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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How does one find contingency lawyer?. I'm pro se in Federal civil rights case. Judge/neutral evaluator agree strong

I'm the plaintiff in a current case against a municipality, the judge and the nuetral evaluator have suggested that I find a contingency lawyer as I have a strong case. We are currently in the process of filing depositions. Held in the Western District state of PA

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 25, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney could best guide you, but your question remains open for four weeks. You could use the Find-a-Lawyer tab above to find someone, or you could search online independently. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My elderly parents are in a volatile situation. They entered into an occupancy agreement that involves a substantial

amount of money to be paid back to them. We plan on moving them out within a few days to a better place. There is an occupancy agreement involved. The agreement states that they need to notify the owner of their plans on moving. And owner will have to pay them back within a year from the notice... Read more »

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Aug 22, 2020

You should consult with a lawyer, who would undoubtedly want to review the occupancy agreement.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I file for bankruptcy and own a property in a HOA, what happens when I have a balance with them?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 11, 2020

It is probably a lien against the property and will still have to be paid.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, I am trying to get out of my lease.

I live in a studio apt that is noisy at late hours and constantly has an overabundance of pungent weed smells going around. I am having health issues and this is not helping. I get dizzy and lightheaded from the smells and it states in the lease that there is no smoking allowed. I have complained... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 10, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could try reposting in the Landlord-Tenant Law section. There's no guarantee that all questions are picked up, but under Landlord-Tenant questions, your post would have better chances. Good luck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, I have a real estate question. I would like to have my mother's name removed from the deed for our home. She has

been deceased for eighteen years. Both of our names are on the deed. How can I proceed with this? Do I need a lawyer?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 6, 2020

She cannot deed you the home now. About the only thing you can do is file an Affidavit which tells of her deed ownership and death. You did not state what the granting clause says, as you may be a tenant in common, the surviving tenant, etc. Hire an attorney to determine the present title.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My mother passed away going on two years ago and she left the house to six of us siblings my sister and I Are executive

if one can’t do it The other one step in ,but she has not in rolled our name in city hall ,she was to write our name as owner of the house,should I step in .she move in and didn’t let no one know and change all the lock what should I do.please help me

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Aug 6, 2020

If you and your sister are the Executors, that means that your mom had a Will and that the Will was probated (that means, filed with the Register of Wills). If so, that means that an estate has been opened. Did you not have a lawyer to do that? You certainly should have had a lawyer. Clearly,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Banking for Pennsylvania on
Q: My husband and I are in the divorce process. I just found out he refinanced the house w/o my knowledge. Is this legal?

My husband (soon ex) and I built a house together 3 years ago. Due to criminal charges and domestic he was evicted from the home and I live here with our children. We are both on the deed as well as his father (who helped us) but I am not on the home loan, just my husband and his father. I just got... Read more »

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Aug 1, 2020

If he signed mortgage documents without you joining in, you are unaffected by the new mortgage documents.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My mother passed away this year and I continue to pay the mortgage but I'm not stated on it. Due I need to file probate

We refinanced in 2004 but when the mortgage was recorded my mother was listed as mortgagor but my name wasn't stated. Do I need to file probate in order to update the deed to the property?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 1, 2020

Yes. You might have to refinance to mortgage.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: We are buying a farm and buyers and sellers all have signed the agreement of sale, do we still need it witnessed
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 28, 2020

That agreement is only a executory contract which has not been executed. Land is usually transferred by Deed or Heirship. Have a competent lawyer draft a Deed for the sellers to execute. But get a title search first so you know who the owners are and can construct meaningful derivation of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have to escrow taxes and insurance when buying a home and using a mortgage company? can i just pay my own?

Home is $185,000, appraised at $200,000. I am putting 5% down on a conventional loan.

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Jul 23, 2020

That would typically be up to the lender to decide.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Sold my home to oldest son for what I owed on it. Verbal agreement I could live there until I died.

