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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: How much in average does it cost to draft up a two part buyer and assignment contract
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James Alan Greer answered on Mar 25, 2020

Contract Request: if I understand your question, you need a Purchase Contract (?) for real estate (?) with two buyers, and then a subsequent assignment of that contract (?). We offer Fixed Fee for transactional work of this nature. It would be less than $1000.00. But I'd really need to get a full... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Construction Law for California on
Q: What type of lawyer for defective retaining wall design/construction?

Retaining walls that were to be designed within city requirements to not need a permit. Walls were built, and measurements now show it needed a permit. Also, wall is leaning away from dirt it is retaining, and, after first rain-season, multiple sinkholes have developed on the tiers the walls are... Read more »

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James Alan Greer answered on Mar 21, 2020

Retaining Wall Owner: My analysis on your behalf would start with: (1) the written contract (scope of work, is there a dispute mechanism clause, attorneys fees for having to pursue a dispute), and then (2) the wherewithal of the contractor whom performed the work (do they have insurance, are they... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Can a buyer terminate real estate contract because they don't like the HOA interaction they are having?

I am under contract to sell my condo, and the Buyer is sending a notice to terminate the contract because they don't like the HOA interaction they have had with some questions. Is that grounds for them to terminate in Colorado? Seems like a weak argument.

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James Alan Greer answered on Mar 21, 2020

Dear Condo Seller: The buyer has an opportunity to invoke cancellation of the standard Colorado Purchase Contract for HOA issues that meet LIMITED CRITERION (the HOA finances, HOA records, pending assessments, etc) - however, a buyer whom "doesn't like the interactions" with the HOA management... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: I co-invested in a property with my sis. She died and the place was never in my name. Her husb. won’t respond.

I co-purchased a rental apt with my sister to use as a home base for our business in Denver, CO. I live in Tennessee. The apartment was part of a larger investment I/we made toward a shared business that has since gone bankrupt and failed. It was verbally agreed that we would keep (and perhaps... Read more »

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James Alan Greer answered on Jan 19, 2020

Dear Verbal Contract real estate owner: In the state of Colorado a verbal contract to hold property is invalid as against the statute of frauds (stated briefly "it has to be in writing"). There are maneuvers around the statute, but would depend greatly on the quantity of "corroborating statements"... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: I was supposed to close on my house on 12/20/2019. The sellers are claiming to have medical issues.

I have not been told a new closing date as of today. We all signed a contract, them to sell, me to buy on the above mentioned date. Do i have legal recourse?

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James Alan Greer answered on Jan 17, 2020

Dear Colorado Buyer of Residential Property: The Seller cannot use "health reasons"

for failing to allow you close on the purchase of this property, and therefore assuming you have continually been "ready, willing, and able" to close and not for any other reason in breach of any of your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Our builder is defaulting on 20k of bills owed on our build project we paid him in full for. How do we protect ourselve

Most of the money is owed to a lumber store.

Can creditors still pursue us after the lien period is done or would they then be required to pursue the builder who actually owes the funds and used out money to pay other debts?

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James Alan Greer answered on Dec 13, 2019

Dear California Homeowner: If your contractor is licensed in the state of California, then you have three steps to take, in my opinion: (1) send a "legal demand letter" to the Contractor demanding they pay the supplier and any other suppliers/subs owed money within the next 72 hours (copy the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for California on
Q: Can you please confirm if my interpretation of the BPC code for unlicensed subcontractors is correct:

A licensed contractor sent unlicensed tile installers, (1099 employees, not W-2 employees), to install our kitchen floor. The job was $1,500 plus materials. He claims that since they were "employees," and covered under their workmans comp, they did not need to be licensed. Is this true?

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James Alan Greer answered on Oct 4, 2019

Homeowner With Question On Licensure: Your thinking about licensed subcontractors is mostly correct (nicely done !). A contractor or subcontractor may perform ANY TYPE OF WORK without a license so long as the whole of the work is LESS THAN $500.00 (the "PennySaver" advertisement type of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Colorado on
Q: We are building a home in Colorado and our builder has had endless delays and constant excuses as to why it’s not done.

Our original move in date was July 15, then August 15, August 25, now October 1st. He didn’t even start the foundation clearing until August 25th, it’s not been touched since then. The house is complete (modular) and off site, waiting on the site to be complete.

He is paying for a... Read more »

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James Alan Greer answered on Sep 6, 2019

Dear Delayed Home Builder: Your question speaks of the phenomenon happening in CO (and other states) whereby the construction industry is "spread thin". I don't mention this to rebuke or to offer excuses for the Contractor, but delayed projects are a sig of the times. You have a contract with a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: in colorado if i offered full listing price no contignent cash offer do they have to accept or at least respond
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James Alan Greer answered on Sep 4, 2019

Dear Colorado Offerer: The question you pose has a direct and straightforward reply based in contract law. An offer to purchase (your offer at full list price) is only an OFFER. Meaning, an offer invites acceptance but does not create a contract. The Seller's choices in reply to your offer... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Construction Law for California on
Q: Is general contractor in breach of contract? What should I do- he's insisting on payment bu appears to have abandoned me

12 HI contracts with 1 GC 10 paid in full due to how progress payments worded Only 3 HIC completed 65% work don 85% of total balance paid Arranging financing for 1/2 of 15% left but now have preliminary lien notice from subcontractor & want to hold back 10% of total balance until resolved & all... Read more »

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James Alan Greer answered on Aug 30, 2019

Dear Owner Requesting Advice on Retention Payment issue: While I am adept at advising owners in a construction setting, your question as stated is probably not capable of reply in this limited forum until more information is obtained. Critically, an attorney would definitely need to review the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for California on
Q: Hired a home depot contractorand he quit how can i get help?

