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Eileen D. Jacobs

Tampa Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Family Law - Does my mother have any recourse if she was cheated out of inheritance by the Executor of a will 9 years ago?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. Arica Lynn Braaten
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    4. Matthew Richard Conolly
    5. John Arthur Smitten
    5 lawyer answers

    It may well be too late, however, given the amount of money involved, I suggest that you consult with an experienced probate attorney in the county/area in which your grandmother resided at the time of her death. In that way, you will receive information specific to your circumstances, which is not possible in this type of venue. Eileen D. Jacobs, Esq. Office: 2505 W. Virginia Avenue Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 877-9600 Mailing: P.O. Box 14953 Clearwater, Florida 33766-4953 (727) 787-6595

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  2. My husband abandoned our family, and I am filing for divorce. What is the "Corroborating Witness" form for?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. William Charles Rosenfelt
    3. Carolyn Ann Reyes
    4. Lawrence Erwin Brownstein
    5. Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara
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    The corroborating witness form is only to establish residency. The statute permits your residence to be established by your Florida driver's license, so long as it shows that it was issued at least six months before the date that you file for divorce. You should be prepared with live testimony if you are wanting to establish facts through a witness. This means that if you want to present your mother's testimony on any issue other than residency, you should have your mother appear in court...

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  3. Response to divorce summons.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. William Charles Rosenfelt
    3. Arica Lynn Braaten
    4. Tami Lane Augen
    4 lawyer answers

    There is no filing fee charged by the Clerk of Court for filing an Answer to the Petition for Dissolution. There is a filing fee charged for filing an Answer and Counter-Petition. You can either prepare the Answer and Counter-Petition yourself or you may be able to hire a lawyer to only prepare the Answer and Counter-Petition (a limited appearance in the case and therefore not a large retainer; only the cost of the preparation of the pleading). Eileen D. Jacobs, Esq. Office: 2505 W....

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  4. Can you get a free divorce if your spouse is incarcerated in FL

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. William Charles Rosenfelt
    3. Carin Manders Constantine
    4. James W Chandler
    4 lawyer answers

    There is no free divorce unless you qualify as being indigent (poor). If you are indigent and file an affidavit of indigency, then the Clerk of Court in your county should waive the filing fee. Nothing in this post should be considered as specific legal advice, since the attorney has not been made aware of all of the facts and has not reviewed the pertinent documents. Further, this post is for informational and educational purposes and does not establish a lawyer-client relationship....

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  5. Court grants leeway to pro se, but don't both parties still have to follow standard family laws and rules of procedure?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. Tami Lane Augen
    3. Hernan Hernandez
    4. Lee Alan Thompson
    5. Geoffrey Hamilton Hoatson
    6. ···
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    That should not count as an "Answer" to the Petition, however, the reality that I see in the courts is that judges are fairly lenient when it comes to pleading defects in family law cases. Eileen D. Jacobs, Esq. Office: 2505 W. Virginia Avenue Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 877-9600 (813) 877-1500 (fax) Mailing: P.O. Box 14953 Clearwater, FL 33766-4953 (727) 787-6595

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  6. Asking questions as pro se in a deposition

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. Carin Manders Constantine
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    Since you are a party, you do not have to receive a subpoena to be required to attend a deposition. You only need receive a Notice of Taking Deposition, in order to be required to appear. As far as you asking questions, unless you are the one taking the deposition (you scheduled it with his lawyer's office and sent a notice to his lawyer), you do not get to ask questions. You only get to answer questions. Here is a link to some suggestions that may be helpful to you: http://www....

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  7. If my ex-wife is not meeting the terms of the child support order, what options do I have?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. Wendi L Hall-Gonzales
    3. John Arthur Smitten
    4. Majid Vasigh
    5. William Charles Rosenfelt
    5 lawyer answers

    You will need to file a Motion for Contempt and Enforcement or retain an attorney to do this for you. It is relatively simple and straight forward. In general, judges are not reluctant to enforce their orders. Many attorneys who post on Avvo offer free initial consultations. Nothing in this post should be considered as specific legal advice, since the attorney has not been made aware of all of the facts and has not reviewed the pertinent documents. Further, this post is for informational...

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  8. My mom died November of last year. I recently found a will that she wrote and signed.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Carol Anne Johnson
    2. Richard Allan Heller
    3. Eileen D. Jacobs
    4. Anastatia Quirk Ellis
    4 lawyer answers

    Based on the limited information presented, it would appear that the will would not be recognized as being valid. I suggest that you bring the document to an experienced probate attorney for review, so that you would fully understand your options on a going forward basis. Eileen D. Jacobs, Esq. Office: 2505 W. Virginia Avenue Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 877-9600 (813) 877-1500 (fax) Mailing: P.O. Box 14953 Clearwater, FL 33766-4953 (727) 787-6595

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  9. Is it possible to have back child support modified?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
    3. William Charles Rosenfelt
    4. Brent Allan Rose
    5. John Arthur Smitten
    5 lawyer answers

    Back child support, in general, cannot be modified, but the repayment terms may be able to be modified. I suggest that there be a consultation with an experienced family law attorney, who can review all of the pertinent court orders. In that way, there could be a specific answer to the question posed and not just a general statement that may or may not be applicable to your friend's case. Nothing in this post should be considered as specific legal advice, since the attorney has not been...

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  10. Divorce not finalized, but going ahead with the wedding ceremony. If no certificate is filed, is it bigamy?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Eileen D. Jacobs
    2. Leonore M. Greller
    3. James Richard Young III
    4. Joseph Julius Registrato
    5. John Arthur Smitten
    5 lawyer answers

    Absolutely not - unless you are having only a religious wedding, but are delaying the civil ceremony until your divorce is finalized. This means that you do not give your marriage license to the officiant (person conducting the ceremony on behalf of the state). It is not a question of filing the executed license. It is a question of the ceremony being conducted on behalf of the state. Talk to a lawyer before you cause yourself serious (and criminal) issues. Many attorney offer a free initial...

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