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0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: I was recently evicted and the properties manager wouldn't let me in the house to get my stuff can they do that?

So I had found a room for rent, great price and I needed to move. Wasnt there 2 days before, guy I was renting from was arrested for fraud and trespassing because as it turns out it wasn't his place. I was at work, when I received a call from him from jail, telling kinda what was going on... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for Washington on
Q: I own a lot in Washington State and have asked a local contractor for a price to build a home on it.This was in Nov 2021

He sent the plan to an engineer so he could price the home. He has never given me a price and now says go somewhere else. He has now sent me a bill for his time and the engineering. Am I liable for this bill. I never signed anything and don’t even know the engineer’s name. This has taken over... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Washington on
Q: Can i legally run a business from a home that is zoned as residential.

asking for a friend(john) who is having trouble with his neighbors( the smiths). The smiths have an appurtenant easement( long driveway that leads down to their section of property) through Johns property to access their home. Both properties are zoned as residential. The smiths have started to run... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: What do I do in this property dispute that has arises in the process of selling my house

The only driveway for the house sits on the property line and was agreed upon with the previous neighbors now I’m selling my place and the new neighbors who put in an offer for my place as well which was rejected is going and digging up the established driveway that has been there for the better... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: We recently bought land and the neighbor thinks he owns part of the land even though he doesn't, we had it surveyed

he insists on it being his and is threatening us with legal action and calling the cops saying we're trespassing.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 5, 2022

Hire a very competent WA attorney to file a Boundary Line Action, Quiet Title, Ejectment, etc. Time may be critical because of Acquiesence to a physical boundary.

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Washington on
Q: My neighbor parked his trailer in my lot. What can I do to stop him?

I live in Ohio and own a building lot in the state of Washington. Recently, a friend in Washington told me that the neighbor next to my lot parked his trailer in my lot and started mowing my lawn. What can I do to stop him? Thanks for any information.

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Washington on
Q: What if I can’t find another rental by the time my 90 day notice for “intent to sell” and I have nowhere to go?

I’ve been searching for a place and have had no luck. I have 6 weeks left and am terrified I won’t find a place in time.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: The Deed of Trust and NOTE have the incorrect amount. CLOSING DISCLOSURE

Should I sign new documents?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 15, 2022

The obvious answer is No... You might even be accused of fraud later.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: how to get back property that was sold by the sister of the real owner by saying real owner is dead and has no heirs.
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 20, 2022

That will probably require an Action for Ejectment. If you have not busted the SOL, you will need a very competent WA attorney that handles real property litigation. It will be difficult, expensive, and the Sister will be cross-claimed for Breach of Warranty of Title.

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.

Renee Louise Roman
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Renee Louise Roman
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.

Renee Louise Roman
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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 Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: Where can I find a civil rights lawyer that handles commercial discrimination real estate cases?
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 24, 2022

Start buy using the Find a Lawyer tab above and search for civil rights attorneys in your area----call a few and discuss your matter with them. Good luck.

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?

Renee Louise Roman
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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 Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: Can title insurance enforce title rules?

My neigbor has constructed a chicken coop and a horse stall with fenced grazing area within 100 feet of their own house and mine which is on the first half of their property. Our title specifically prohibits livestock structures within 100 feet of a dwelling and on the first half of the property. I... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Feb 1, 2022

What your "title" says is irrelevant. If there are restrictive covenants to be enforced, it must be in the title chain that you claim has been violated. I doubt your insurance company insures against such risks, but you will need to read your policy, which deals with your title not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Who is responsible for creating and filing the Findings of Fact and Conclusions? The judge?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 26, 2022

Usually either party can proffer their own version of a proposed judgment. The Judge does not have to use it, but may sign it, especially if there is no opposition from the other side. Sometimes the Judge announces he will draft and enter his own Judgment. Rule 59 Motions can be made to alter... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Washington on
Q: My mom passed away and owned a house where she had a roommate but we need to sell the house. How do we handle this?

The roommate doesn't have a lease or anything in writing. We're concerned she may not leave because she doesn't have the means but we need to be able to access the house to prepare it for sale. We need to know what our rights are as the estate administrators.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Dec 28, 2021

It is your duty as an Estate Fiduciary to file the eviction action for possession of the Beneficiaries' real property. Hire a competent WA attorney to file suit.

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Q: What happens in WA state when an unfiled summons, declaration and complaint are served without the attachments?
Justin Mishkin
Justin Mishkin
answered on Dec 17, 2021

In Washington State, the initial served pleadings generally are not required to be filed or to include attachments. You should consult with an attorney if you have been served as there are important deadlines you should be aware of in order to prevent a default.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Washington on
Q: Will I need to pay them out or worry about them taking my house?

I bought a house while married but its only under my name. My spouse signed a quit claim deed during the purchase. If we divorce, do I need to worry about losing the house?

Stacie Lynn Naczelnik
Stacie Lynn Naczelnik
answered on Sep 9, 2021

You should consult with an attorney who can advise you on the complexities of community/separate property and your options when it comes to protecting your interest in the house.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Washington on
Q: If your neighbor logs on your land, do you sue the land owner or the logger, and which law backs that up?

Our neighbor is suing us for cutting down trees on "his" land, which is actually our land. (He is also suing us for a 30 x 330 ft portion of our land by claiming squatters rights as well as emotional damage etc. Its a disaster.) But I thought that if someone cut down trees on your land... Read more »

David C. Smith
David C. Smith
answered on Sep 7, 2021

Generally, both the land owner and the logger can be held liable under the described circumstances. The issue, however is complex in your case because there is a dispute with your neighbor regarding who is claiming ownership of the property where the trees are located. But, to answer your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: Do I have legal ground to request land in Winston County Mississippi to be passed on to me as a rightful heir?

Thousands of acres of land in Winston County Mississippi have been divided up between several of my uncles, yet they purposefully excluded my father from his Inheritance. My uncle illegally owns several acres of my fathers land in Winston Mississippi. My father is going to die soon and that land... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 24, 2020

You will have to hire a competent Mississippi attorney who handles real estate litigation. Thorough title searches will have to be performed and heirship determined. Affidavits of Heirship may need to be recorded. If adverse possession under color of title does not deprive you of title,... Read more »

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