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3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My deceased husband inherited property in Green County, PA. I think I am the heir. Would I be liable for any debts?

I do not how to proceed. The property is 300+ acres.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jan 17, 2020

You could be. I need to know more about the matter. Please feel free to call me 412-391-7135 or email me emt@tarasilaw.com

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: When you get a mortgage in PA, is the mortgage company always listed on the deed
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jan 6, 2020

No. The mortgage is recorded and is indexed on the property and the person who took the mortgage on the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Health Care Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is there anything I can do to at least reduce the bill?

My insurance dropped me because I “make too much money” but I never received the notice they said the mailed me. So I had gone to the ER and now I have a $4000 hospital bill. The insurance company said I can’t file a complaint because I am no longer insured under them and the insurance... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jan 1, 2020

The hospital should have a process where you can apply to have the bill reduced. Call the hospitals billing department

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandfather and I have jointly owned a property in PA for the last 2 year he just passed away will I owe taxes..

My grandfather and I have jointly owned a property in PA for the last 2 years. He passed away this year and the

property transferred solely in my name. Is there any kind of tax I will have to pay when I sell it. The land was purchased for 18k and we rebuilt the property form the ground up.... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 27, 2019

You might be subject to a capital gains tax. I would consult with an accountant.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: So my wife is filing for divorce.

When we got our house the only way for her to get an fha loan was for me to sign a release of marital claims. So I am not on the mortgage or deed. I was told that she still could not kick me out or sell the home because it's an established family home regardless of all that. And i have been 800... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 26, 2019

you should retain an attorney

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: mother left property to children. Older sibling ran younger siblings off, wants to now give to her children.

30 years ago my mother passed away leaving her property to all of her children. The property is still in my mothers name. Older sibling moved her family in and would not sign anything to place the home in all siblings name. Due to friction, other siblings moved out and older sibling stated she... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 24, 2019

If the deed is still in your mothers name, she will have to go through the courts to transfer title to anyone else. You may also file an action to have the title be placed in the proper intestate heirs names.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am a renter. I have had no heat for 6 DAYS. Do I have the right to a rent reduction?

I pay the electric. I provided the space heaters. the heater is more than 20 years old.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 20, 2019

Read you lease. Let your landlord know that you have no heat. Ask you landlord to provide accommodations with heat at his cost.

7 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Does liability insurance coverage, cover wage compensation or just medical?

I slipped and hit my head at my place of employment but was not on the clock. ER diagnosed me with a concussion and whiplash. I've been off work since Nov. 8th. My employer said her insurance doesnt cover missed wages.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 5, 2019

No but if you make a claim against the property owner you can claim lost wages if they were negligent in maintaining their property.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am a performer, and I am able to set up a space in my home and sell tickets for shows that I write and perform?

I have a room in my house that I would like to turn into a parlor for small performances of 10 to 20 people to do an hour long mentalism show. We would like to do the show, offer canned sodas, sealed snacks, and popcorn to the guests. It would be in the form of a small house party and would take... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 4, 2019

You need to check your local zoning code.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Breach of verbal contract from 10/18

Investment to buy vehicle and flip for sale within a couple months. As of 12/19, vehicle still not up for sale and repairs completed. Contract via phone, one party in Blairsville, PA the other in Pgh, PA. Need advice on which county for filing.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 1, 2019

File where the r transaction occurred. Sounds like either place.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: my husband parents are deceased since 2006 how can we get the deed changed in my husband name no mortgage on home?

any resources to find an affordable estate lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 1, 2019

You will need to hire an attorney. I’m in the Pittsburgh area and am happy to help you. Beth Tarasi emt@tarasilaw.com 412-391-7135

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2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have to give defendants in a civil action a 20 day notice of a subpoena to produce documents?

I am the plaintiff in a ejectment action. I served , by certified mail, a subpoena to my tenants ( Defendants ) to produce documents. Their Attorney filed a motion to quash subpoena because I didn’t give them 20 day notice.

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Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Nov 29, 2019

You need to get a copy of the Pennsylvania rules of civil procedure - they must be followed. You should be sending them request for production. Your attorney should be aware of this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: My contractor was a no show in small claims even after a countersuit. I was awarded $9k...what should I expect now?

I paid half of a $21k contract. The contractor did subpar work and did not finish. Curious if he will just appeal the ruling?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Nov 18, 2019

The contractor has 30 days to appeal from the judgment. He may not appeal and he may not pay the judgment. You can try to execute on the judgment. If he has no money or assets the judgment will be hard to collect.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: When buying a trailer can the new owner be responsible for paying back lot rent from the previous owner
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Nov 14, 2019

depending on the lot lease - yes

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is there a grandfather clause in pa on a parking lot that's been used by the community for 50+yrs to continue to use it?

The lot is the only parking area for most consumers/business owners in this area, and has been used by anyone for 50+yrs. The new owner wants to block it off. People also use this as a through way. Is there a grandfather clause for This? How do I find it? How do I prove the grandfather law?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Nov 2, 2019

Any restriction or reserved use would be cited in the deed

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: A home was purchased in Sally's name. Sally died last year. Sally's husband did not transfer the deed to his name

He died recently. How should the sale of the property be handled? (I am the executor of the spouse that died recently)

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Oct 29, 2019

The house should be sold through Sally’s estate.

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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have land with multiple rentals on it. The gas company wants to drill on my property or the one next to mine.

My question is if they buy out my property to set up a drill pad, should I try to negotiate for not only the replacement cost of the buildings, but the lost income of the property? The lots are only 100' wide, so any drilling will affect multiple plots. There are 5 rentals beside my home plus... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 28, 2019

Yes you need to negotiate to get everything you will lose. I negotiate these purchases all the time.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a tennant has a 3rd party paid there deposit and then tennant dies, can the deposit be returned to the 3 party
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 19, 2019

Was the 3rd party a tennant? The money should go to the estate of the 3rd party.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: We sold a vehicle privately and now payments have stopped. Been to the magistrate already. What’s the next step?

We filed a suit when payments stopped, defendant showed up to magistrate office and we were told to talk things out since he openly said he still owed the balance (around $3500). Promised to pick up on payments but we haven’t heard from him again. Tried contacting buyer on several occasions. We... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 16, 2019

Go to the magistrate again. Get a judgment and ask for the vehicle back.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can i sue the Civil engineer/Architect for fees paid if they fail to deliver the approved plans?

The plans by Civil Engineer and Architect have not been approved by the city as they do not meet codes. I have paid them in full and they are not making any attempts to rectify the issue. I would like to get back the fees I have paid and compensation for my wasted time. What practice area lawyer... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 10, 2019

A trial attorney or litigator.

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