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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: Someone owns the trailer but not the land I need help

We want chickens but the one who owns the trailer said no the one who owns the land says yes who do I listen to?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Apr 3, 2020

Can you kindly explain what you mean by "we want chickens," what you would use the chickens for, where they would be located, and what is the relationship between and among you, "the one who owns the trailer," and "the one who owns the land"? Without this additional information (and perhaps more),... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: I have a second home in Maine and a neighbor wants to buy it; do we have to list it in the MLS if we agree?

We would like to sell our home privately to an interested neighbor for the price they offered. We know we need a closing attorney, but do we need to list in the MLS?

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Mar 31, 2020

No; you do not need to list on MLS. A private sale is perfectly fine. Listing on MLS will expose your home to a broad pool of potential buyers, which may or may not result in a higher selling price, but it is not mandatory. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Maine on
Q: Does a Roth IRA conversion affect eligibility for Health care premium tax credit?

My spouse was not working in 2019, so we needed a premium tax credit to pay for health care coverage. I also converted an IRA to a Roth IRA (apx value: $80k). I understood I would have to pay taxes on this amount, but I did not expect this type of income would be counted towards my ability to pay... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Mar 24, 2020

It's income.

Probably would have been a good idea to hire a professional to advise you before you made a big decision.

Nothing to be done at this point, you can't just put it back.

Call your representatives and tell them to change title 26 of the US code.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: I closed on a house in Hartford Me. It required flood insurance This was set up and money given for escrow

They then asked for more money after closing can they do this? Kate

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Mar 11, 2020

Not to answer your question with a question (or two), but what needed to be paid such that they asked you for more money after closing and who is "they"?

3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Maine on
Q: what type of deed do i have ???

My wife and I built a house in the state of Maine . She died,no will. The deed has her name and mine on it. We did not put jt or tic on the deed. In Maine if your spouse dies, the deed would go to me as survivor. But the county told me I can not put it in my name because it does not say joint... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Mar 8, 2020

From the facts as you state them, the deed created a tenancy in common between you and your wife, because that is the default rule in Maine unless the deed states otherwise. What this means is, when she died, her property share passed to her heirs rather than to you as the surviving tenant, so you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: Without my consent or knowledge someone built a complete house on my property in Belfast, MA. Who owns it now ?

Purchased 10 acres of land 17 years ago for a future retirement home I plan to build in 4 years. I live in PA currently. I've been paying taxes on the land for 17 years. Someone built an entire home on my property just feet from the property line.

Once the builder and hopeful homeowner... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Feb 29, 2020

The folks who built the home own the home, but they are trespassing on your property, so you would have the ability to bring a lawsuit seeking to compel them to move the home off your property and restore your property to the condition it was in prior to them building the home. Another possible... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Maine on
Q: I invested money with my uncle now he will not give me my money what can I legally do?

My mother passed away and left her life insurance to my uncle to distribute to us kids. The money was distributed to each kid and he then asked if I would like to invest with him in an account since he can get a higher rate of return and I agreed to invest. He will now not give me the money because... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Feb 29, 2020

The answer depends on what your agreement was with your uncle when you agreed to invest with him. If you have the right to request your money back at any time, then you can likely sue him in an effort to force him to give it back to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Maine on
Q: What is the age requirement for a person to be counselled by an elder care lawyer?
Daniel J. Eccher
Daniel J. Eccher answered on Feb 10, 2020

There is no age requirement; "elder law" or "elder care law" encompasses disability law as well.

Elder care lawyers usually attract clients over 60, but many of the issues they handle (e.g., how to plan for long-term care, how to protect public benefits for someone who may be getting a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Collections for Maine on
Q: Is my girlfriend allowed to gain the title to her trailer after a profit loss write off on the mortgage?

My girlfriend and her mother both had their names on a mortgage for her trailer. It was paid on decently from 2015 to the end of 2018 when her mother passed away. Afterwards we spent a couple months trying to contact the company we paid mortgage to, which in turn caused us to talk to the owner. We... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Feb 9, 2020

I am sorry, but I would need more information in order to analyze this situation properly. For starters, who is the owner you reference above? Is this person the owner of the trailer? If not, who is the owner of the trailer? Also, who is the holder of the mortgage? Finally, why do you say you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Maine on
Q: I'm looking for a lawyer to appear in court for me tomorrow at 830 in machias maine for an oui. Any suggestions?
William T. Bly Esq
William T. Bly Esq answered on Feb 3, 2020

Asking someone to appear for you and looking for suggestions sounds like you're shooting in the dark. And this is a last minute "ask". My suggestion is that you make serious inquiries about retaining the best attorney that you can, and if that person can appear for you, that's a bonus. If you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: If i can get a fax # I could send it for review. I live in California so its 3 hrs different.
Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jan 30, 2020

