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Adam Troy Rauman

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  • Do we have any legal obligation to pay this bill?

    My stepfather had a month by month lease on a car. It was in his name, not the name of his family trust. He died and we returned the car; there was no mention of any additional fees or billings at that time by the dealer. Now, two months later, w...

    Adam’s Answer

    As the other attorney stated, you do not owe anything but his estate may. If you have an estate open, please work with your estate attorney. If you have not yet opened an estate, please contact an estate attorney to discuss this matter in greater detail.

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  • FL Attorney hired to probate my mom's estate (less than $50,000) died. What do I need to do?

    His office says no funds left in retainer. I am P.R. She died as a FL citizen, June 2012. can I distribute funds to the 4 heirs without further expense of new lawyer? Attorney filed documents for petition for administration of will. Final account...

    Adam’s Answer

    There is a Florida Bar procedure that should be followed by the attorney's office in the event of an attorney's death. If that attorney was a sole pactitioner, a new attorney should be coming in to handel the open matters and notify all of the clients. In order to move things along quicker, you may want to consult with a new local attorney about your specific matter.

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  • When my ex husband passed away recently I was paying him for company stock. He had no will but our son is his only living heir.

    Am I obligated to continue to make these payments

    Adam’s Answer

    Your obligation to pay for the stock does not end when the person passes away; your obligation shifts from the person to the person's estate. The personal representative with the approval of the beneficiaries has the ability to eliminate a debt. Until that happens, you must pay your ex-husband's estate.

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  • Inheritence

    it..If I get an inheritence can collection agencies or creditors take that money from me. If so what can I do legally to protect it. Advise Thanks Ron

    Adam’s Answer

    Asset protection and creditors can be a complex situation. There are several questions an attorney will have that will need to be answered before any advice can be given. Please call a local attorney to discuss your situation in greater detail.

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  • Turst funds protection

    How does a person get a trust fund protectedi

    Adam’s Answer

    Your question isn't very clear. From whom or what are you trying to protect the trust? There are a number of ways to "protect" assets. I suggest you speak with a local attorney about your specific situation.

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  • Is there any problem free way to leave my Florida homestead property to only one child in an estate plan?

    I have three other children to which I am estranged and I doubt that will change. I heard a Quit Claim Deed is not the way to go. I am hoping for something that would transfer ownership to said child if something were to happen to me. Although...

    Adam’s Answer

    You have a number of options including a Lady Bird Deed, a bequest in your Will and through the use of a Trust. To determine which transfer option is best for you you will need to speak with an attorney. Use the contact resources Avvo offers to find an attorney.

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  • Can a power of Attorney take our father to Hospice and sign a do not resuscitate order when he had good health .

    He was in the Hospital with the whole family and the Doctor gave him a clean bill of health , he told the whole family he was fine and could live 10 more years. The next day the Power of Attorney drove through three towns to Hospice with my father...

    Adam’s Answer

    Your father can sign a legal document so long as he has the capacity to do, An agent may sign document if the Power of Attorney allows the agent to do so. Also, a Health Care Surrogate could authorize a Do Not Resuscitate ("DNR").

    As to keeping you or other family member from seeing him; if your father has the capacity to direct hospice from allowing visitors, he can do so. If an agent has the authority via a Power of Attorney or other document, and believes it is in your father's best interest, they can prevent visitors from visiting. Should you have additional questions or issues, it would be best to call and attorney to discuss specifics about your matter.

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  • My friend's mother in law just died she had a joint checking account with a $1,000 balance. She left all of her other money to

    to strangers. The strangers refused to pay the outstanding bills, they say that credit card debt dies with the debtor and that my girlfriend is not responsible for any of her bills because her name was not on the utilities or any of the ...

    Adam’s Answer

    Assets that are jointly held with rights of survivor belong to the last living account owner without the need for probate. All other assets that are only in the deceased persons individual name are subject to probate. Debts of the decedent do not end when the person dies, they become the responsibility of the decedent's estate. Creditor's have a 2 year window to make a claim against an estate and may file a claim against the beneficiaries of an estate if assets are improperly transferred to the beneficiaries. Please contact a estate/probate attorney for further personal assistance.

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  • Transfer a deed from individual to an LLC

    I am a foreigner and my partner and I have a rental property in Florida. I own 70% and my partner owns 30%. I'm in the process of setting up an LLC and was wondering if it would be better to put my interest in the Operating Agreement of the LLC a...

    Adam’s Answer

    As a non-U.S. resident you are subject to various taxes that need to be considered when owning property here in the U.S. One tax you will want to avoid is U.S. estate taxes which will need to be paid in the event of your or your partner's death. Depending on which country you are from, it may not be as simple as opening an LLC, you may need multiple entities to truly protect you and your investment property. Contact a business law attorney to discuss your specific situation in greater detail. Only after an attorney understands all of the parameters of your matter will they be able to provide sound advice.

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  • Spouse has memory problems, which is better suited regular or durable power of attorney.

    Short term memory caused from required surgery, long term good. Able to take care of herself, just can't remember to take medications.

    Adam’s Answer

    She needs to have a durable power of attorney, health care surrogate, living will and a last will and testament. Her ability to sign all of the documents will depend on how bad her short term memory is. The attorney drafting the document and the notary will need to make the determination as to whether or not they feel she has the ability to execute the documents.

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