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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: Landlord options if they miss required window to notify tenant of increase in rent

As a landlord, if I ask a tenant to pay a higher monthly rent upon renewal of the lease, but I notify the tenant of my increase after the state of Maine required 45 days notice and the tenant refuses to accept my proposed increase, can I choose not to renew that lease and then find new tenants who... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III
answered on Jan 26, 2023

It depends on how you do it and what the terms of the current lease and your notice of rent increase provide. I would need to review the current lease and the notice of rent increase to provide you with an accurate and more complete answer. As a general matter, however, if you make it clear the... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Maine on
Q: I was the guardian for 15 months for my grandson. I am his legal grandmother. I am seeking grandparent rights.

We have had a strong bond between us since his birth. DHS just pulled him from me and returned him to his parents. The parents are on drugs, and my grandson is in harms way. There was no stability in the home and no safety from harm.

The mother abuses the father and

he wont... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: Can I sue my former tenant sister, after her boyfriend vandalized the rental?

I gave them 90 days to leave, and the day after they were supposed to be out, I went to change the locks and they still had stuff in the house that I moved to the porch, and notified them of. I came back a few days later to find the house vandalized, the boyfriend admitted it to the police, but I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Landlord - Tenant, Probate and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: What is the eviction process like in a probate related case?
Daniel J. Eccher
Daniel J. Eccher
answered on Jan 19, 2023

The eviction process in a probate case is very much like the usual eviction process, with a couple of key differences. Usually, it is the Personal Representative of the estate who stands in the shoes of the landlord. The Personal Representative gives the tenants facing eviction proper notice, and... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: I live in southern maine. My mother passed away and the landlord wants me to pay tnousands of dollars in damages. Legal?

Ive not lived there for 8 years, and he kept the deposite for vague reasons. My mother passed away and he sent me a bill for 2600$ for cleaning and stuff. After we eptied the house. Am i liable for this? Should i go to court over my mothers debts? Do i also owe her for the electric bill she didnt... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Maine on
Q: Can I move and get a firearm in another state if there is an active PFA against me in this state?
Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras
answered on Jan 12, 2023

If you have an active PFA that does not allow possession of a firearm, or has certain elements of threats or violence, then you cannot possess a firearm under federal law in any state.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Maine on
Q: Sister signed sale paperwork on 1/8 stating my kids and I will vacate the premises by 1/27, am I entitled to more time?

Went to court 12/13/22 for a petition I filed to have my sister removed as personal representative of my dad's estate due to some mishandling of things and the judge decided on a supervised administration with a realtor and for us all to work in good faith with them to sell the home, including... Read more »

Carl T Williams
Carl T Williams
answered on Jan 10, 2023

You may be able to obtain an extension of time depending on provisions set forth in the agreement you executed. I would need to review the specific provisions set forth in the agreement and applicable court orders.

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: I'm disabled and my landlord(mom) is continuously yelling at me , no restroom and it's 2 people facing me alone

No access to the bathroom because she changed the locks , yelling at me and it's making my MS flair up and they know it , I'm a mess .

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: are members of non profit homeowner associations allowed to make a profit by using their home as short term rentals

Our hoa association, registered as a Maine non profit has restrictive deeds and covenants. One owner does not live in home but rents it several times per month for income. Is this allowed in a non profit corporation. And are Are all home owners members of the hoa with associated voting rights

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Maine on
Q: What are my options in selling my share of a co-owned home with my sister?

I own a home with my sister and we no longer wish to own the property together. I am willing to sell my share to her or purchase her share, should she want to sell to me. Four months ago, my sister indicated she would like to purchase my share and would secure financing to do so. Since then,... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Maine on
Q: My parents have lived apart since October, 2021 and now wish to divorce. They have agreed on property/asset division.

When filling out court forms, do I select "Divorce-real estate involved" or "Divorce-no real estate" on form FM-002? As their daughter, I have agreed to help them fill out paperwork and file without attorneys as long as things remain amicable.

0 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Maine on
Q: how to press charges for abuse a year and a half after the fact?

I got a restraining order on him a year ago. Currently taking him to court to have his rights to our daughter taken from him and have her last name changed to mine. We never married but he was abusive and I am just now starting to understand that i didnt deserve what he did and I want him to get... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maine on
Q: I have nothing against dogs. But there’s a woman down the street she keeps walking her dog on my front lawn

She gets up close to my front windows even goes in my driveway where she’s off the camera view in the front. I’ve asked her nicely to please stay off the lawn and driveway she continues. I find piles of dog poo. 1 spot of the lawn is ruined from constant urine. What are my rights as she is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: How do I file assault and child endangerment charges?

May 9, 2022, ex-wife came to pick up daughter, outraged over being an hour late due to road closures, and while I was holding the handle of the rear passenger door saying goodbye to my daughter, my ex-wife sped off with the door open and me still hanging on. My daughter was scared, as was I. I went... Read more »

Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras
answered on Dec 27, 2022

You need to contact the police to file a report. Once the police complete the investigation, the reports will be sent to the District Attorney to make a charging decision.

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Tax Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Maine on
Q: Q: File bankruptcy or hire a debt company like freedomdebtrelief (d0t) com? Unemployed, 61yrs w/~54k in cc debt.

Unemployment runs out before I can collect social. I have no 401k or savings, I can't pay the minimums and don't know even know which debt companies are reputable? Does using a debt company prevent me from applying another recourse later?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Dec 19, 2022

I've had several clients tell me that they've tried "debt relief" companies, but none were happy with the results (if any).

The going rate for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, for attorneys fees plus court costs, is about $2,000, for a simple, straightforward case....
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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: Does the three different good time laws in Maine violate constitutionality and or are they discriminatory!
Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras
answered on Dec 1, 2022

I do not believe these laws have ever been challenged in court. Since good time is determined by the Department of Corrections and not considered part of the sentence but an administrative determination by stature, the Court may not find a constitutional violation in the difference statutes. You... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Maine on
Q: What are my options for getting out of this cosign situation?

I cosigner a car loan a few years ago with my girlfriend at the time. We broke up, and she refused a pay it, and has been on the run to stop ot from getting repossessed. I can't afford to pay it. What are my options? I live in maine.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 26, 2022

Find the car, repossess it if your name is on it, then sell it and pay the proceeds on the loan. There’s really no other way for you to get out from paying its. If your name is not on the title, then you’ll need to sue her to resolve this.

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