My fax # is (413) 702-3124. My email is fbopp@boppguecia.com. Please email me so I have your email address. We will need to run a conflict check, which I can explain further via email. Thank you.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maine on
Q: We purchased a house in maine and want to close by April 30th 2020. Sellers are trying to stop us

We were to close in April 2020 but seller wants to wait till June and plus wants $3000.00 to prove we want it.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jan 29, 2020

If you have a purchase and sale agreement, reviewing that will be a good place to start in looking for an answer. I would be happy to review it and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maine on
Q: My ex husband was fired from his job and has not paid alimony. We have 2 kids that live with me now and there is no

Court order for child support bc at the time of divorce they lived with him. Motion to modify?? Where should I start

Robert Guillory Esq
Robert Guillory Esq answered on Jan 28, 2020

You should file a motion to modify and a motion to enforce. Both forms are available online at the maine judicial website under court forms or you can pick up the paper forms at any courthouse. You should do this immediately as the child support will only go as far back as when you serve your ex... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Maine on
Q: My partner has no proof that he is in the US legally. He came from Canada when he was a teenager to go to private school

My partner has no proof that he is in the US legally. He came from Canada when he was a teenager to go to private school. He has a social security card but a Canadian birth certificate and no other information. He was born in Canada and adopted as a baby, his mother is a US Citizen and his father... Read more »

Allen C. Ladd
Allen C. Ladd answered on Jan 27, 2020

Assuming you are a US citizen, you can marry him and apply for permanent residence. Your partner either came as a foreign student (F-1 visa status) or as a visitor. The school probably has records that will help establish how he came into the USA. The point is to show he made a LEGAL entry,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Maine on
Q: How long does a felony 1st appearance in Maine take? Do you have to wait until everyone's done before leaving?

Hi,

I previously asked about how long a felony first appearance in Maine takes, and if there's a bathroom break. I received an answer that first appearances, unlike arraingment, don't take very long, and a bathroom break is therefore unnecessary.

First of all: thanks for that... Read more »

William T. Bly Esq
William T. Bly Esq answered on Jan 22, 2020

That is correct. You might be waiting for a long time for the judge to call your name. FYI, if you're seeking representation for a criminal charge, and it sounds like it's a felony, please consider calling my office to setup a consultation. Thanks and good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Maine on
Q: fictitious inspection sticker in ME, 1st offense

My husband was recently pulled over and was ticketed for no proof of insurance, we have it although the card wasnt in his car. Also got summons for display of fictitious inspection sticker.This is a 1st offense, what are the penalties, and will there be jail time?

Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jan 20, 2020

On the insurance, if you contest the ticket and send in proof of insurance that ticket should be dismissed.

On the inspection sticker charge, it is a class E misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and $1000 fine. Those are the maximum penalties. Jail time is not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Maine on
Q: How long does 1st appearance in Maine take? Can you go to bathroom in the middle? At what point are you considered done?
William T. Bly Esq
William T. Bly Esq answered on Jan 17, 2020

There is a difference between an initial appearance and an arraignment. An initial appearance is reserved for felony charges. At that hearing, the judge will discuss the charges with you, ensure you understand the maximum penalties allowed by law (if convicted), set bail (if not already set) and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Maine on
Q: I am a full time hourly employee in Maine. Am I guaranteed a certain # of hours per week?

A mechanical issue reduced the need for employees and I was sent home. Losing a days pay.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 15, 2020

The Fair Labor Standards Act does not require that employers give their employees a minimum number of hours to work; it only requires that employees be paid at least minimum wage for each hour worked. If you were sent home (and thus did not perform work) during this mechanical issue, there is no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Maine on
Q: In Maine, at what point in the pre-trial process is a person released, and how would someone's bail be denied?

So to clarify my question a little more:

I'm a writer, and looking to do some research for my book. In it, someone is arrested on a felony, and the prosecution argues that he's dangerous and his bail should be denied.

So firstly: at what stage would the prosecution argue this?... Read more »

Hunter J Tzovarras
Hunter J Tzovarras answered on Jan 11, 2020

The bail would be argued at the initial appearance.

If someone is granted bail they are released right away after the initial appearance.

Hope that helps. Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maine on
Q: my landlord told me i was gonna be served by the sheriff and then told me no messing around.

My rent is due the 1st of the month. I sent my check out and it must of gotten lost in the mail. So the landlord emailed me and said " As of yesterday, December 11, I had not received rent for the month of December 2019 which was due on December 1. Pursuant to your lease, you are now also... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jan 9, 2020

No, this is not harassment, but there are several potential issues here. One you may want to explore is, assuming this is a residential lease, the maximum late fee for rent not paid within 15 days after it is due is 4% of one month's rent. So, if your rent is $950 per month, the late fee cannot... Read more »

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