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  • Guardianship vs Custody, how are they different, how can I get one?

    My brother in law entrusted my wife (his sister) and I with his daugther so we can bring her to the US from Puerto RIco to get her a better school and get her away from a physically abusive boyfriend. She is now 17. I am moving to Maryland and the...

    Robert’s Answer

    You really cannot delegate your parental resposibilities through any kind of contract. So the documents you have, really are of no use. A court supervised guardinaship would terminate the father's rights as the parent over whatever decisions the court orders. Not good for the father. Can you go back to the school, and see if you can get her in with the father signing and agreeing to the papaerwork? Would be best if you can do it this way.

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  • In the states of Florida & Alabama, can the person holding the DPOA also be the executor?

    Property is held in both states.

    Robert’s Answer

    The DPOA has nothing to do with who can and should serve as the executor. A DPOA is only valid during the principal's lifetime. At death, it cannot be used any further. The executor is normally named by the deceased in their last will and testament, and can be the same person who served as the DPOA agent. There are separate rules that apply with respect to who can serve as the executor, but typically the one who is named in the will serves in that role. Hope this helps.

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  • I babysit my next door neighbor's kids for $ 80.00 a week under the table will i face legal issues

    i babysat for like 3 months at $80.00 a week and before that $60.00 a week for a couple more months

    Robert’s Answer

    All you need to do is include these amounts on your income tax return for the year. Talk with whoever prepares your tax return about it.

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  • What rights as an heir do I have to past financial documents?

    My mother left her estate to be divided equally among her 6 children. Her eldest daughter and only son are the executors. What rights do I have to past financial statements and record keeping?

    Robert’s Answer

    You should be able to request copies of the old financial information from the personal representatives to the extent they have them. As far as the financial activity during the probate process, you are entitled to an accounting, and can then request further information if needed upon review of the accounting. The accounting is required to be prepared by the personal representatives (executors). Hope this helps.

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  • How can I get my deceased grandmother's name off of a deed to a house?

    My sister put a house in my grandmother's name in 2003 in IL and she has sinced past away in August 2008 and the house is still listed in her name due to senior exemption for taxes. My grandmother resided in WI.

    Robert’s Answer

    You need to go through the probate process in IL. You need to engage a probate attorney in IL to help you get the new owners on the deed.

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  • I have no income for the past 4 years, do I have to file returns for those years?

    Lost job at end of 2002, was on unemployment for over a year, and have been struggling till this past year.

    Robert’s Answer

    Depending on your tax return filing status, there is income thresholds before your are required to file a federal income tax return. The income amount changes each tax year. You should check the amounts by going to the IRS' website at www.irs.gov. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to file your tax returns for each year. By filing you ensure that you are doing the right thing, and you assure yourself that you will get any stimulus money that you might be qualified for.

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  • Landlord lost my chasiers check

    My landlord lost my cashiers check even after I gave it to them personally. A week later I received a letters saying that they where going to add more fees because my rent wasn't paid. I talk to them and they agree that it was their mistake and no...

    Robert’s Answer

    You are doing the right thing by speaking witht he landlord about it, and I hope your landlord was thoughtful enough to wait until the bank could issue a replacement cashier's check. If I was the judge in an eviction case with the above facts, I would be very unhappy with the landlord. I hope this worked out just fine, and the landlord acted resonably. If not, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to speak with you further about what you should do at no cost.

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  • Permanent Power pf attorney

    For us the parrents of our 2 adult challenged children so we as parents can take medical and other decisions on their behalf

    Robert’s Answer

    Unless your children are competent to execute a durable power of attorney, there is only one way to obtain this legal authority. That is by commencing guardianship proceedings in court to ask the judge for the authority to make this decisions for your children as their legal guardian. You need to locate a local attorney who handles guardianship matters.

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  • I am experiencing extreme hardship with my rental property in FL, and need to know the best option(s) to stop the "bleeding".

    I am "upside down" on the property, can't get sufficient rent in my area to cover mortgage, taxes and expenses, and can't go on depleting retirement income (i.e. pension, social security and IRAs). I'm not familiar with Florida law re Short Sales...

    Robert’s Answer

    While your situation is common, the probable outcome is impossible to predict. If you are not generating sufficient cash flow to cover the expenses of these properties, you need to act immediately. Regardless of the outcome, you cannot consume your other resources to carry these properties. The best first step is to contact the lenders on the property and explain the situation. See if the lender can modify the notes to minimize the monthly payments, and maybe help with the taxes. A problem with speaking to the lenders is that they will not do anything to help unless you are at least 30 days behind in your payments. Its crazy that their policies will not enable them to deal with someone who wants to deal with the propblem right away. Anything you do will ultimately impact your credit one way or another, but consuming all of your other resources is not the best solution. Hope this helps.

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  • Grat?

    Once a grantor annuity trust is created, can it be canceled and returned to the grantor all of the investments? What would be the consequences?

    Robert’s Answer

    It may be possible to terminate the trust. It all depends on the parties to the trust, including the beneficiaries. Not likely that the grantor will receive all of the investments back. The remainder interest will need to be paid. You really need to review this with a qualified lawyer before you attempt anything with respect to the trust.

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