I went to home depot to have a new door installed. I talked to an employee. They took down my info and said contractors would contact me. One of their contractors started the door install. We started talking about a remodel of bath and kitchen. He started the next day. NOW HE DID THE DEMOLITION... Read more »

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James Alan Greer answered on Aug 18, 2019

Homeowner With Contractor Abandonment. Your situation sounds upsetting; I'll try to offer some guidance.

First, perhaps you should be trying to contact the actual contractor that abandoned this job - do you have their company name ? if you do you can look them up online or on the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: I am a plaintiff. I need to amend my lawsuit to add two additional defendants. How can I do this?

The matter concerns a surety bond. I want to join the surety as an additional defendant, as well as the principal on the bond. The original defendants have not been served because we cannot locate them.

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James Alan Greer answered on Aug 14, 2019

Dear Plaintiff Needing to Amend Complaint: If there is no named defendant whom has filed an Answer to Complaint (which seems likely from my reading of your description) then you are allowed by the Code of Civil Procedure to file a "First Amended Complaint", and the court will accept the filing... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: What if neighbor violates terms of an easement in CO?

Our neighbor has planted trees and bushes directly over our sewer lateral, which crosses his property on an easement. The easement agreement says, "the covenants and agrees (i) not to construct, install or maintain any structures or fixed improvements within, over or upon any portion of the... Read more »

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James Alan Greer answered on Jun 11, 2019

Dear Easement Grantee: On the face of it, your description of the activities by the servient property owner seems to be a violation of the Easement Agreement, to wit: "not to plant, install, or maintain any trees, bushes . . . over or upon any portion of the . . . Area". Easement areas are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: i have a contract to sell my house, and i need someone to look over it for me and let me know if it is legit.
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James Alan Greer answered on Dec 28, 2018

Sales Contract (Residential): I am equipped to assist, and happy to help. Would be best if you sent along the proposed/pending Contract via email, and I'll supply you with a responsive email identifying the Fixed Fee to perform review, analysis, and advice. Thanks. jamesgreer@CalCoLaw.com... Read more »

5 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Retail Business Space Lease

I have an existing business that is an LLC and we are moving to a new location for our business. In the new lease it calls out in our addendum for both LLC members to give a Personal Guarantee, does this negate the personal property protection that our current business LLC gives us? Should we seek... Read more »

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James Alan Greer answered on Nov 27, 2018

Dear LLC Lessee: It is standard practice for a Lessor to require a Personal Guarantee ("P.G.") from the Members of an LLC. The reasoning from a Lessor's standpoint includes the primary concern that an entity (an LLC, for example) can breach a Lease by simply winding down and dissolving, thereby... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: A family trust gave us funds to assist in the purchase of a home. After the purchase they filed a lien on the property?

The trust demanded a promissory note and deed be signed after the purchase of the home. They said to ignore the promissory note and not to worry about the details of the deed (which incorporated the note and referenced it)! We declined / refused as the details were not anything discussed, nor... Read more »

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James Alan Greer answered on Oct 16, 2018

Dear Trust Borrower For Purchase of Real Estate: While I don't have the full understanding of you/Borrower understanding of the loan and the details therein, I have to offer this generalized advice: it is "usual" that a Lender of money for purchase of real property would want to be "secured" in... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: Someone filed a lien against my property. This is not a contractor, it is a person who claims I owe them money. Plz advz

How to we have lien removed? It appears that only contractors, etc are able to use mechanics' liens (which this is not) and any other valid liens must be ordered/approved by the court prior to being filed (this is not the case here either).

What should we do?

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James Alan Greer answered on Oct 15, 2018

Dear Liened Property Owner: In order for a lien to be "properly" recorded onto the title of your property it must either have been: (1) from a supplier of construction labor, services, materials; (2) a judgment creditor; or (3) a lender. The lien itself will describe the claimant (names and... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: When purchasing a home, if the pipes freeze AFTER the inspection but BEFORE closing. Who is responsible?

The pipes were drained after the inspection to keep from freezing. However, the listing agent turned the water back on before closing. If the pipes freeze and burst before we close, who is responsible for the cost of fixing that?

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James Alan Greer answered on Oct 9, 2018

Dear Frozen Pipes Seller: the rule of law in Colorado Real estate sales contract is that the SELLER (and the Seller's insurance carrier) is responsible for all property damages occurring at the subject property until the moment of "closing" (or, the moment the title is transferred to Buyer).

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: I'm the landlord. Lease states occupancy no more than two adults without written okay, can minor child occupy?

We are six months into a two-year lease. Found out tenant has her daughter living there. No notice given. Lease states occupancy "...no more than two adults without prior written permission from Lessor." Technically is my tenant in breach of the lease?

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James Alan Greer answered on Aug 4, 2018

Dear Landlord With Potential Breaching Tenant: An occupancy limit can be a valid condition to a Lease Agreement and if your current tenant has concealed the fact that they exceeded the occupancy then they are technically in Breach of Lease (more than two tenants, including one minor). Of... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Colorado on
Q: I need to remove ex boyfriend from the title to my house

My father gave me the money to buy the house

Ex boyfriend pressured me into putting his name on the deed

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James Alan Greer answered on Jul 29, 2018

Dear Girlfriend Needs Clear Title: Your options are to achieve ex-boyfriend's voluntary transfer, or else you'll be forced to file an action in District Court. If through voluntary means: present a recordable Quitclaim Deed for him to sign before a Notary and then record the Quitclaim and a... Read more »

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