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2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for New Jersey on
Q: My mortgage company (with escrow) did not pay my property taxes and property was sold at tax sale. What is my recourse?

My original loan provided paid taxes on both lots listed on the deed. A third party then bought my loan and in the escrow account they only paid taxes on one of the lots on my property. The other lot went unpaid for a year and then was sold at a tax sale.

I understand I have a redemption... Read more »

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answered on Nov 23, 2022

Speak to a real estate attorney to discuss what action you might pursue.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: What happen when an initial deed is showered in April 84 and records show it was assigned in May 1984 .

Both companies are no longer around to show what happen to that assignment . However in 1986 a mortgage is showed and discharged with another company that’s no longer around. Reached out to company that it merged with and they have no record of the property. Through research all patterns show... Read more »

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answered on Nov 22, 2022

Speak to a real estate attorney. There is a statutory provision to resolve this issue.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: Joint Tenancy between Parent & Child Parent dies Will has Child as Executor; Beneficiary 100%.Does will need Probate?

Parent and Child is on the Deed . Parent dies and left Will with Child as Executor and 100 Beneficiary. Is there any reason the Will would have to be probated ? Doesn’t the survivor assumes 100 percent of the property is Deeded to both?

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answered on Nov 21, 2022

Yes!

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Will a special civil part officer remove all occupants or only the tenants named in the paperwork/warrant for removal?
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answered on Nov 20, 2022

The special civil constable will remove everyone and all items located in the leased premises.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: I'm executor of an estate & bonded. I need to have the estate discharged and the bond terminated. Do I need a lawyer?

Is this something I can do on my own to save money?

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answered on Nov 14, 2022

If you are familar wiyh the requirements you may represent yourself. However, my advise is to retain the services of an experienced estate attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Landlord not returning security deposit because they didn’t receiver letter that I was no renewing

Moved out end of September. I sent them letter via Mail that I was not renewing in august. They said they never got letter when I called early September. Now over a month later they are not giving it back because they didn’t get enough notice

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answered on Nov 14, 2022

You may file suit in Special Civil Part for return of the security deposit. If you win, you will be awarded an amount double the security deposit. If you retain an attorney and win, the landlord will be required to pay your legal fees.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for New Jersey on
Q: If I just found my biological father in November 2021 and we were building a relationship and he passed away in October

He left everything to his neighbor. The will was dated November 2020. Can I contest as being Omitted Child?

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answered on Nov 13, 2022

You may be successful in such a claim. It will be worth your while to speak with an experienced probate attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Civil Litigation for New Jersey on
Q: My neighbor had a roof put on their house by some contractor The shingles fell onto my car scratched it and puts dings

In it who does he report it to

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answered on Nov 13, 2022

First take pictures of damage and, if possible pieces of what fell on car. Report damage to police department of your municipality, Get estimate to repair damages and notify your carrier. Then approach your neighbor and ask for neighbor for name and address of contractor. Write letter to both... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: NJ: 92 y.o. mom asking for legal document stating my husband & I are NOT RESPONSIBLE for paying her debt/medical bills

In New Jersey: 92 year old mom asking for legal document stating my husband & I (we are both over 55) are NOT RESPONSIBLE for paying ANY of her debt, bills, medical bills, nursing home bills, etc. Nor will we participate in some kind of "Trust" she is setting up. Oldest brother is... Read more »

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answered on Nov 12, 2022

You will be responsible for all debts incurred by your mother if you signed as a co-applicant when your mother applied for credit cards. You will also be responsible for all credit extended for which you cosigned. In addition you along with siblings may be responsible for debts incurred if your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: Three months of silence, so how do I handle a non-responsive probate lawyer?

I am one of two beneficiaries of an estate. We're at five years and counting, and I have been represented by a NJ lawyer on this matter as I live out of state. I was notified of new assets one year ago by executor via my lawyer, who was unable to provide any additional details. Assets entered... Read more »

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answered on Nov 9, 2022

Contact the Office of Attorney Ethics at the NJ Supreme Court and ask for assistance with obtaining a response from the attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: MIL died jan 8th with over 100k credit card debt none of the creditors have made a claim against the estate do we pay?

we have many credit card companies and debt collectors sending letters of condolance and saying she owed money but it is past the 9 months and we do not have enough funds to pay them all, can we distribute what is left legally to the heirs?

