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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: Who pays when the bank forgets to deduct utilities from the sale of a house?

We closed on the sale of our house August 3, 2020. I called the utility company to find out what the final utility payment would be and was told the payment amount would be given to the realtor to be deducted from the proceeds of the house. The bank only deducted $100.00, not the total amount of... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Sep 16, 2020

Did you receive an extra $374.50 in sale proceeds because the bank only deducted $100.00, not the total amount of $474.50, from the sale proceeds? If so, then you have to pay the $374.50. That puts all parties where they should have been. Plus, your closing documents probably contain language... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Maine on
Q: If I entered a contract to purchase the home but the seller did not have the title to complete the close on our agreed

Closing date. Is the contract null and void. Can I legally chose not to move forward with the purchase of the home and look for another property?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Aug 4, 2020

The answer will depend primarily, if not entirely, on the terms of your contract with the seller. What does it say about the consequences of the failure of the seller to deliver title on the closing date? That may give you the right to cancel the contract. If you have a broker, you should be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: I owe 875 dollars back rent and she is also suing me for a plane ticket she bought me. We had no lease

I did agree to pay 875 in text

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jun 27, 2020

You likely owe the amount of $875, even without a written lease, because leases can be oral and, as you say, you agreed to pay that amount in a text. It is difficult for me to respond on the plane ticket. What was your and her understanding at the time she bought the ticket? Was the ticket a gift... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: Who owns property left in house/garage after closing. Located in Maine.

We closed on our new home a few days back. It stated in our contract the property was to be empty at closing, during the final walk through the seller still had loads of stuff left behind. We verbally agreed to grant an additional 3 days for them to move out. It’s the 4th day their dragging their... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jun 21, 2020

Although I realize this is not a landlord-tenant situation, I would think if you followed the procedure outlined under Maine law for personal property that is abandoned or unclaimed by a tenant following the tenant’s vacating a rental unit, which can be found at 14 M.R.S. § 6013, you should be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Maine on
Q: Hello my name is Ashley, I asked Aaron’s to get there stuff 6 months ago and they have not can I legally keep it?

Aaron’s closed its rockland maine shop and I asked them to get there stuff Because I was selling the house and they said they didn’t want to cause they are closing to and to ask another Aaron’s company to collect it so we did and basically got the run around anyways I have received many calls... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Dec 25, 2019

If you have a landlord/tenant situation, you want to review this: https://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/14/title14sec6013.html

If not, I suggest you review this: https://www.maine.gov/treasurer/Maine%20UP%20Reporting%20Manual.pdf

If this was a rental-purchase situation,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: I signed a contract for deed in feb 2017. The "owner" refinanced my house twice since . Wont allow me to pay it off.

Been paying faithfully for almost 3 yrs... including taxes

She did not record our contract, nor does she have the deed. Do I have recourse?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 7, 2019

I am sorry, but there aren’t enough facts in your question to allow me to answer it. Perhaps it would be more efficient and helpful for you to call our office at your convenience at 846-6111 and ask for my partner, Cecilia Guecia?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: I'm buying a modular lot model. 2 months since mortgage finalized and home not delivered as promised. What can I do?

When we started the process we agreed to buy the display model because we were promised a fast turnaround before school starts. Now they are saying it won't be until next week after 2 months of struggling to even get a date scheduled. They had originally said the week of August 19th but... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Sep 10, 2019

Assuming you have a written contract with the seller of the modular home, typically the terms of that contract would govern your available rights and remedies under the circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: My boyfriend told me that he bought a house through a bank with installments I don’t know if the bank owns the house

Or the bank just gave him a loan and then he told me that the bank sold it to a brokerage company and he will continue paying to the company and then the company asked for higher price for the house and I don’t think it’s a true story

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Sep 1, 2019

I am sorry, but your question does not contain enough factual information to allow me to answer it.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: If i bought a house through the bank with installments can the bank sell it to brokerage company ?

