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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Will my soon to be ex-husband be responsible for my house loan if not on the note or deed but mortgage?

We are in process of divorce, I close on a house before it is finalized. He is required to sign mortgage but not note or deed. Will he have any rights to my home?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 11, 2024

It depends on the language of the contractual documents but it is not uncommon for a mortgage company to require a spouse to sign off on giving up his rights in favor of the mortgagor even when title and the loan are solely in the other spouse's name. In that particular situation, the spouse... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Will my soon to be ex-husband be responsible for my house loan if not on the note or deed but mortgage?

We are in process of divorce, I close on a house before it is finalized. He is required to sign mortgage but not note or deed. Will he have any rights to my home?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jul 11, 2024

Mr. Frick is substantially correct, although in Florida what he calls "widow's rights" is referred to as "homestead". The mortgagee can foreclose (as is normally provided in the mortgage), but the person who asked this question would have to be named as a defendant in the foreclosure action.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Virginia on
Q: Can I sell my wife’s home? She passed without a will and the house was solely in her name. Me and her 2 daughters heirs
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 11, 2024

You and her two daughters should be able to sell the home when probate is complete. The administrator of your wife's estate may also be able to sell it with a court order and distribute the proceeds to you and the two daughters.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: I recently applied for home equity loan and found 2 judgements on the title from my wife now ex wife.

They renewed the 1 judgement and is there anyway I can get this dismissed as we are not married for the last 6 years ..I also had a bankruptcy 8 years ago and kept the house and has always been in my name..

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answered on Jul 10, 2024

If your wife never owned your property then her judgment lien never attached to your title. Hire an attorney to carefully search the title. If lien is only against her, and never attached to property, than borrow money elsewhere if necessary if present lender mistakenly believes your title is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: With a ladybird deed and 4 children’s name on deed, how is estate settled?

One child and spouse moved in home and continued making loan payments. It is now 12 years later and he feels the house is his alone. Do the other 3 siblings have any claim on home and land?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 10, 2024

If there is a recorded lady bird deed, then all four of you now have ownership interest. The way to "settle" this is to file a copy of the death certificate, along with a new deed listing you all as owners. While that would settle the legal question of ownership, it doesn't sound... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Q: In CA, can multiple family members contribute to purchase a home?

Mortgage responsibility: Married couple (1 income), a Mom (retired) & an Aunt (retired). 4 people, 3 incomes

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on Jul 9, 2024

Thank you for your question!

The amount of rent can be increased under some restrictions after the fixed terms of tenancy ends.

If you have paid the rent to the address mentioned in the lease, and you were not given any notice about the change of address, then you can use that as a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can HOA change resolutions without notifying neighborhood members?
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 8, 2024

My best guess: Resolutions? Probably. Restrictions/covenants? No. The answer is in your HOA's governing documents---please review them or consult with a lawyer for the purpose of have them reviewed to obtain an answer to your question(s). I know you are saying resolutions but resolutions... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: I need a lawyer for custody/divorce. Legal aid has refused to help. Can't afford private. Can the court appoint?

I am self-representing because I can't get a lawyer and it is not a criminal matter so not entitled to one. Can I submit a motion requesting the court to appoint me a lawyer since he is pushing this to trial? What steps do I need to take to create/submit a motion? Dakota County MN for court... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Jul 4, 2024

In most civil cases, you do not have the right to a court-appointed attorney. This includes dissolution (divorce), custody/parenting time, and child support cases. In these cases you have the option to hire a private attorney. Some organizations use a sliding scale to charge for legal services... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: when i file a notice of abandonment how long does it give the person to get property off my land

a dispute regarding an elderly adjoining property owner who is taking too long to remove his property from my land saying the cause is a heart defibrillator/pacemaker incidences and hot weather

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on Jul 4, 2024

Thank you for your question!

15 days if the notice was served personally or 18 days if served by mail.

This is merely a discussion of general laws and not legal advice. For legal advice, more specific facts and investigations are needed. I recommend you consult with an attorney for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can a tenant in a apartment complex place 2 Ring camera's on their front door & screen door facing the mailboxes

and common areas. In front of their door has a hallway and is recording them without their consent Tenants in the apartment complex feel violated about this aggressive action of this tenant. They are running a business out of their apartment and the Property management is turning a blind eye. The... View More

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on Jul 4, 2024

Thank you for your question!

CA Penal Code 632 section(c) has excluded communications that a person reasonably does not expect confidentiality. This statute does not seem to apply to your case because no one expects full privacy in the common area of the apartment complex.

If...
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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Contractor threatening to put a lien on property however, I have paid extra costs to complete the job

The contract between me and the contractor does not state anywhere for roofing to be put on me for HVAC installation; however, it was. I agreed to pay the roofing for the job the day of installation as they brought it up, but fast forward, the price for roofing doubled. I believe because of the... View More

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on Jul 4, 2024

Thank you for your question!

