We are buying a property, and the owner had a verbal agreement to share the well and septic that are on the neighbors property. She has no problem sharing, but we are concerned what would happen if she sold her property.
We need more facts to answer. Was she the spouse at the time the house was acquired or was it premarital property? Since you refer to them as your mother and father, we might assume this was a traditional marriage, but that is far from certain. If they bought the house while married, And they were...Read more »
It is 30 acres of land in VA where 2 of the 5 owners with the other owners permission is setting up what is called The Eden Experience-The Eden Experience is about creating a new sense of community and family based on permaculture farmsteading that thrives and coexists along harmoniously with the... Read more »
This reads like a fairly simple sharecropper agreement with no rental value unless the tenant breaches. To achieve you complete objectives, you probably want to customize the lease, but doing this without a signed agreement will be a very bad idea, especially if your project succeeds and the...Read more »
My grandparents left the house and 50 acres to my mom as owner of the life estate. My brother and I will inherit the house and 50 acres after her death to be split evenly (we have already agreed my brother gets the house + 20 acres and I get the remaining 30 acres). Am I able to build a house now... Read more »
Recently I received an email from a paralegal asking if I’d recieved a check. A PDF was attached with a partition sale documents showing my final proceeds to be about 1.5% of my perceived value of the land that had been in my family for decades; after expenses. About 2 years ago my 2 sisters has... Read more »
It is unlikely that you can reverse the process at this late stage, and it will be useful to understand why you ignored the issue so long. But, in many circumstances, Virginia law in partition rulings is not final for two years after the final order. That might help, but you need to start...Read more »
One thing I love about law practice is that I keep learning new things 35 years after I started practice and about 29 years after I became a Virginia lawyer. Interesting Code section. A trip to a real library rather than the Internet version would get the history of the statute first enacted before...Read more »
What can we do to stop sell of land. Heirs do not want to sell our land but the court is trying to force. All taxes are paid every year and we have roughly 45 acres. Heirs never had a dispute but courts seems to think so. How can we stop a sale we never asked for
You have a boundary line dispute. The longer you wait to file suit is the longer you acquiesce to the other's asserted boundary. Hire a competent attorney now to perform two title searches, possibly a surveyor or the boundary line only, and file and serve the suit. You will lose because of...Read more »
Zoning enforcement just said the property is in violation of zoning because the owner does not have the proper permit to divide a single family home into a duplex. Can i get my deposit and rent money back? The owner doesn't want to end my lease.
My plates had expired and my vehicle was towed from private property (my apartment complex). The towing company said they placed a notice on my car Tuesday, however I never seen a notice. Is it a time frame that they have to give me prior to towing the vehicle?
close to Tehran, Iran and the city wants me to provide them a map of that area in 1991 in order to prove my rightful claim. Is this legal, even in Iran??? I am living in the U.S. and need direction and advice on how to approach this. Please advise! Are they just being unreasonable or is this... Read more »
John Doe died in 1877, leaving 120 acres of woodland. The land was sold by special commissioner, the deed reserving an old burial plot, about 70 x 70'. The new owner sold the land in parcels, one of which included the burying ground. The land was sold and resold several times without mention... Read more »
Of course, the heirs can claim title. In most circumstances, I would then reiterate the teachings of a professor of mine from Penn, and I'd say that any idiot can make a claim if they have a pen, paper, and the filing fee. Usually, prospective clients want to know if they can win, and can be a...Read more »
A year after purchasing my home I found out that the neighbor across the street owns across the road and about 10 feet onto my front lawn, along the the entire front of my property. We have a deeded right of way, which we believed to be with the town, as there is an old road bed there. We have done... Read more »
It is possible for a private individual to own the land on which a right of way is given to another. Many jurisdictions prohibit creating and selling parcels that are “landlocked,” but it sounds like yours isn’t. Often, though, the neighbor’s claimed rights don’t match the recorded...Read more »
I live on Blue Mountain in Front Royal, Va. We are zoned R1 and the neighborhood is located in a Sanitary District. Through a FOIA, I have pulled permits for various lots around the area and these fly by night builders are building on expired permits. What can a citizen do to increase lot size... Read more »
Changing zoning to up-zone property owned by someone else is going to be an uphill battle. There are tricks and skills, but it isn't going to be accomplished inexpensively, and it isn't going to happen based on an Internet-explored plan on a pro se budget. You need to sit down with a...Read more »
This sounds like a commercial lease, which is controlled by its own provisions about the tenant's obligation to maintain the premises. Check the lease for the landlord's remedies if there is a breach of the lease.
I’ve never heard of a private paper street. If it is really a public right of way, then people can drive on it. You might ask a lawyer, title agent, or surveyor to examine title to determine if it was a paper street, and you might ask the police to enforce road safety laws on the now-public right...Read more »
The bridge is in Virginia and was built by the railroad company in 1892 and is maintained by them. The bridge does not carry rail traffic, rather it carries public vehicles on a roadway that was not taken into the Virginia Department of Highways system in 1932 when the State took control over... Read more »
And, your anticipation is that some presently active lawyer will have a present sense recollection of the history of that property and the changing responsibilities for that bridge in 1892 and 1932? How quaint. What may be useful is if you follow the model of historical societies like Peerless...Read more »
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