As soon as the sale was finalized I was forced out by verbal abuse escalating to physical abuse. Do I have any legal recourse for the rest of the price of the house?

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Jul 23, 2020

Responding from a New York perspective, verbal agreements usually bear very little weight.

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Driveway easement

Purchased a home in Pa came back with clean title with no easement for shared driveway the new owner of the house next door came over and told me that it is a shared driveway and I told her no that I own it now she want to file an easement to use my driveway what can I do to stop them from using it

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jul 16, 2020

This is a problem to be resolved through the title company you used when you bought the house. There are multiple possible answers:

1. Your title company made a mistake;

2. You made a mistake and mis-read your policy;

3. Your neighbor made a mistake;

4. The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Election Law and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What would be the best way to address an HOA election dispute in PA?

It was brought to my attention that one of the previous board members who has now been re-elected for another term was in fact in violation of our rules and regulations prior to the nomination period being closed, which would be a direct contradiction of the amendments that they (previous board)... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 1, 2020

The HOA bylaws govern what procedure you should take. How much are you willing to spend on attorneys fees to fight this?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Found my 4th great-grand fathers land patent from 1815. This land may be part of "state game property"..? Was told to

check Title records from 1795 to present, to see if there may be a claim to this family property..?

Crawford county, PA.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 30, 2020

Not sure of your question. But if you feel it is important, hire a competent attorney to run a Title Search for at least 225 years. It will involve alot of inexact legal descriptions and questionable derivations of title. I suggest you start with a search back about 50 years to start with, as... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Private Sale Vacant Lot

I’m buying a vacant land from a close family friend. This is a cash deal. Can we just do a sale agreement and deed On our own and have our signatures notarized? I plan to Do a title search on my own and then file the paperwork with the county. I don’t see why I need to pay all this money for... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Jun 26, 2020

You ask whether you ”can” purchase your f

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How are days prior to Settlement Date calculated?

I need to have repairs completed "no later than 3 days prior to Settlement Date". My Settlement Date is July 14th. Do I have to have the repairs done by July 10th or 11th? The state is Pennsylvania. I am having delays due to COVID.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 24, 2020

Talk to the buyer and ask for an extension. Make sure its in writing.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I find an electrician's insurance information? He is registered in Pennsylvania.

(He will not provide the details himself).

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 23, 2020

You can also make a claim under your homeowners policy. They will investigate the electrician if it’s covered under your policy.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Law, Construction Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I find an electrician's insurance company if he will not provide it? Damage was done and need to know next steps.

Electrician performed an electrical service upgrade to 200 Amps without pulling a permit. Also, when approached about damages that he caused to my hardwood floors since he refused to take shoes off or work with booties, he denied liability and just walked off the job, keeping my initial down... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 23, 2020

Hire an attorney and file a lawsuit

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How can I legally add and deed 1/2 of a paper road to my property? The other 1/2 to my neighbor? It existed since 1956.

Subdivision plan from 1956 shows a named paper road between my property and my neighbor to my right. It runs back into another property behind us. All deeds from 1956 to current, name the road on them as a boundary line with measurements of distance, utility right of way, etc. The property... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 8, 2020

If your unfriendly neighbors have no other access to their property, then they'll almost certainly get to keep using that "paper road" as a means to reach their property. A court will not render a property virtually worthless and unusable by "landlocking" it, and would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Procedure to settle a residential property line dispute when your property line and house set back from property

My lot size and home location on lot was surveyed after house was completed in 1975. and again 2012 By Separate Firms Both survey indicate house faces north south

Front NE corner is 10' Back from east side of house property line.

Rear S/E Corner of house is 10' 3/4"... Read more »

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Jun 7, 2020

The simplest and first thing to do is to erect a fence along the boundary. If that does not work for some reason, you would have to hire a lawyer and file suit to seek a declaration of the boundary. If you do nothing and the neighbor persists over a period of time, you could lose that property... Read more »

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