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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Greetings, I have a small piece of land I can't get rid of. What are the consequences of unpaid taxes on the property?

I've tried to donate it and even contacted the neighbors on both sides of the lot and nobody wants it since they'd have to pay taxes on it. I'd rather not be delinquent, but what options do I have to get rid of the property?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 17, 2019

The taxing body can sheriff sale the property for the taxes. If you cannot donate it or give it away there isn't much you can do. How much are the taxes?

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: How to get out of closing of a new house?

My husband & I signed a purchase agreement for a new house. The construction will begin now. During the closing which will happen in November, Is there a chance to get out of it just for me? What are the circumstances that I might face?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 12, 2019

You need to review the purchase agreement to determine what your rights are. The agreement should state what your legal obligations are.

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Q: if I have a judgement against me can I arrange a payment plan, do i file with the court or the plaintiffs attorney?

$10,000 judgement against me for leaving a lease early. It was due to me being hit by a car, out of work, couldn't afford my rent. Then I was stuck in a snowstorm couldn't make it to court they entered a judgement against me even though I requested a continuance.

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 9, 2019

Contact the plaintiffs attorney and make arrangements to resolve this.

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Q: Is it legal for a borough to have no appeals process for property maintenance code violations?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 3, 2019

There should be an appeal process. Check the Borough code.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: Two lawyers from same law firm one lawyer represent the defendent the other lawyer represent the plaintiff in lig

Ligtigation

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 20, 2019

This is not a good idea. The clients should have objected.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: My neighbor built a fence without a permit and it is 5.5 ft on my property.

I sent him a registered letter with a copy of the Survey that i paid for, and a date for moving the fence. I provided 6 months of time before the date i asked for the fence to be moved. The neighbor did not get a permit or a survey prior to the installation of the fence. What recourse do i have... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 19, 2019

File an action in trespass at your local magistrates office.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: FSBO Home seller looking to understand role and cost for real estate attorney to complete home sale in Mt. Lebanon, PA

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 14, 2019

Please feel free to give me a call. Completing a home sale depends upon the transaction and the work needed to be done. My office number is 412-391-7135.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: I own my house in pa I have a noterized handwritten paper is it legal

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 6, 2019

If you own your house you should have a deed that is recorded and filed with the recorder of deeds where the property is located.

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Q: Does a property that has been purchased (vacant and not occupied) requires a certificate of occupancy in PA?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on May 26, 2019

You’ll need to ask your local municipality.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: In PA, are both spouses required to sign closing documents if only one spouse is listed on deed and mortgage?

Home is in name of spouse and deceased mother. Proceeds must be split between spouse and estate

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on May 19, 2019

Yes also you need to consult an attorney for this. While the property is in both name there are estate taxes that need to be taken care of and if you are married your wife has an interest. You really need to retain an attorney to get you through this transaction.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: We broke up. He isnt the owner but said he got him licensed? I pay everything and all paperwork is in my name. What

Do about this? Hes never paid for any care for my dog...all vet paperwork, etc shows im the owner. How could he get a dog license if the dog was never his? My address is on everything as well. What can i do about this, if anything? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on May 15, 2019

You can bring a civil lawsuit against at your local magistrate. In your complaint state the facts of ownership and request that the court find in your favor.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: Contracted with a basement refinishing contractor with no work 2 years and 30 K later

Basement contract, upfront 30K no work 5 months. Due to family issues had to delay further since initial promise by contractor work would be completed in three months. When I was able to restart work told VP would contact me. Now it has lapsed over 2 years without contact by company or VP on work... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 10, 2019

You should be able to bring a breach of contract action against the contractor. I would need to see the contract you signed.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: I'm asking on behalf of my sister in law. Her husband passed away last September. Her husband brother is suing her for

Money given to the brother. She has nothing. She doesn't own her car/ house. She cannot afford to travel to MA from ND. What happens if she doesn't show up at court?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 4, 2019

If she does not show up in court she could have a judgment entered against her. If the loan was made from brother to brother I am not sure how he can legally claim she owes the money.

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Q: I moved back with my parents 17 years ago can I be forced out by my brothers when both parents gave died?

I have done all the yard maintenance and routine maintenance on the house.

I’ve paid all real estate taxes for those years. Totaling almost $4000.00 per year.

I was the care giver for both my parents when they couldn’t do daily functions

Mom died 28 months ago and dad... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 31, 2019

Unfortunately the house is now in the estate. Whom ever the executor is will decide what will be done with the house.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: The seller of the property I'm buying passed away suddenly. Does the estate still have to go thru with the sale?

The seller did not have a will but was married. The wife was not on the purchase contract or property deed. Property is in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 27, 2019

I would need to read the agreement of sale to give you an answer. I suggest you make an appointment with an attorney to discuss this.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on

Q: Isn't agreeing to buy something on line a binding agreement?

I am trying to purchase an ( a credenza) item via Facebook Marketplace. The seller agreed to my offers twice. Then her husband wants more is $$ for this item. Her's was listed Wed, March 3-20. I agreed to purchase it at the her asking price on 3-21. Then on 3-22 I received an alert through... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 25, 2019

Unfortunately if she is not going to be cooperative you will not be in a position to purchase the item. I would back off and disappear for a bit. When she doesn't get any other offers she will attempt to contact you. By the way what is so special about this piece of furniture?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: Re. Pa Real Estate -- learned co-ownership of condo is tenancy in common.

When my sister refinanced her condominium in Mont Clare, PA, she added her boyfriend to the title. Wording as follows (quoting the format exactly but using pseudo names for privacy): Owner Name(s): “Doe Jane & Smith John.” She recently learned that the type of ownership is tenancy in common,... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 3, 2019

File a corrected deed to state joint tenants with the right of survivorship. Yes both parties must agree and execute the deed.

4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on

Q: My mother and girlfriend own a house together. I slipped on ice and broke me ankle requiring surgery. Can I sue

Can I sue their home owners insurance without effecting them personally?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Feb 16, 2019

If they were negligent you may be able to sue them. Do you know if they have homeowners insurance. They should report the incident to their homeowners carrier.

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Q: How do I have a deed put into the estate's name, in order to sell it and have it transferred to the buyer?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Feb 10, 2019

You pay a lawyer to do it. Hopefully there was an estate opened.

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Q: I am a sole heir administering an estate with no will. Do I need to transfer a home into my name before selling it?

The home was not the primary residence of the deceased. Can the title be transferred from the deceased person's name to the buyer, without it being transferred first to my name. All debts from the estate are paid.

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Feb 10, 2019

The deed should be in the estates name and be transferred from the estate.

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