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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: I live on acre land for 12 years it's in my and brother name now brother trying to sell is he allowed too I verbaly told

It was mind brother trying to take mom got all timer and brother making decisions for her

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answered on May 20, 2024

Your brother can only sell what he owns, so if someone is willing to buy his interest, he can sell it, but he cannot sell your portion. Since he is a part owner, your brother can get a court-ordered sale in which the whole property would be sold. You need to speak with a local attorney for further... View More

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Q: How do I determine how the unsecured creditors are paid if there’s more debt than assets in NC small estate?

Given it is a small estate I don’t have to do notice, but I have received notice/bills from more creditors than is money to pay. Do I pay pro rata? What happens if more creditors show up after I have closed the estate? Who is liable?

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answered on May 13, 2024

I don't know who told you that you do not have to publish a notice, but the notice is very important in estates with very little assets but lots of debt. The order in which you pay debts is determined by statute, and each class of debt is paid out pro-rata if there isn't enough to pay the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: H&w own home joint tenets by the entirety. Wife solely has judgment. Can title pass?

Wife bought house individually, but they were married. Several years later they executed a quit claim deed transferring title to joint tenets by the entirety; now, roughly 10 years after the quit claim deed they are selling. This Judgement is new. In order for new buyers to secure title insurance;... View More

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answered on May 6, 2024

If I were the closing attorney, I would disclose the judgment to the title company, but I am very confident that the title company would not have any issues with it. A judgment against only one spouse in a tenancy by entireties ownership does not place a lien against the property in NC. This... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: what is the eviction process for a no lease, no payment agreement between family? located in NC.

my husband, child, soon to be second child, and 3 pets live with my FIL&MIL. we have lived here since prior to the birth of our first child in 2022. we do not have a written contract or agreement stating we can live here, nor do we pay rent, as it hasn’t been asked or required of us. in 2023,... View More

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answered on Apr 8, 2024

You would be classified as guests since you cannot prove that a landlord/tenant relationship exists. However, if you claim a lease exists they would have to go through the eviction process. The law looks down on landlords changing the locks, but since your FIL is not a landlord, he would likely be... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Dispute over property sale agreement

My ex-husband and I share ownership of a property in Wake County, North Carolina, which serves as a secondary residence for both of us. Following our divorce, we had a signed agreement stipulating that he would buy out my share within two years for much less than it was worth. However, it's... View More

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

Contact an attorney and ask about a "Petition to Partition"; be sure to show them a copy of the agreement. Hopefully, the agreement will no longer be enforceable, and you can get half of your interest out of the property, especially since real estate values have significantly increased... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Am I responsible for my deceased mother's Medical debt? Can they take her home, deed is in my name, mortgage is in hers

My mother recently passed away. We transferred her home and car into my name a few months before her death, but the mortgage is still in her name which I have been paying. She did not have any estate. Am I responsible for paying her Medical bills prior to her passing and can they take the house... View More

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answered on Feb 15, 2024

Without seeing the actual bills and the deed transferring the property to you, I can't give you an answer. I suggest taking all the paperwork to a local attorney and having them give you specific advice.

The mortgage company will likely require you to get a new mortgage or, if you are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Law and Gov & Administrative Law for North Carolina on
Q: If I wanted to dropship manufactured houses that were expandable and are a resident of Nevada, what certs do i need

I want to start dropshipping cheap manufactured homes from chinese websites but I wonder if I need a liscense, LLC, ect to legally operate the buisness. Any insight?

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answered on Feb 12, 2024

You can likely do this as a private individual. However, I would highly recommend forming an LLC to give you some legal cover. You should also have an attorney draft a contract that makes it very clear you are disclaiming as many warranties as possible regarding the condition of the homes. There... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: Is it illegal for a property management company to send a repair technician out to the property without prior notice?

Especially when the technician was taking photos and videos of our belongings? The homeowner now wants us evicted and gone by the 29th and we were never given a chance to remedy the issue or a written notice of the eviction.

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answered on Feb 12, 2024

It depends on the circumstances of the needed repairs and your specific lease agreement, but most lease agreements do have provisions detailing inspections/repairs.

NC does not require notice by statute, and in emergency situations, the landlord is all but certainly allowed entry without...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Husband in North Carolina sold property in 2020 without my consent. He owned the property prior to marriage.

Prior to marriage I did not sign free trader agreement or prenuptial agreement. The sell of the house took place in 2020 was undisclosed to me during that time. We are now divorced as of April 2023.

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answered on Oct 19, 2023

All that you would have been signing away was your right to claim a life estate on the property in the event of his passing. That right was extinguished upon divorce.