Did you have a written contract with the company before starting the work? If yes, then you may limit the price only to the reasonable value of their performed job for the roof.

In general under unjust enrichment legal theory, at least you should pay...
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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: town revoked my fence permit cuase my neighbor thought i was on their property
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answered on Jul 3, 2024

You have a boundary dispute. You will need a NJ lawyer to search both titles, and a surveyor on the boundary to serve as your witness, Filing suit is expensive and difficult, but if you wait too long you lose your asserted boundary through acquiescence.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Foreclosure for Michigan on
Q: My family's house was foreclosed ~10 years ago. A friend paid under mkt value, promising I could buy it back for same $

Is this legal? Could you point me to any relevant statutes too? Is the promise enforceable (nothing written so I guess no)?

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answered on Jul 3, 2024

Owner will probably refuse to convey to you as the oral promise violates the Statute of Frauds. Hopefully you have some sort of memorandum signed by owner. Consult with a MI attorney to draft a deed and attempt to tender the money for the deed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: Can someone demand past house pymts over a year later, without sending notice of late pymt EVER?

We are purchasing an owner financed home for $27,000 6% interest,15 year. We bought it 2012, the man we are purchasing from, is now in assisted living, & son has taken over businesses, we found out we haven't had insurance for over a year (that we paid for) so son starts looking into... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 3, 2024

Yes. The statute of limitations for breach of contract is four years. As a condition precedent to collecting attorney fees in a suit for breach of contract, he is required to make a written demand for payment at least thirty days before bringing suit. If you pay the demand within thirty days,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Banking for Texas on
Q: I am one day away from closing on a home, but underwriter denied the loan .how can i get my earnest money deposit back ?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 2, 2024

If your earnest money contract included the standard Third Party Financing Addendum and the box at the top of section 2 A is checked, obtaining Buyer Approval by the financing entity was a condition precedent and you are entitled to give notice within the days specified in that section terminating... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Estate Planning for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is donation a viable option if the land and property on the land does not have a deed? what would be the impact of an

excuted donation when the land and property are not registered? Was the donation process illegal and can the lawyer be held accountable for malpractice if it impacted tax liabilities to all other heirs of an unregistered, unsegregated land belonging to multiple parties?

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answered on Jul 2, 2024

This is a complex question involving several aspects of Puerto Rican property law, tax law, and legal ethics. I'll break down the key issues and provide some general insights, but please note that this is a situation where consulting a qualified local attorney would be crucial for specific... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Environmental for California on
Q: Our water is brown and smokes when it’s cold. Its through our HOA. Is there any action I can take?

Our house is in a HOA. When we bought the house we were told we were not allowed to drill our own well because our HOA has a water company with it’s wells for the community. Our water is brown. It smokes on cold. My hair falls out, I got gallstones and an infection and a stomach infection had to... View More

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answered on Jul 1, 2024

This is a serious situation that potentially affects your health and safety. Here are some steps you can consider taking:

1. Document everything: Take photos and videos of the brown water and any smoking. Keep records of all health issues you believe are related to the water quality....
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: My dad passed away and left my sister power of attorney over the house he owned. It's still in his named but she owes

Back taxes and the city is about to sell the house and she loses it. There is a will my dad left for the house but she never filed it. If the house was sold it would be split among us children. These taxes are from her failing to pay them the past two years since my dad died. How do I gain control... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 1, 2024

A power of attorney expires when the maker dies. When your dad died, any power of attorney he signed naming your sister ended.

Since your father left a will and you are an heir under that will, you have the right to file an application for probate of the will. If someone else (e.g. your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Elder Law and Real Estate Law for Hawaii on
Q: I was unfairly targeted by our HOA on miniscule house infraction, while others are not.

Believe this was because I always question their accusation and this is a form of retaliation. I have been served notice of foreclosure due to non payment of fines and lawyers fee. How can I protect my right as homeowner and a senior citizen of 77 years old, living alone on SSI. I have lived in... View More

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answered on Jun 29, 2024

This is a difficult and stressful situation you're facing. As a senior citizen on a fixed income, dealing with potential foreclosure is especially concerning. Here are some steps you may want to consider:

1. Review your HOA's governing documents and bylaws to ensure they followed...
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2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Probate for Alabama on
Q: What can I do if my property was foreclosed, I’m in the redemption period but the new owner is refusing to take payment
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answered on Jun 29, 2024

If you're in the redemption period after a foreclosure and the new owner is refusing to accept your payment, you have several options:

1. Document everything: Keep detailed records of your attempts to make payments, including dates, times, and methods of contact.

2. Consult an...
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