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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Nov 9, 2022

Debts of the decedent must be paid y the Estate before distribution the the beneficiaries. If any or all of the beneficiaries signed the credit appiication, that person will be personally liable for the debt.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: The deed on the house lists 4 owners. To take a home equity loan on the house do all owners need to sign off on it?

The person who borrowed has died. Does the loan get paid from her assets or from the sale price of the house?

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answered on Nov 4, 2022

Yes, all parties with an interest need to sign the mortgage. However, only those who sign the note are obligated to repay the loan. In the event of nonpayment, all who signed the mortgae will be named as defendants.

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: How can a signature on a contract for a corporation be ambiguous?
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answered on Oct 29, 2022

Another reason is that the person who signed on behalf of the corporation was not authorized to bind the corporation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for New Jersey on
Q: In New Jersey, if a two people buy a house together, how is the ownership divided if contributions were not equal?

In this scenario, the people in question got divorced before the house was purchased, however they lied on their bank application when getting the loan, and said they were still married.

Now the ex wife who has contributed only a portion of the initial downpayment and no mortgage payments... Read more »

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answered on Oct 19, 2022

Since you were not married when you purchased the property, you are tenants in common. If the deed does not mention the specific ownership interest of each party, you each have a 50% interest in the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: In NJ, I live in a HOA condo association. The board members built a play area in a designated floor area.

And send an email stating all kids/adults can play baseball. This is a breach of contract that states this is a private residence with a no annoyance rule. A class-action suit is being actioned. Who can take this case?

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answered on Oct 17, 2022

Anyone who owns an interest in the Association can file suit. There are specific requirements to file a class action suit. However, a number of owners can file as plaintiffs.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Landlord took 31 days to mail deposit. Added more than 10% additional deposit when rent was increased. Anything I can do

Returned half of the deposit. Never received disclosures about where was the deposit or if it earned any interest.

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answered on Oct 14, 2022

Yes! Demand an accounting which should include earned interest. If no satisfactory answer received, fle suit for late return of a portion of the security, no accounting for deductions, ans no accumulated interest. You may file the complaint by your self. If an attorney is retained and you win, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: I need help with return of my security deposit. We've lived here nearly 25 years and paid a security deposit of $1650.00

Our original landlord passed away and his daughter is in charge now. She has already refused to return the security to one of his tenants and we are planning to move. We only had a written lease for the first year. Our original landlord was a man of his word, so the few times I asked about the... Read more »

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answered on Oct 14, 2022

The law is in your favor. Send a letter to the landlord demanding, within 30 days, return of the security deposit with accumulated interest. Should the landlord refuse, you may file a complaint in court seeking treble damages. If you retain an attorney, the landlord will be responsible for the... Read more »

Q: Code Enforcement illegally entered and took photos on my property then issued me a summons for it?

I currently have a summons to appear for a Trash/Debris ticket in my Municipality. We requested the Town to send us pictures after numerous times of us cleaning all areas seen by the public we reviewed the photos from Code Enforcement for it to reveal they entered our backyard without permission... Read more »

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answered on Oct 11, 2022

Unless the municipality can show that there was an emergency situation which required immediate attention, the municipal officials can not enter your premises without your permission.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: Is a verbal order by a Judge on transcript as valid as a written and signed order filed in the Court?

This case involves probate/estate litigation:

The Judge ordered the opposing counsel to provide an accounting of his client’s use of POA to the decedent. The OC filed an accounting that was not accepted by the Judge. The Judge clarified verbally during the next hearing what kind of... Read more »

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answered on Oct 9, 2022

It would be best if the Court's verbal instructions were reduced to a written order.

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, I was sent to a debt collector for unpaid rent, however it’s my mothers rent.

Hello

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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Oct 4, 2022

If you signed the lease, you are responsible for the rent even if you never lived there. If your mother added your name but you did not sign the lease, the debt is not your obligation. In any event write to the debt collection agency stating that you are not responsible and request proof supporting... Read more »

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