divorced and remarried. I want to leave our family home to the children of my previous marriage. A friend tells me that Florida has a lot of rules about how or who you can leave your home to ...
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It's The Law: Homestead Law Is Complicated

Question: I just moved to Florida and my friends tell me Florida homestead is a good thing. Can you explain? Answer: Florida's Constitution and statutes provide complicated protections and ...
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It's The Law: The Condominium Act Changes Considerably In 2010 Part I

Question: I understand our Legislature adopted significant amendments to the Condominium Act this year. Can you explain? Answer: This year’s Legislature made significant changes to ...
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It's The Law: There Are Many Different Types Of Deeds

Question: I know that real estate is transferred by a deed. However, I recently found out that there a lot of different kinds of deeds. Can you explain? Answer: Florida statutes provide that most real ...
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04/04/12 It's The Law: What's A Tenant To Do

Question : I am a tenant. It seems to me the landlord has all the power. The landlord tells me that if I do not do everything he asks, including things that are not in the lease, he will evict me. ...
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It's The Law: What Happens When Someone Is Stopped For DUI

Q: A friend of mine recently got charged with DUI. After meeting with a lawyer, he was told that he did all the wrong things during the stop. That has me thinking what are the right things to do? What ...
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It's The Law: There Are Many Types Of Alimony

Question: One of my friends got divorced and was awarded permanent alimony. Another friend got something called rehabilitative alimony. Can you explain the different types of alimony? Answer: Alimony ...
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