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  • How to get discharged from the Army Reserves?

    My name is Stephen. I'm 19 years old. I've been in the Army Reserves since May 27th, 2014. I hate being in the Reserves. I also want to move out of state due to financial reasons and I want to go to this college that offered me a full ride. Howeve...

    Dennis’s Answer

    I am not aware of any prohibition against changing units because of a move to another location. Although this was many years ago, I joined the Army Reserve and within months of being assigned to a unit I moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. I was assigned to a new unit without a problem.

    If you take the scholarship and move, you may find that you are assigned to a unit based on the Army Reserve's needs and you may not have much option regarding MOS etc. Try the new unit with an open mind and maybe the different environment will change your view regarding your enlistment.

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  • Writ-of-possession / Clerk of court, Orange county, Florida. Tenant in foreclosed home. Bank has Title.

    Plaintiff made motion for writ-of-possession today, 3/26/2015. Will there be a hearing date set based on this action? How much time between motion for the writ and the granting of the writ by the court?

    Dennis’s Answer

    Quite often a judgment granting possession is entered without a hearing and then the clerk of court issues the writ of possession. It is quite possible that the next notice you receive is the actual delivery of the writ of possession giving you 24 hours to move out.

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  • They want to keep the deposits for a naturally occuring process. Can they do that?

    It appears "Efflorescence" has occured. It naturally happens but they are attempting to say we caused it and want to keep the deposits for damages. I need a lawyer.

    Dennis’s Answer

    You have to object to the Notice of Claim within 15 days.

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  • Animal Law issue. Can you answer please?

    Can you explain what replevin means and how I use it to get my dogs back.

    Dennis’s Answer

    I have provided a link to the statute chapter on Replevin. You probably need an attorney to pursue this matter.

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  • How do lawyers know who to depose? Is there a witness list?

    In general, how will a lawyer know which witnesses they should get a deposition from? Are they told ahead of time who the potential witnesses will be?

    Dennis’s Answer

    The decision to depose witnesses is based on a number of facts and the lawyer's litigation strategy. It also depends on whether the client can afford to pay for many depositions and extensive discovery.

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  • Can I buy/pay off the the mortgage of mom's life estate before it goes to foreclosure and put it in my name?

    Mom has a life estate which is now going for foreclosure as she has dementia and is a ward of the State, who has been taking all her funds. If I get guardianship, can I buy the life estate before it gets lost in foreclosure? I am not on the deed,...

    Dennis’s Answer

    I read your comment to the other answer and suggest that you have an attorney draft the deeds from the step brothers. Please do not use a generic Quit Claim Deed form for this type of transaction. I don't think you need to own the life estate because upon her death the home will be yours if you own the remainder interest.

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  • Title

    Our 26 years old lives with us and has his own car and title. Can anyone go against my liability and umbrella if he is in an accident? If yes, should we have both names on the title ? How should the title read, his name first AND/OR and then my n...

    Dennis’s Answer

    If the car is titled in his name only you should be free of liability where he has an accident in that car. His insurance will apply.

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  • My brother sponsored me to come to the USA, im thinking of returning back to europe but unable to sell my house here in USA.

    if i was to allow bank to reposess house would my brother be responsible for any debts i leave in the usa if i go back to europe?

    Dennis’s Answer

    I t depends on whether he was a borrower on the loan. Did he sign any of the documents? You should discuss the matter with a foreclosure defense attorney. You may be able to get a free consultation. Search Avvo legal directory and call a few attorneys to see if they can help you. You may be able to make some money by renting out the house while negotiating with the bank.

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  • I just received foreclosure paperwork, on my house, we havent been paying the mortgage what can i expect?

    my dumb husband lost his job, then got a new job making much less, we couldnt afford to pay the mortgange and having been paying it, we have just been served, our other house that we rent out because we are upside down was in foreclosure and we go...

    Dennis’s Answer

    Call around and you can probably find foreclosure defense attorneys that will meet with your or provide a telephone consult based on your specific scenario. Most of us provide a free consultation for that type of case.

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  • How do I proceed in an accident case that was the other guys fault but no ticket was given?

    The other guy went through a red light, slammed into the side of me totaled my vehicle, was apologizing to me until the police came, claims he went through a yellow light. I had 2 witnesses that left before the police came, I got their numbers and...

    Dennis’s Answer

    What is the value of your car? Small claims is for claims up to $5,000. Consider hiring an attorney to draft your Statement of Claim for small claims court and for some basic advice before filing. In Orange County the first step after filing is mediation. You may be able to resolve something with the other driver's insurance at mediation. If not you may have to go to trial. The problem you face is that the other driver's insurance will provide a defense so you will be up against an experienced attorney.

    Also, as another attorney mentioned, if you have any injuries the injury claim should be brought at the same time. If you have injuries you should find an injury attorney that will assist you with both the property damage and injury claims.

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