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Q: I am looking to buy a lot that is about 0.36 acres but I want to buy only half. What are my options?

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 26, 2017

Check with the borough or municipality in which the lot is located. What you are proposing may be a violation of a local subdivision ordinance, as well as the zoning code.

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Q: My Uncle and his ex- girlfriend bought a house in Alaska.He wants to sell the house, but she refuses.

They are both on the title and bought the house as cohabitants. It's been years since they have broken up. She currently lives inside the home with her immediate family. What can he do?

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 11, 2017

File suit against her to "partition" the property.

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Q: will says my mother gets the house and it's to stay in family mom and uncle refuse to sell me house but want sold

Can I stop them from selling the house since Ive lived here for almost 6 yrs taking care of my grandparents they won't let me buy it they have a power struggle issue and won't even give it another thought and I have the means to pay it off alztimers disease is horrible

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 25, 2017

You have failed to indicate what, if any, claim you have to the house. If the will was probated, and the house conveyed to your mother and uncle, you have no right to force them to sell it to you.

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Q: I moved back home in 2012 to care for my grandparents during their last days it's been 5 yrs since my grandma has passed

My grandpa is 88 suffering of alztimers ive had no help from any family what rights do I have when he dies concerning his house can I pay off the morguage and stay here if my family wants to kick me out

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 17, 2017

If your grandparents had validly executed (while they were still mentally competent) wills, their estate passes by the terms of the wills. If not, by the intestacy statutes. I don't believe there is anything that would compensate you for taking care of them.

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Q: Looking for precedent of liquor stores banned by city in unzoned areas that are clearly residential.

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Oct 25, 2016

Is this for Dillingham? It may be that the city banned liquor stores under another power than its planning and zoning power. Or one would have to look at the zoning code and see what the code says about "unzoned" areas (or perhaps called an "unrestricted use zone").

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Q: I have 2 offers on my for sale by owner property. Do I proceed with the first one or the best one?

Do I finalize a price for a backup offer?

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 16, 2016

The choice is yours, but you should accept the best offer, obviously. You would only accept the backup offer if the acceptance is contingent upon the other sale not happening. It looks like you really need the services of a realtor or attorney on this.

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Q: what are my options to get released from a mortgage note on a property I no longer own?

9 years ago I turned the deed over to an individual on a real estate deal that has gone bad. The current owner wants too much money in return for the deed but the mortgage note is still in my name. The note is NOT assume able and his payments are very low (under my name). How do I either get my... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 15, 2016

Mortgages are seldom used in Alaska. Are you sure you are not talking about a deed of trust note?

In any rate, if you conveyed the property securing the mortgage or deed of trust, by executing a deed, you are in a difficult positon legally. You could, perhaps, argue that the deed was...
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Q: my land is being taken away from me from a village i moved away from.

When my children were young, I was able to qualify for a new low-income house. One of the stipulations was to own the land where they can put the house. I own land in my village, I never got to move into the house and moved away. Now they took away the house, which I do not mind, but they... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 17, 2015

As I understand what you are asking, you had title to the land and, on the basis of that title, the village is somehow taking the land away from you. Has the village filed some sort of a lawsuit to "take away" the property (land and house)?

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