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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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4053 Questions Answered

A: Rhetorical question, right?
Q. How do you file bankruptcy if you have more than one social security number? ID was stole and was stalked.
A: Yes, if you hire a bankruptcy lawyer, he or she shouldn't have much difficulty in filing a bankruptcy petition for you. The three Social Security numbers would have to be explained, but that shouldn't be too difficult. What fine were you paying?
Q. Can I petition my father's estate for a verbal debt he made for a sold home in Miami which I was a co-owner?
A: You should sue him now, assuming the statute of limitations has not run, to enforce the agreement. Because, after he dies, it might be difficult for his estate to disprove the agreement he made with you, so the estate could argue that your claim is equitably estopped from suing.
Q. My friend and I bought an investment property 14 years ago, we split the cost down the middle.I want to buy him out, he
A: Yes; you sue him for "partition". The judge orders the property to be sold and the proceeds divided between you.
Q. If I loaned my car to someone and they did not return it, is there anything I can do?
A: Sure. Take it back.
Q. Do I need to form a corporation to buy an existing business in my town?
A: There are several ways to organize a business, a corporation is one of them. You should consult with an attorney in your location.
Q. had credit card back in 2008 or so went to court 2010 couldn't pay it was the only supporter of family,they sent a paper
A: It looks like they got a judgment against you in 2010. Judgments are good for 20 years without the creditor having to do anything. Now they have garnished your bank account, or are thinking about doing so. If and when this happens, you need to get a form from the clerk of court entitled "claim of exemption" (if it hasn't already been served on you), fill it out, and file it with the court. Then ask about getting a hearing set ASAP. If you can prove that the bank account contains nothing but your wages, and that because you make the majority of the income in your household those wages are exempt, you should be able to get the court to order that the money is exempt.
Q. Can my ex-husband have joint custody of my son even though he isn't the biological parent without adopting him?
A: I'm assuming you were divorced in Florida. What do the Ohio courts have to do with school enrollment (in Ohio, I'm guessing)?
Q. My canadian dad was hospitalized in fl. The hospital is asking me to pay. Am I responsible for his bills?
A: Depends on what is written in the document you signed.
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