I cannot speak to the laws of other states regarding marital property but the money he made from the sale might have become...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: My lease expired 4 years ago. I gave 7 days notice I am moving. Do I owe 30 days notice.In North carolina
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answered on Sep 25, 2023

Depends on several factors if your prior lease was written then it was renewed on a month-to-month basis using the same terms as your prior lease and if it required 30 days then you would likely be bound by it. If it was oral then your 7-day notice was fine.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: The check they sent for my rental deposit bounced and I accrued a bank fee. When should a lawyer get involved?

It took three months after I moved out to get the original check (supposedly due to change of management). After that check bounced, they claimed they were sending a replacement. It has now been another two months without my deposit.

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answered on Aug 11, 2023

Your lease agreement should anticipate bounced checks and specify how it is cured. If it doesn't, you should probably have a lawyer look over your lease and explore drafting a new one.

For the present situation, I would send the tenants a bill for the deposit plus the amount of bank...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My husband passed away with a lot of credit card debt and medical debt. Am I responsible to pay off that debt?

I was not on any of the credit accounts, nor did I sign anything for the medical procedures. There is no estate. House was in both our names.

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answered on Jul 26, 2023

I highly advise you to hire an attorney and have them assist you in probating the estate. The credit card debt can likely be wiped out by opening the estate. The medical debt will unfortunately likely follow you since spouses are normally liable for the medical debts incurred by their spouse.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: The city demolished my home. Do I need to continue to make payments on it?

I am reaching out to you in hopes that you can help me. I just found out that my house in NC got demolished. No one notified me. I found out about it due to HomeGo sending me something in the mail stating I could sell my house in as little as seven days. They included a picture of the property and... View More

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answered on Jul 18, 2023

First, you need to contact your insurance carrier, they will likely cover the costs for an attorney and pay off your mortgage. You also need to contact an attorney in the area near where the house was and get them to find out exactly what happened. You may have a substantial claim against whoever... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My mother passed in March. She and my sister own a house as joint tenancy. Is my sister now the sole owner?

I have been told thatI need to get an Attorney as administrator of the Estate due to their being 3 other heirs. I just want to know if that is necessary?

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answered on Jun 26, 2023

Mr. Avery is not entirely correct here. I would not be surprised to see either type of ownership. It is very common to have a joint tenancy created among family members to avoid probate. In joint tenancy, everything would have passed to your sister the second your mother passed. To confirm this,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: how long does someone have to move their stuff after eviction notice is issued
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answered on Jun 22, 2023

After the sheriff has evicted the person, the soonest that the personal possessions can be presumed to be abandoned is 10 days after a notice has been posted. Generally speaking, the tenant is allowed to come back onto the property under supervision and retrieve their belongings. The landlord... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: My house is protected by tenants by the entirety. I have a civil judgement against only me from a creditor.

Can I sell the house without paying the judgement? Do most creditors renew judgement liens after 10 years?

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answered on Jun 13, 2023

I would have to look at the specifics here, but all but certainly, if the judgment is only against one party, then the house is exempt from the judgment.

You will likely be able to sell without paying off the judgment. The final decision will ultimately come down to the title company....
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: How do I handle neighbor planting hedges on the property line? What do I do to protect my boundary?

Neighbor had paid a surveyor to locate property line after we installed a shop and he said it was on his property. After survey had proved we are not on his property. he planted bushes ( hedges) that are directly on the property line, these will grow and cross the line. What are my rights. and how... View More

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answered on Jun 7, 2023

When the hedges grow and cross your line technically, it is a trespass.

That being said, I would advise you to tell your neighbor that as long as they maintain the hedges, you don't care, but if they fail to do so, you will cut all the portions of the hedge that trespass on your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: If someone dies before putting property inherited in their name what can her husband do to obtain property
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answered on Apr 11, 2023

In NC as long as the first will or estate was properly probated, the property passed to the now-deceased individual. If the second will or intestacy proceeding names the husband as the sole beneficiary of the property, it is now in his name.

Without reviewing both estates and the original...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Brother and I own home titled joint tenants with rights of survivorship through inheritance. As I did not want to sell

the home which I had the right to do as executor of estate, we agreed that brother would live in home paying for all upkeep.Brother has a spouse. (whom he married after we became joint owners) Brother has passed away. Spouse is making a claim for property. Does spouse have any legal rights to... View More

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answered on Jan 31, 2023

I would have to check to make sure that your brother didn't add his wife to the deed before he passed, before giving my full legal opinion. But in the scenario you outlined, since the ownership was joint with the right of survivorship between you and your brother, once your brother passed,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: I sell solar and management is really bad and I want to leave but still make sure I’m getting properly paid for my deals

15. Term and Termination. This Agreement takes effect immediately as of the Effective Date, and remains in full force and effect until the Contractor has completed the Services (the "Term"), unless earlier terminated under this Section

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answered on Jun 13, 2024

You will have to speak with an employment lawyer and show them your full employment contract; any advice based on one clause of a contract is all but useless.

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