And is it legal for the brokerage company to ask for higher price than i bought it from bank

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 28, 2019

Not without foreclosing if the deed is in your name.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: Rent to own contract question

Currently I'm the buyer in an owner finance agreement and have missed my August payment. This is the only payment I have missed. I informed the sellers that I would be making a late payment, including my late fees as soon as my check from my new job comes in on the 28th. The sellers then told... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Aug 22, 2019

Based on the facts as you have stated them, yes, if they start the eviction process before that 30 days + 7-day notice period is up, then they would be in breach of your contract.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Maine on
Q: I have a verbal agreement to pay a car for 1 year on time then I won’t need to finish out the pay. But now he wants meto

One year ago I made a verbal agreement I would pay one year on a car he purchased with a secured loan. I made the payments on time for one year, but now he’s bullying and harassing me saying I need to finish paying out the adorations two years. The car was $3500, and I held my end of the verbal... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jul 18, 2019

Verbal agreements can be enforceable under many circumstances, and this may be one of those situations, but the problem you are facing is the primary issue with verbal agreements. If there is a dispute over the agreement, then you need to prove the terms of the agreement with testimony (because... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: I need to remove squatters from my cabin located on leased land in the unorganized territories of Maine.

How do I go about this? Our last attempt was closed without prejudice. I do not understand the legal system and cannot afford a lawyer. Can you help me?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jan 14, 2019

I suggest that you contact Pine Tree Legal to discuss your situation. This website has their contact information: https://www.ptla.org/contact-us

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: Need pro bono lawyer to represent us in Lincoln, Maine for return of stolen property to get our camp & lease back

We have squatters in our camp on leased land in the unorganized territories of Maine. We have everything we need to show the camp is ours but we do not know the legal system. Can you have a warranty deed to a building that is on leased land?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jan 13, 2019

I am sorry, but I do not understand your question. Could you try filling in more details?

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Maine on
Q: Is it okay to write a contract even after work has begun?
Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Nov 10, 2018

The short answer is yes, but there may be significant consequences caused by the fact that one party started the work before a written contract was in place. For example, under Maine law, "[a]ny home construction contract for more than $3,000 in materials or labor must be in writing and must... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: I am in a lease/option contract. The owner and I have found a buyer and is under a contract. Doesn't that void mine?

The buyer has a 30-day contract to buy the house..the title work was begun a month before his contract was signed. There is a 'gap in ownership' that the title company says is not an easy fix. They claim it could drag on for awhile. The owner is doing nothing to repair the title and... Read more »

Elliott R. Teel Esq
Elliott R. Teel Esq answered on Feb 22, 2018

More information is needed to really answer this question. The contract would need to be reviewed to determine if it was valid to begin with, or if there has been a breach.

Depending on the problem with the title, it may not be worth exercising your option right now.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Maine on
Q: Maine-I filed small claims action 4 breach of contract re: dog breeding, I won, Defendant did not pay judgement $6000 by

deadline, had been given means 2 do so by courts in ruling by selling pups in her possession awarded 2 plaintiff 2 be placed from defendants residence due 2 health concerns. I then filed a contempt case & won. Defendant ordered 2 pay $1000 what they claimed they had left after spending rest... Read more »

Elliott R. Teel Esq
Elliott R. Teel Esq answered on Jun 16, 2017

Sounds like you have done a good job so far. I would say do a disclosure hearing and request all their financials - bank statements, tax returns, debts, and business P&L statements. Then the court can set a payment plan or a deadline for full payment, again enforceable by a contempt action.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Maine on
Q: What do we do when we have a breach of contract and the contractor is refusing to refund us our money?
Elliott R. Teel Esq
Elliott R. Teel Esq answered on May 16, 2017

The answer may depend on if the contract says anything about how disputes are handled (there may be a mediation or arbitration clause). If it does not say anything, then depending on the amount that is in dispute, you can to either go to small claims court or to the district court to pursue them.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Maine on
Q: What should I do: Plaintiff fails to respond to interrogatories, doc request, & request for admissions within 30 days

I am being sued for default on a private loan that I was duped into. I wasn't informed the loan was approved nor did I accept it. The funds were disbursed to a 3rd party without my knowledge and I only learned of the situation after the fact.

I answered plaintiff's... Read more »

Glenn B. Manishin
Glenn B. Manishin answered on Mar 29, 2017

The case will not be dismissed for failure to meet discovery deadlines alone.

Move to compel responses to the Ints. and Doc. Reqs. and to "deem" the unanswered Requests for Admission as admitted.

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