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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. (1973) | History
University of Puget Sound
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3387 Questions Answered

Q. I was the executor of an estate that is closed. I received a check made out to the estate. How can the check be cashed?
A: You should have asked your question in Justia › Ask a Lawyer › Alabama › Probate ›, but I expect that you need to reopen the probate case. Either that or, if you can persuade them that you are the sole beneficiary, have them re-issue the check to you.
Q. Can two unmarried people adopt the same individual (one person as mother and the other as a father)?
A: Florida Statute 63.042 provides, in pertinent part, that: "(1) Any person, a minor or an adult, may be adopted. (2) The following persons may adopt: (a) A husband and wife jointly; (b) An unmarried adult; or (c) A married person without the other spouse joining as a petitioner, if the person to be adopted is not his or her spouse, and if: 1. The other spouse is a parent of the person to be adopted and consents to the adoption; or 2. The failure of the other spouse to join in the petition or to consent to the adoption is excused by the court for good cause shown or in the best interest of the child. ..." I don't read this language as allowing your aunt and ex-uncle to jointly adopt you. They would have to be married.
Q. My nieces live in Pennsylvania and my brother lives in Florida. If mom files for child support how does it work?
A: A lawsuit would be filed in Florida. The non-custodial parent (your brother, I assume) would be ordered to pay the child support to the custodial parent (the mom, who presumably lives in Pennsylvania with the children to be supported).
Q. Can I move a property title from a non-existing living trust to me?
A: Talk to an attorney and consider setting up the trust.
Q. Can someone be charged for larcany without item been found
A: If the authorities believe that they can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the item was stolen by the suspect, yes.
Q. I have my kids this weekend and our court order says I am to return them back to school on Monday
A: If the order says "Monday", it would be Monday, whether or not there is school on that day.
Q. My Mother and Step Father were married for39years, and they had a Will together. I just found out 5 months ago that
A: If she was mentally incapacitated, she probably would not have the legal capacity to change her will. If it was a joint will, it might have been done without her signature, and if so you should consult with an attorney to review the whole situation; especially to determine if your step-father could effect a change unilaterally.
Q. Can a motion for judicial default be done because I haven't paid my lawyer yet?
A: Can the other side seek a default judgment against you? Sure, but the lawyer's duty to oppose it depends on what agreement you have with the lawyer. Normally, the attorney is not going to have an obligation to represent you until you pay. But if you are faced with such a motion, call the attorney ASAP and ask whether the attorney is going to respond.
Q. How do you go about getting out of an LLC
A: You should consult with a business law attorney for help with winding up the LLC.
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