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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: Can a tenant be required to vacate residential rental property immediately?

I am providing a tenant notice to pay rent within 7 buisness days.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 13, 2022

No, you have to sue for possession and get a Judgement first.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: If the estate of my wife's grandmother who is deceased is in her care does that mean that the property is legally hers?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 13, 2022

No You may want to check the Probate File at Court. It sounds like the wife is an Administratrix/Executrix.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Elder Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My father died 12 years ago. My sister paid all his debts & all taxes on his property have been paid.

she did not file probate when he died. We want to sell his mobile home. What do we do now?

Frank Truncali
Frank Truncali
answered on Aug 21, 2022

Some additional facts are needed before an attorney can fully answer this question. For example, is the mobile home still titled in your father's name? Does this sale involve the land that the sits on? I recommend contacting a probate attorney in your area to further discuss the next steps... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Alabama on
Q: Who is responsible for my property damage caused from high velocity storm water from the alabama state highway drain pip

The flooding is more than 60ft wide and rapid. Resulting in erosion, pushes out my underpinnings, and all my house exits are flooded for a time.

Aldot has come out and cleared the drainage ditch last August the problem still persists, more frequently. That's all they will do. Im 750... Read more »

William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on Aug 4, 2022

It is possible that you have a claim against the state for what is called inverse condemnation. The state is generally not permitted to take or destroy private property without going through a formal condemnation procedure. However, the law is very technical as to what is considered a regulatory... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: Unmarried couple on mortgage, now splitting. How to handle who gets house, buyout, or sell?

Domestic partnership of 6 years, 4 of those years in a house with mortgage. My name is the primary borrower, her’s is co-borrower. There was no pre-planned paperwork stating what would happen if/when a split occurred.

How does the process work for the one who stays and the one who leaves?... Read more »

William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on Aug 4, 2022

You should contact a real estate attorney who handles partition or sale for division cases. If you are a co-owner of the house you may have a claim for partition. Such claims may be used to divide the equity in real property if the co-owner parties cannot reach an agreement to resolve their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: I purchased a house and have found extensive water damage.

The home inspection defined an area of sheetrock that needed repair. The seller repaired that area, but the entire wall is wet and rotted. It is so bad that it literally rains in the house. Is there anything I can do?

William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on Aug 4, 2022

You should contact an attorney who handles fraud and breach of contract claims. You may have a claim against the prior owners, home inspector, or contractor who repaired the wall. Because such claims are very fact specific, it is unclear whether you have a valid claim. You should contact an... Read more »

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Q: I was served an ejectment for land I was renting from someone that has a mobile home I own sitting on it. What do I do?

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William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on Aug 4, 2022

You should contact a local attorney who can help you evaluate any defenses that you may have. An ejectment is similar to an eviction in that the landowner is trying to regain possession of his or her land. In Alabama, you generally have 30 days to answer a complaint the date of service. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: Is this a reasonable partition attorney's fee. Plaintiffs $6000. Attorney's fees $6850+$1,127. should it be 10% of sell?

State of Alabama. Settlement Offer to defendants: out of pocket: court cost $854; appraisal $750, publication fees $1127. Att fees: $6,850 (*1/2 customary 10% in partition case); Plaintiffs: $6,000. Total $15,581. The attorney did not assist defendants (provided names of heirs and appraisal) Why is... Read more »

William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on Aug 3, 2022

Alabama law typically allows the Plaintiff's attorney's fee and expenses to be paid from the proceeds of the sale. However, a judge may review objections and determine a reasonable fee for the Plaintiff's attorney. Because I do not know the specific facts of your case I cannot give... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability, Real Estate Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My grandmother passed away September 2021. Myself and another relative are both executors over her probate. Her house

was to be sold and split. I verbally agreed to buy the house and started living in the house before probate was closed. On April 8th, the house burned down due to hoverboard board exploding.

My question is can I sue hoverboard if the house wasn't in my name at the time of the fire or... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 1, 2022

The cause of action for Product Liability, Negligence, etc. is arguably personal property of the Estate. But usually the devisees own the real property when the Will is Probated. To prevent an insurance defense lawyer from dismissing the suit for lack of standing, Both Co-Executors and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: My sister, brother and I inherited parents house.Brother moved in without my sister or my consent, refuses to leave/sell

In Alabama. Won’t pay rent, move or sell.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 28, 2022

Hire a competent AL attorney to search the title, determine Heirship, then file an Action for a Partition Sale.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: How do I submit a sale of division forms to the courts, are will I need an attorney to do so on my behalf.
William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on May 4, 2022

Partition or Sale for Division is a cause of action under Alabama Law. To accomplish a partition of real property, a lawsuit will need to be drafted and filed with the appropriate probate or circuit court. Such actions can be very complicated and having an attorney is highly recommended.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: A title company will not sign off on the sell of our property due to a siblings that has been out of reach for 20 yrs.

yes. Have a will, and in article 3 of the will it gives my brother the title of personal representatives for the estate. It also say that he is free from the control and supervision of the courts to make the decision on the estate. Now the title company says we need to file a sale of division... Read more »

William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on May 4, 2022

The title company may be correct. If the property did not move through probate and the title documents were not handled correctly it is possible that multiple people hold fractional ownership interests. If there is a will or other document that has the power to transfer title or create a form of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: Do children of a deceased parent automatically set to inherit their grandparents estate?

