Terrence H Thorgaard

Terrence H Thorgaard

  • Bankruptcy, Business Law, Estate Planning...
  • Alaska, Florida
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I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where I practiced law from 1977. I was a municipal attorney for the first part of my legal career, and then switched to private practice. I conducted a general private law practice, with emphasis in civil litigation and bankruptcy. I also taught several college-level courses relating to various aspects of the law. In 2004, my family and I moved to Florida and have been here ever since. From 2011 to 2015 I worked for another lawyer in Walton County, assisting him in his office, especially with scheduling of attendance at real estate foreclosure hearings in behalf of secured creditors. I was admitted to the Florida bar in 2016.

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Probate
  • Tax Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • General Civil
  • Aviation Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alaska
Florida
9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Claims
U.S. District (& Bankruptcy) Court - Northern District of Florida
U.S. District (& Bankruptcy) Court, District of Alaska
U.S. Tax Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
Education
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
B.A. / History (1973)
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University of Puget Sound
J.D.
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1959 Questions Answered

Q. If a man and his girlfriend buy a house, and a year later, break up, can that woman show up 5 or 6 years later and
A: I assume that the man who bought the house with his onetime girlfriend is "you". If so, you and the ex-girlfriend are co-owners. If she wants the house sold, she will have to sue you for "partition", which normally means that the house would be sold and the court would figure out how to divide the proceeds.
Q. "HOLIDAY TIME-SHARING SHALL TAKE PRIORITY OVER THE REGULAR WEEKDAY, WEEKEND" what does it mean?
A: He gets the December 16-18 weekend, and the holiday period December 25-29. That's what "holiday time-sharing shall take priority" means. So yes, when a holiday period is more extensive than the regular monthly weekend visitation, he gets two visits in the month. I'm curious: Does the child/ children really go back to school on Friday, December 30th? Or does the "Winter break" include that date as well?
Q. I am purchasing a home but have a rental lease. Can I get out of lease or am I responsible for full term of lease?
A: From what you indicate, you are indeed responsible for the full remaining term of the lease.
Q. In Florida, if I make a private sale, have a bill of sale, do I have to claim the money received on tax return?
A: Florida doesn't have an income tax; are you asking about sales tax? I believe such casual sale is not subject to sales tax.
Q. Deed says husband and wife, but we are not married. How do we get it fixed?
A: Ask whoever sold it to you to re-execute the deed with the correct information.
Q. my ex initiated a mod with dor florida. he has an attorney do i need one or will one be provided by dor
A: No, an attorney will not be appointed to represent you concerning a motion to modify child support.
Q. If I file for child support in GA and the non-custodial parent stays in FL do I have to go to Florida for court?
A: First, it depends upon whether you file in Georgia or in Florida. Assuming that you file in Florida, it then depends upon whether the case can be decided short of trial; most cases don't go to trial but instead are resolved by default judgment or summary judgment. If, in the off-chance that the Florida case goes to trial, you very well may not need to testify; DNA evidence may be sufficient.
Q. I am 23 & live in Florida. My mother's spouse lives in Pennsylvania. Can he legally adopt me? And what is the process?
A: Yes, he can adopt you. The procedure, if he and you desire to file in Florida, is set out in statute. See Chapter 63 of the Florida Statutes: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0063/0063ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2016&Title=%2D%3E2016%2D%3EChapter%2063
Q. landlord asks for rent on the 21st of each month and is threatening not to renew my lease unless I pay?
A: He doesn't have to renew your lease. So if you do pay early, as he requests, it is possible that he will decide to renew. Perhaps you should offer to pay early on the condition that he first gives you a written renewal.
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51 Cross Creek Circle
Freeeport, FL 32439
USA
Cell: (850) 502-9724