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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
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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

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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 to pay... Read more »

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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

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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 »

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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

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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

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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
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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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.

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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 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
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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?

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Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Nov 2, 2019

Any restriction or reserved use would be cited in the deed

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