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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
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • German: Spoken, Written
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
B.A. / History (1973)
University of Puget Sound
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2708 Questions Answered

Q. Nonmaterialized promises of promotion?
A: No, not really, IMO.
Q. Is FL strict on misclassification labor laws. i.e Employee/Independent Contractor
A: If you loose your job and you file for unemployment insurance, the Department of Workforce Development will determine whether you were an employee and are qualified for unemployment insurance. They won't just take the employer's word for it.
Q. I was sexually propositioned at a job interview. What can I do?
A: it depends on the circumstances. Did you communicate that you didn't want to have sex? Did the dog exhibit any aggressive behavior?
Q. Small claims question
A: Yes, if you get a judgment in small claims court, it will include your court costs (filing fee and service of process).
Q. married but separated. at time of separation I got pregnant by someone else. can my bf do a step parent adoption ?
A: Once you are married to him, yes. You will need to be able to give notice to the biological father.
Q. What are the rights of a deputy against searching a transgender person of the opposite sex?
A: I assume you are referring to the Prison Rape Elimination Act, a federal statute. If so, your use of the phrase "the PREA act" is redundant (in the same way "Rio Grande River" is redundant). Also, instead of "insinuating circumstances", I assume you mean extenuating circumstances. Finally, an expensive collection of resources on PREA is here: I see nothing about searches of transgender individuals. But if the deputy was ordered to conduct the search, he or she should have done so, or probably will appropriately face disciplinary action. If, on the other hand, the individual to be search demanded to be searched by a person of the "opposite sex" (and with respect to a "transgender" individual, what that means is not clear), that demand probably won't carry as much weight.
Q. What can I do legally if my child was molested by other child? Both children being 6 years of age.
A: If there are any significant damages (medical or psychological), you could consider suing the other child's parents.
Q. My granddaughter had a 3 year old daughter she passed and the boyfriend took child out of home is that legal?
A: There are several details you have not supplied: 1. Is the boyfriend the child's father? 2. Does he have any court-ordered custodial rights? If the answers to those questions is "yes", what he is doing is probably "legal".
Q. I was driving a company car and it was deemed due to mechanical failure -- does the company sue, or should I?
A: You had an accident, I assume. Were you injured? In that case you would consider suing. The company would probably have to sue for any damages to the vehicle.
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