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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: What are my options for roof damage that occurred after inspection but before closing?

I had my house inspected in October and everything was fine. The old owners did not want to move out until January and there was damage sustained to the roof in November. My insurance will not cover it because I didn’t have a policy on this house and said to have the previous owners file a claim,... Read more »

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on Jun 23, 2021

A number of states (including Illinois) have adopted the Uniform Vendor and Purchaser Risk Act (765 ILCS 65/1). This Act provides that in all real estate contracts there is an implied term that if the purchaser has NOT yet received title OR possession of the property, the seller bears the risk... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: May I change the locks on a home I own that has been for the most part abandoned? Please see additional info below:

Home was purchased at a foreclosure (judicial) sale in Illinois. I have a order of possession from the original foreclosure proceedings. Evictions have been postponed due to pandemic. Home has water shut off. Prior owner lives somewhere else, but still has keys. Prior owner occasionally visits... Read more »

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on Apr 29, 2021

As a practical matter, yes. Possession has been ordered in the foreclosure. The owner does not RESIDE in the premises. It sounds like he's an occasional trespasser.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: I live in a 31 floor high rise building in river north Chicago owned by a management company.

Because of an error the developer made all balconies are having to be replaced in a 3 year old building. The drilling and construction has been going on for months and is unbearable in a work from home environment. What are our tenant rights in the situation (concessions, lease cancellations w/out... Read more »

Robert Shipley
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Robert Shipley
answered on Apr 13, 2021

The lease would have to be reviewed to determine what rights you may have as a tenant give the circumstances you describe. If the work has interfered with your ability to live in your unit without disruption there may be a basis to claim constructive eviction and terminate the lease on that basis.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: Inherited undivided interest in a large amount of land, that has mineral rights. Can one of the family members force the

The other family members to sell the land? This land has been in our family for an extremely long time & some don’t want to sell.

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
answered on Mar 27, 2021

Those who want to sell can file a lawsuit for Partition. They will win. This will give the court the power to sell the property at auction and divide the proceeds among all the owners. An auction sale is not likely to bring in as much money as a regular sale.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Illinois on
Q: How do add a relative to your home, so they can continue living their if one should pass away?

I live with my mother, helping her with bills and running errands for her since she had been on oxygen, she just had a stroke and is now in the hospital. I am one of 3 sons. One brother has legally been left in charge of her finances, the other in charge of her medical. She was wanting to put me on... Read more »

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson
answered on Mar 25, 2021

To say which is "best" is subjective and would depend on many factors. However, the three most common ways to accomplish the goal of leaving you the house are:

1. Adding your name to the title.

2. She can leave it to you in her will.

3. She can put it in a trust...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: I have a quit claim deed from my grandmother drafted 40 years ago, the grantees where her 3 children,the deed has a ---

Designation which states "not in tenancy in common but in joint tenancy" what does this Designation mean? Let's see who is the smartest attorney out there?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 11, 2021

Generally that means the survivor of the three grantees take the fee simple absolute. The two predeceasing grantees estates are extinguished and their heirs/devisees take nothing. Before you act on this explanation, you should hire a competent attorney to perform a title search.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: When a family member passes, how can you be sure that the house goes to the intended beneficiary?

My father want to be sure that I maintain his home when he passes, but we're not sure how to accomplish this. We're in St. Clair County Illinois. When we called the county, we were told to reach out to a lawyer.

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on Mar 8, 2021

There are a few options. First, your father can leave the home to you in his will. Second, your father could execute and record a Transfer on Death Instrument (TODI). This document should be immediately recorded in the County Recorder's Office and becomes effective upon your father's passing.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: When giving easement to property can you specify usage of easement?

Brother is wanting easement to get to his property. He farms it and has a goose pit. The problem is his let everyone goose hunt . They fly by the house down the road without permission or care about animals and people.

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on Feb 11, 2021

Yes - you can define the specific use of the property subject to the easement. For instance, the easement can be for ingress and egress. The easement can be for the installation and maintenance of utilities such as electricity, gas or sanitary sewer.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: Where can I find a free or fee based attorney to help me save my house? I have kids

Between husband being off due to infection in hand and when he went back to work a pay cut and my hours cut we are behind on our home and now an attorney has sent us a letter about taking house

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 3, 2021

An Illinois attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for five weeks. You could try running some searches under "legal aid attorneys" and similar and related terms. Also try searching for "pro bono legal services." Look into whether the Illinois State Bar... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I trim branches of a neighbor's tree that are hanging over my property and fence? With or without notifying her.

She told the contractors I hired to do the work not to touch her tree. At no time were they on her property

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on Dec 11, 2020

Yes - Technically your property extends from the ground up. That being said, many contractors are hesitant to cut portions of a neighbor's tree since they do not want to be caught up in a legal dispute. Also, I'm sure they would want to be darn sure where the property line is....

