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0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and White Collar Crime for Connecticut on
Q: Hi, we were victims of real estate wire fraud last April, and lost over 100K. What type of lawyer would be able to help?

We received wiring instructions from our closing attorney and didn't realize it was from a spoofed email address. When he called asking if we had received the instructions we told him yes, but he did not verify the numbers with us over the phone and we didn't know to do that. Within the... Read more »

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Q: Hello .My condo association is implementing parking spaces. One spot per unit.

My boyfriend lives with me who has a handicapped placard. Will this count as my alloted space?

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0 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Real Estate Law and Contracts for Connecticut on
Q: No final discussion regarding closing. CT real estate attorney closed with clients knowledge or consent. Is this legal?

No final discussion regarding closing on home. CT real estate attorney closed without clients knowledge or consent. After closing delayed due to negative environmental reports, sellers offer to deduct estimated amount to rectify the environmental problem. Attorney recommends to buyers to accept... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on
Q: Can my landlord legally have a security camera outdoors that records audio without our consent?

The camera is facing the porch towards the driveway, but he never disclosed the camera in the lease or the residence guidelines sheet. he texted one of the tenants asking if we had touched it or the wifi cause it wasn’t working but no one did. He said at that point (two weeks into living here)... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Business Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: I’m looking to buy a lease-to-own building for $3MM. My concern is, what if the seller files bankruptcy during my lease?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 25, 2022

He could reject the lease and get out of it if he files bankruptcy. A mortgage and ownership vested in you is a much safer plan.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on
Q: Tenant has denied entry for a mortgage inspection. I have provided advanced written notice. What should I do?

I have provided multiple written notices to enter a week in advance. The tenant continuously wants to reschedule. I cannot keep rescheduling with the bank. Not sure what to do at this point.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 29, 2021

Hire a competent CT attorney to file an eviction action to recover possession.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Mortgage is in my name but my name and boyfriend names on deed. If I sell house is he entitled to any money?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 17, 2021

Whatever proceeds you agree to share with him is your decision. But apparently he owns the exact estate that you do, and without his signature, there will be no conveyance. Your paying the Note is irrelevant.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: I have been in my home for 20 years. A new neighbor has decided to remove stones from a deviding wall. He built a pallet

structure on it. I have asked them to remove it and replace the wall. I am just ignored. What can I do. Vince Cleri

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 26, 2021

You will need a boundary line survey to prove you own all or most of the wall, with the surveyor available as a witness. Then you sue the adjoining owner for trespass, tort damages and possible conversion of the stones. Hopefully you will not need a Boundary Dispute Action. All of this is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: My neighbor built a 10-ft fence wall on their property 8 inches from the border line. I moved into my house 13 years ago

and the fence was already there. I have been maintaining neighbor's 8-in property since then. I recently built a fence that joins my neighbor's fence for my dog. I installed new poles close to the old fence so my fence does not touch my neighbor's. My neighbor is asking me to move my... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 16, 2021

The Boundary Line is probably established by Acquiesence. Hire a CT attorney to search both titles and determine the common boundary line of record. Be prepared to defend your title on Acquiesence if he sues you.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Connecticut residential lease- tenant signing and their attorney as trustee

i am the owner of a single family home that I am renting- A tenant is renting from me and has signed a lease with her attorney co signing as trustee (the attorney manages the tenants trust fund)- Does that mean the attorney is legally responsible if rent is not paid or home is damaged etc? i.e.-... Read more »

Christopher H. McCormick
Christopher H. McCormick
answered on Jan 29, 2021

The attorney is signing in his capacity as trustee of the trust so he is not personally responsible the trust is. If you had to pursue the trust for payment you would name the attorney as trustee as defendant in a collection suit to obtain a judgment against the trust.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Connecticut residential lease holdover- Do the terms of the expired lease carry over into a month-to-month tenancy?

I have a residential tenant and their lease is expiring. If they want to go month to month and we don't sign a new lease- Do the terms of the expired lease carry over into a month-to-month tenancy?

