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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 Real Estate Law, Municipal Law and Probate for Maine on
Q: How to clear the house title

My gram passed (no will) and her husband passed 6 moths later (no will step kids only) After she passed he never titled the house in his name. the hiers from my gram are all on the same side. gramps parents and siblings are all passed. Does the title to the house stay with my grams estate since he... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 14, 2020

Hire an attorney in Maine to conduct a title search. You have not stated what estate the grandparent had. Once the title is determined, then the heirs at law are determined. Heirship needs to be determined up to the present, and these are owners as tenants in common. A complex Affidavit of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Maine on
Q: getting divorced, can my spouse and i write our own settlement agreement and does it get filed with the divorce?
Robert Guillory Esq
Robert Guillory Esq answered on Sep 14, 2020

You can write your own settlement agreement and send it to the court. if the courts accepts it it will make it part of the divorce judgment. Before sending in the settlement agreement i would suggest you have a family law attorney review it, especially if you have minor children and/or real estate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: Can i be arrested if i ignore banishment from reservation
Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Sep 8, 2020

I am not aware of any State of Maine criminal statute that would apply; however there may be a tribal law that applies. I'd need to know more information before the situation and what tribal jurisdiction to give you a complete answer. Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Maine on
Q: Separated for 6 yrs Ex remained in marital home. Now filing joint and asking for 1/2 equity but ex refuses.

What should I do?

Robert Guillory Esq
Robert Guillory Esq answered on Aug 31, 2020

its hard to answer this question because i don't know what now filing joint means. Are you talking about a tax return? i also dont know what you mean by 1/2 equity.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Divorce for Maine on
Q: My wife get a loan for a building before we got married after a month we got married and we made it business and house.

Back then we said we will have the business and the building 50-50. We spend a lot of money to make it restaurant because was offices and the top floor we made it apartment with bathroom and everything. She never paid a penny before we got married she just get the loan on her name before and... Read more »

Albert Hansen
Albert Hansen answered on Aug 18, 2020

Yes, you have an equitable interest in the property and should be compensated.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Maine on
Q: Can a manager legally hold a berevment leave against a co worker?

So my wife is a supervisior for a department at a hospital. So, in March she went out on leave because her dad was dying and returned back in late July. While she was out, her boss allowed the workers to pretty much do whatever they wanted and didnt hold them accountable for anything. Now that my... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Aug 14, 2020

There isn't really anything to be done in this situation from a legal standpoint. It is unfortunate that your wife is being placed in a difficult situation and is without assistance from her manager but I don't see anything unlawful here based on the facts presented. Was your wife taking... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: Foundation falling in, no lease, landlord giving us no info

foundation was never safe, tenants werent aware, landlord made them leave, gave them a house to stay in that he is trying to rent out, he is still showing it and will not let us rent it. Tenants not sure if landlord could just make them leave and be done, they have 3 kids and the landlord had let... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Aug 13, 2020

Sorry, but I would need a clearer explanation of the facts before I could venture an answer.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Maine on
Q: I am located in Maine my ex is willing to sign rights over to my son to my fiancé Do we have to be married first?

I know some states require a set amount of time the couple has to be married before allowing the adoption but we want our family adopted and whole before we do a wedding

Joe Lewis
Joe Lewis answered on Aug 12, 2020

Congratulations on your impending life events!

Maine has no requirement for adoptive parents to be married.

The situation you describe is a classic set-up for what we call a "consented-to adoption." Your fiance will need to file an adoption petition at the county probate...
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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 Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: I'm looking for the best criminal defense lawyer to handle my case in presque isle maine

my charges were unlawful trafficking scheduled w drug, oas, failure to stop, disordly conduct, and possession of Syringes

Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jul 23, 2020

Please feel free to call my office and we can schedule a consult to discuss. My office is in Bangor but I will handle cases involving felony charges in Presque Isle. if you're looking for referrals for lawyers closer to the Presque Isle area let me know and we can send you some names. Thank you

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: My girlfriend and i purchased a house together in 2006 in Abbot Maine. We split up 3 yrs ago and have both moved on with

Our lives and the house is still in both our names.. She is living there still and i want out of the mortgage without losing my half of the house. What steps do i take?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jul 20, 2020

You would need to refinance the property so that your name is not on the new loan. You will need your ex-girlfriend’s cooperation to explore that possibility.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: Is the person holding the mortgage loan on a home purchase required to be listed on the deed in Maine?

We are getting ready to close, my husband would prefer not to be on the deed for personal reasons even though the mortgage is soley in his name

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jul 18, 2020

The mortgage lender will almost certainly require that your husband's name be on the deed, but you can always ask the lender.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maine on
Q: So my ex cheated on me and I didn't know until she had a baby, I thought I was the father so I signed the childsupport

Papers, and recently I've been thinking and theres no way the child could be mine. If I get a paternity test and I am not the father will I be able to stop paying childsupport?

Robert Guillory Esq
Robert Guillory Esq answered on Jun 29, 2020

i cannot answer your question accurately with the information you have provided me. First and foremost how old is the child? if the child is less than 2 things will be much easier for you. You said you signed the child support. i dont know what that means. Did you sign the birth certificate or is... 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 Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: Can an arresting officer in a criminal case be related to the victim of the crime
Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jun 23, 2020

There is no no law that prevents the arresting officer from being related to the alleged victim. However, the arresting officer's potential bias in the investigation and decision to arrest may be used as a way to challenge the State's case.

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 Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: Our home was listed on Zillow as a foreclosure and it is not for sale . It was listed for 105 days .

They have removed the listing as I e-mailed them but how are they allowed to do this?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 18, 2020

I doubt you have any damages. But if you do, then contact a local personal injury attorney to file a Defamation Of Title Suit. You have already forced them to mitigate your damages, if any. No damages, no tort.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: I have a question about real estate law.

We purchased a home in 2014. The original listing was posted as 2.5 acres by the realtor. We are now learning that we only purchased 1.3 acres. Do we have any recourse?? We feel we were duped with the pricing of the property.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jun 14, 2020

Yes, you have potential recourse, including without limitation, possible claims for fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of statutory duties, but the clock is ticking. The general statute of limitations in Maine to commence a civil action (lawsuit) is "6 years after the cause of action... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Maine on
Q: can i sue an employer outside of workers comp for permanent tbi injuries and shoulder surgery with permanent injuries

I have gone through workers comp court and somehow the judge did not hold the employer responsible for this injury. The employer admitted responsibility for shoulder injury but denied responsibility for head injury which was all part of the same fall on work property that was covered in ice and... Read more »

Anthony K. Ferguson
Anthony K. Ferguson answered on Jun 10, 2020

You are unable to sue your employer for your head injury because under Maine law an employer is immune from liability outside of any worker's compensation benefits you may be entitled.

Assuming that your employer is not the owner of the property where the injury occurred, you may have...
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