A grandmother had 3 grown children at the time of her death. She had no Will. Her estate continued to just exist with some family living in her homes. Two of her children passed. Would the one remaining child inherit all of her estate, or would the children of the deceased parents (the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 12, 2022

Children of deceased parents also inherit along with the living child receiving a third.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: Can an attorney be a plaintiff and an attorney on the same case? In Alabama

The attorney owns property that requires access through my property, as well as other property owners. We have never required permission from any residents to pass through. Only 1 neighbor has am easement. A construction company move in as well, and overburdens my property with heavy equipment, The... Read more »

Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson
answered on Apr 1, 2022

You or anyone else can file a lawsuit pro se. (pro se = represent yourself) Just because he is an attorney does not preclude himself from representing himself. He is also permitted to represent other parties involved in the same lawsuit so long as their interests do not conflict. If a conflict of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: Can apartment complex violate the "Code of Alabama"

Can apartment complex violate the "Code of Alabama" Title 35 9A by charging it's tenants extra fees per month for trash removal ($5) and pest control ($10)? Who enforces the "Code of Alabama"? Who and Where do I file a complaint? Am I entitled to see the contract with the... Read more »

Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson
answered on Apr 1, 2022

For better and more specific answers to your questions you should contact an attorney directly in your area and provide him a copy of your lease agreement. An apartment complex would not be permitted to violate the Alabama Code regarding its responsibilities to tenants.

If the apartment...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: buying a piece of property (.23 acres no dwelling) for cash. Seller has deed in hand. What do I need do to make it easy

No dwelling, do I need a lawyer or can I use a paralegal?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 7, 2022

Hire a competent AL attorney to search the title, then draft the Deed. Once it is consummated, you probably will not be able to fix problems.

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Alabama on
Q: I am divorced and even though my ex-wife got the house, why are issues with the house still affecting me?

This is what is in my divorce says: Real Property: The Plaintiff shall be awarded the real estate located at: 3524 Alexandria Wellington Road, Alexandria, Alabama 36250. The Defendant has relinquished all right, title, and interest in said real estate by execution of a quitclaim deed filed... Read more »

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones
answered on Feb 25, 2022

Hello. Thanks for your question. A well-written divorce decree or settlement will state the home must be refinanced in X days, or sold if it can't be refinanced by the party taking possession of the home. What you have shared, that language isn't in there, but it might be stated somewhere... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My grandmother deeded her home to my uncle and is still living but in a nursing home. The home was sold and the money

and the money split between he and my mother. His name was the only one on both the deed to home and the ALTA statement and she wasn’t given a 1099. The money was split at the title office and deposited directly into the two separate accounts. How would she need to file this on her taxes?... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Feb 22, 2022

You wrote that your grandmother deeded her home to your uncle, but it sounds like she did not deed 100%. If she deeded to him a co-tenancy or joint tenancy interest, that would explain why the proceeds were divided between them. However, because of the inconsistencies in the facts given, and due... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: A land deed has a clause that says I have to offer it for sell to my grandfather's decendents before I can sell it.

He only had once child. She is deceased. My siblings don't want to purchase the land. Will there be an issue with the title once I sell it, because of this clause? What should I do?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 18, 2022

You will need a competent AL attorney to clear that Right of First Refusal. Apparently there may be interested Heirs. Then possibly an Affidavit of Heirship, and a QCD from them should clear the Title.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: I am having problems with a county agency over a drainage ditch behind my house.

I'm having problems with a drainage ditch behind my house. Stormwater is cascading from the ditch onto my property cause severe soil erosion to the point my shed near the ditch is about to collapse into the ditch. The public works department says it is the water works problem and water works... Read more »

William Vann Burkett
William Vann Burkett
answered on Jan 7, 2022

You likely need an attorney who handles eminent domain or inverse condemnation cases. The Alabama Supreme Court has found that in some cases excessive runoff and erosion may result in an unconstitutional taking. The viability of inverse condemnation claims are highly dependent on the timing and... Read more »

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