Christopher H. McCormick
Christopher H. McCormick
answered on Jan 29, 2021

A standard clause of most written leases provides that the terms of the written lease continue if the tenant holds over as a month to month lease. Check your lease to look for this clause.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Is there a minimum deposit amt when purchasing a probate home in CT? I believe in some states it is 10%, does this apply

When purchasing a probate home in CT, is there a minimum deposit amount required? I believe some states require a 10% deposit, is this true for CT as well?

Matthew A. Wiley
Matthew A. Wiley
answered on Sep 28, 2020

No. There is no law regarding the size of a deposit. There are quite a few factors that go into buying a home and identifying the deposit amount. Speak with your realtor or speak with a real estate attorney. Many attorneys (my firm included) like to speak to real estate clients early in the process... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Can a town arbitrarily use a residential area street to access a hiking trail thru and around a wetlands for general

public use. The town proposes to use a residential culdesac for parking and public access to the trail site in the wetlands which is surrounded by residential homes.

The neighborhood has no outlet thru streets all traffic must leave the same way it came in by turning around either in a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 15, 2020

This is something a Connecticut attorney is best qualified to advise on, but your post remains open for four weeks. As a GENERAL matter, the use of land for a given purpose could sometimes result in various types of studies (traffic, noise, air quality, etc.) to assess the environmental impact on a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Hello, I am filing a quitclaim deed for my wife to include her on our home.

What is the ct. exemption code under Conn. Gen. Stat. 12-498

John B. Hudak
John B. Hudak
answered on Jun 3, 2020

The question is a little unclear.

Likely you are filling out the conveyance tax form. Download the instructions for the conveyance tax form, from the same website you downloaded the conveyance tax form. The instruction form will give instructions for each line and likely answer your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: My mom and died 8 months apart, the House was in both their names. My mom hand wrote a will specifying my brothers

Could live in home as long as they want, then sisters,also heirs could sell house. It’s going through probate, now the state of Connecticut sees three heirs that owe money, $80,000,14,000,,12,000,they told my brother they want house sold to get the money. What can we do to avoid paying these... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 20, 2020

Your problem lies with filing for Probate. That was not required. Hire a competent attorney to see if the Probate Proceeding can be Dismissed, which is doubtful.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Ex spouse died .i as the ex husband have name in title and deed if home .no will .no one has come forward to claim.

I want to walk away from this problem bcuz i cannot pay the mortgage.can i walk away from this home?the house cant get sold because she died without will .i just want to walk away and not deal with this .what are my options.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 8, 2020

Quitclaim then house to the mortgage holder and walk away.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: If I purchase a plot of land with debt on it, can I be responsible for this debt?

I’m buying a small plot of land for a very cheap price, I’m looking to see if there is some sort of catch that can cause me financial burden

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 30, 2020

If the real property is just deeded to you, then you take the tract subject to whatever encumbrances are on it. But as long as you do not assume or guarantee any debts on the plot, then those encumbrances are only against the land and are not your personal obligation. However any liens, taxes,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: ex wife died .no will .divorced .my name on the title and deed to home.she has older children that never lived with us .

do i have sole ownership as tenant in common?

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Apr 27, 2020

If you were awarded the home in the divorce, then you would be the sole owner. If she was awarded the home in the divorce, then her estate is now the sole owner. If the divorce ordered you two to own the home 50/50 after divorce, then yes. The home will need to be probated and the probate court... Read more »

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Q: My father left land to my brother and I and we've had it listed at a price that was too high to sell for nearly 2 years.

We need to relist it. My brother says that financially he doesn't need to sell it and wants to list it for a price that is $60,000 higher than the price it was already listed at. A new, potential listing agent has indicated it would be unlikely to sell it at such an exorbitant price and... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
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Ellaretha Coleman
answered on Mar 24, 2020

You may be able to file a partition action to get the court to order the sale of the property and distribution of the proceeds.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Who pays on the estate during Probate? Mortgage and insurance? The heirs? I live in the probate estate

I live in my fathers house. He moved to NC. I've been here 5 years+. He was paying the mortgage and insurance until he passed. Now, because I live here is it fully my responsibility to pay these funds during probate? There are 4 heirs.

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Mar 9, 2020

The answer depends on who is going to inherit the house. It is they who need to pay the carrying costs. If they don’t pay those expenses out of pocket the estate can advance them if the estate has the liquidity to do so, but eventually they get charged to whoever inherits the house.

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