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: How much would it cost for someone to review a lease agreement for me and help me understand my rights and conditions?

This is a lease agreement with a Landlord for a Small Business. It would be great if someone can do this for free. I am having a hard time understanding a few items in the contract.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Nov 20, 2020

This is a good question, but the answer depends on a number of factors. For example, is this a residential or commercial lease? What is the length of the lease? How long is the lease period and what is the rent? A commercial lease is much more complex than a residential lease.

I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: A sale was conducted, the deed was recorded, but

1) transfer taxes were not paid

2) transfer stamps not on the filed deed document

3) purchaser's signature not on the document.

Is the sale valid or is it void?

Erik K Jacobs
Erik K Jacobs
answered on Nov 19, 2020

Generally the County Recorder will not record a deed without transfer taxes. However, there are a number of situations where a transaction may be exempt from having to pay transfer taxes. See 35 ILCS 200/31-45(a). Several municipalities also have transfer tax ordinances which require a tax to be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: How do I transfer real estate as an administrator of the estate in Illinois?

What document do I use? If it's a quitclaim deed, what name is listed as the grantor? The deceased person, or "The Estate of ...."? I would be the one signing it, as the administrator. The current deed is in the deceased's name solely.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Oct 26, 2020

I have to be blunt: You shouldn't attempt to do this without using a lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Gov & Administrative Law, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Illinois on
Q: Want to put in a fence but restriction on plat are in the way. The city doesn't know who owns the plat restrictions.

We purchased a home in McHenry, IL and back up to a major roadway. We have dogs and kids and want to put in a 6' fence and not give up 30' of our yard. The restrictions are on the plat but nobody knows who owns them to have them removed. The restrictions are:

1. Fencing is... Read more »

Robert Shipley
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Robert Shipley
answered on Oct 22, 2020

Based upon your description, it appears the City is/would be cooperative with your ultimate goal. It is likely the restrictions were put in place by the developer, perhaps based upon zoning or right of way issues. I would think the City should be able to work with you to develop a solution. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: How can I evict someone off property I have put a downpayment on

The landowner I am purchasing it from allowed a friend of his to put a mobile home on the property until it was sold. I have put 2000$ down on this property. How can I get this person to legally leave

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Oct 19, 2020

When you have title to the property (after closing) you'll be able to evict someone. The mere fact you're in the process of buying it is not enough.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Q: I am in a current situation where i am renting a basement to live from my parents. What are my rights?

I(21) am renting the basement from my parents house as a living area. We have a verbal rental agreement for $250 a month, with other basic rules (clean up after yourself, etc). My parents have been known to be very toxic and verbally abusive and since I am renting from them with a verbal rental... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink
answered on Oct 13, 2020

Not sure what you mean by "what i can do." You can always move out. If your parents wish to evict you, they will have to file it with the Court in the county where you live and deal with it in court in order to remove you. Not sure you or your parents want it to get to this level.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: Have r/e agent w/out a contract. Saw house on own. Didn't know I had to disclose I had agent. What is obligation?

i went to see house on my own to be proactive. after going thru the house with the sell agent I said I would have my agent contact them. the sell agent got very angry and said I was to disclose I was working with agent. I did not know that. The selling agent never asked. The selling agent then... Read more »

Robert Shipley
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Robert Shipley
answered on Sep 29, 2020

Legally, your obligation is to the agent/broker with whom you signed an agreement. If you did not sign an agreement with the agent/broker who agreed to show you properties then there is no commission to pay a commission. If the selling brokers you have described are 'angry' that is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: i was in foreclosure 11 years age and the motion was withdrawn without prejudice. i am trying to sell the property

can i sue to quite the title

James Kottaras
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James Kottaras
answered on Sep 28, 2020

You will need to have the title checked to see if the foreclosure case still appears as a "cloud" on title. The foreclosure case itself will also have to be examined to see if it was disposed of and/or if it still is a lien on the property. If it was dismissed "without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: Can a managing broker or real estate brokerage withhold earned commissions from an agent?
Robert Shipley
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Robert Shipley
answered on Sep 15, 2020

On a general basis, the answer is no. Earned commissions should be paid. However each case is dependent on its facts. I presume you have a contract and that should be reviewed. I would recommend you consult with an attorney to review and discuss the details.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: Can they put a lien on my moms house over my deceased dads debt that she didnt agree to?

My dad died in january. Before he died he had roof work done on our house. They lied to him and promised insurance would cover the roofing, but insurance only covered a small amount. My mom now cant afford their 6k bill and kept the 2k check from allstate as well. Now the roofers are threatening a... Read more »

Robert Shipley
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Robert Shipley
answered on Sep 10, 2020

I am assuming that the home was owned jointly by your mother and father. That being the case, if the contractor completed the work, if they choose they can record a lien for the value of the work which has not been paid.

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