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2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: My house sold at for closure auction where can I get free help claiming the surplus funds?

Auction was on aug.5th and I believe sold for 186,000 over what was owed .I am still in the house because without the money I have no cash to move and no where to go

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answered on Aug 27, 2022

Obtaining these funds may require the services of an attorney, one who is familiar with the surplus funds procedure, who can assess your situation. This process usually involves notice to lien holders and a hearing, so you may want to start that process as soon as possible. Although I am not aware... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: I have 2 properties side by side each with a parcel Number. Can I sell as one? will the parcels retain their P numbers

Trying to avoid paying closing cost on 2 different properties and possible capital gains. This is in Washington State, Skagit County.

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answered on Mar 21, 2022

If each property has its own parcel number, yes, you can sell them together to one buyer, but they will retain their original parcel numbers. You will need to pay closing costs on both properties. To find out about possible capital gains, you should consult a CPA and they can advise you according... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: My house was sold in a foreclosure sale. There is 45k in excess funds held in the court registry.

For years, then turned over to the Dept of Revenue in Sept of 2020. There's a judgment filed by Chase bank with 0 balance. How do I get my money released to me.

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Renee Louise Roman
answered on Mar 14, 2022

You will need to contact an attorney who is familiar with this process, someone who can review the status of your claim and petition for release of these funds from the court registry. Through this process, judgment creditors of record (if any) will be notified, after which the funds can be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Washington on
Q: I’m on my moms bank account. She just passed away, she has no will or power of attorney. Who gets that money?

Mom has just two daughters. Legally separated. Sister is trying to go to court to fight for the account.

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Renee Louise Roman
answered on Mar 7, 2022

This may depend on how the bank account was set up. If it was a joint bank account with right of survivorship, you may be entitled to the funds. However, there may also be other factors that determine who would inherit this money. It is best to consult a probate attorney who can explain the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Washington on
Q: How do I start the process to be the person to make my mother's decisions? She is not mentally able to make decisions.

I am not able to care for her, and she is needing care daily whether it have to be 24/7 or just a person during the day. She has nothing, no home, and did receive SSI until she mentally couldn't remember to do her reviews, paperwork etc they won't allow me to speak for her. She need... Read more »

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Renee Louise Roman
answered on Feb 26, 2022

In order to make decisions for your mother, you will need to be appointed as her guardian, unless she has an existing power of attorney naming you as her attorney in fact. If she previously executed a power of attorney, you should have this reviewed to see what decisions you are able to make on her... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: How do I transfer inherited property.

I am the executor and sole beneficiary to my mother's estate. How do I transfer the deed to her house to my daughter?

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Renee Louise Roman
answered on Feb 26, 2022

Depending on the circumstances, probate may have to be initiated in order to properly transfer the property. A real estate lawyer can prepare a deed and tax affidavit which can then be executed and recorded. You may wish to contact an attorney who practices both real estate and probate to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: Mom hasn't received her half from the estate sale. Probate started 04/2021.house sold 09/2021. What does she need to do?
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answered on Feb 26, 2022

She should contact the estate executor. If she doesn’t receive satisfactory answers, she may need to enlist the services of a probate attorney. An experienced probate attorney can represent her interests, and obtain valuable information about the estate. He or she can determine exactly what your... Read more »

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