Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Questions Answered by Elizabeth Tarasi
1 Answer | Asked in Election Law and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What would be the best way to address an HOA election dispute in PA?

It was brought to my attention that one of the previous board members who has now been re-elected for another term was in fact in violation of our rules and regulations prior to the nomination period being closed, which would be a direct contradiction of the amendments that they (previous board)... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 1, 2020

The HOA bylaws govern what procedure you should take. How much are you willing to spend on attorneys fees to fight this?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How are days prior to Settlement Date calculated?

I need to have repairs completed "no later than 3 days prior to Settlement Date". My Settlement Date is July 14th. Do I have to have the repairs done by July 10th or 11th? The state is Pennsylvania. I am having delays due to COVID.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 24, 2020

Talk to the buyer and ask for an extension. Make sure its in writing.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I find an electrician's insurance information? He is registered in Pennsylvania.

(He will not provide the details himself).

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 23, 2020

You can also make a claim under your homeowners policy. They will investigate the electrician if it’s covered under your policy.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Law, Construction Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I find an electrician's insurance company if he will not provide it? Damage was done and need to know next steps.

Electrician performed an electrical service upgrade to 200 Amps without pulling a permit. Also, when approached about damages that he caused to my hardwood floors since he refused to take shoes off or work with booties, he denied liability and just walked off the job, keeping my initial down... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 23, 2020

Hire an attorney and file a lawsuit

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: I received a settlement from an injury, is my wife entitled to any of the settlement ?
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 21, 2020

If you were married at the time of the injury she would have a consortium claim. She has a legal right to compensation for her claim.

4 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have a small business that has taken a big financial hit since shutting down due to my state’s stay-at-home order.

I have business interruption insurance, which seemed like the right coverage to apply for in light of what’s going on, but my insurance company denied my claim. I read through my policy, which says nothing about a virus or pandemic being an exclusion. Not sure what I’m paying for if this sort... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 3, 2020

Please email me a copy of your insurance policy and the denial letter. My email address is emt@tarasilaw.com

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Entered into a home buying contract in Jan2020 in PA, can we come out of it due to corona our financial is not good

Hello, we live in Pennsylvania and we entered into a home buying contract with a reputed builder here in York in Jan 2020. The house is under construction and is to be ready by July 2020. It's a gated community and builder is building dozens of townhomes there. Now due to corona situation my... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on May 9, 2020

The contract you signed to build the house governs. I do not believe there will be a provision that provides for a change of your financial circumstances. You can see if the contractor is willing to let you out of the contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My sister is a nurse she and my mother purchased a house. My mother passed in 1973. My mother was a pension widow

My mother had no assets, and my sister lived with my mother, paid the mortgage and taxes. After 43 years how do we remove my mothers name off the deed? Both my mother and sister bought the house togather- thank you

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on May 8, 2020

If your mother is deceased you file a suggestion of death and deed the property accordingly.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: We have a Wall and Driveway on our property. If a Child on Bike trespasses and falls off, are we responsible? Thank you.

The Wall and Driveway were added about 30 years ago with the approval of our Upper Providence zoning officials. The Wall is about 6 ' tall and if a Child fell off, they could be badly injured. How can our legal responsibility be determined ?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 16, 2020

Yes if this is a dangerous condition and you know children are climbing on the wall you could be liable. You should post signs to warn of any danger.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I file an Affidavit of Heirship to receive a property my mom owned; she died with out a will. It is worth 140K.

I am an only child and the property is in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 15, 2020

Are you her only heir? You should’ve able to open an estate and transfer the property from her estate to yourself.

View More Answers

3 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Question below

My sons grandfather passed in 2015 and left his home to my son in his will. We've been living here since before he passed with him and continued to live here after. Two guys came walking into my house through the front door last week with the keys to the lock claiming they bought it in a... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 14, 2020

You need to check whether the property taxes were paid on the property. I would check your local court house for liens against the property.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: I stay in an apartment in Pittsburgh, PA. The property owners are not providing certain services. Can I withhold rent?

These services are clearly mentioned in the lease. I want to withhold 200$ from my rent.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 6, 2020

If it is in the lease, send your landlord and reference the language in the lease. Advise them that if they do not provide the service you will hire someone to perform the service and deduct the cost from the rent you pay.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: We need help getting a lien off our house that has been paid but never taken off the lien
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 30, 2020

This can be done. Who is the lien holder? I will be happy to assist you my email address is emt@tarasilaw.com

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Im on house deed &title along with my BF & am being told that as part of the transfer to me only there are tax. True?

Hi, I'm in the process of remortgaging my house to put the loan in my name solely and to remove my boyfriend from the deed/title. The mortgage company is telling me that there is a transfer tax for the transfer of the deed, but I'm already on the existing deed; is it true that I also have... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 24, 2020

There is a realty transfer tax that will be assessed when you record the deed.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My mother and I own are home as joint tenants with the right of survivorship. My mother has past and I am still

In it and dont plan on selling,my brother is the executor of the estate and he has canceled all policies including the homeowners has taken all paperwork for the house including the deed and canceled all the protection plans we had on are home. Is he allowed to do this

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 4, 2020

Who was paying for the insurance? You can go out and purchase you own insurance and protection plans. The home is yours.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: We are in contract to purchase a house and just found out it’s a short sale We are about a month into the process,

All inspections and negotiations completed Just found out yesterday it’s actually a short sale And they want us to signs short sale addendum Is this something that had to be disclosed at time of offer? Is there anything we can do at this point? We have spent over 2000$ in addition to our... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Feb 6, 2020

This is not unusual. No it does not have to be disclosed at the time of offer.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Northwestern, P.A. I want to confirm My understanding of the law n looking for 2 case laws to look up.

In P.A. The landlords need to wait for the time frame they gave in the “notice to Evict”, before going to the court to File a “Writ of Possession. My understand is Yes. If my hunch is right, can you be so kind as to let me know to case laws to look up, please. Thank you

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Feb 1, 2020

In Pennsylvania, a law called the Landlord/Tenant Act tells landlords what they must do to evict a tenant. The landlord has to follow this law no matter the reason for the eviction. (This law may not apply if you are staying in a rooming or boarding home, or are a guest in a hotel/motel.)

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

View More Answers

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

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.