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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: If two people own a home and one wants to sell and the other one doesn’t, what is the law?
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jul 23, 2021

In Arizona the owner who wants to sell can force a sale by filing a Partition Action against the other owner. In a Partition Action the court will appoint a special commissioner to sell the home. The court will also decide how the net sales proceeds are to be divided if this becomes an issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: If two people own a house and one wants to sell and the other does not, what is the law?

I can’t afford to move or buy this individual out

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 23, 2021

If there is sufficient equity, hire a competent AZ attorney to prosecute an Action for a Sale For Partition.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Who owns the property ?

My stepmom and father passed away within two weeks of each other. My dad survived her by 10 days. The deed to their house is set up for right to survivorship. For probate purposes is my dad the sole owner of the house (since she passed away before him) or is it community property (split equally in... Read more »

Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos answered on Jul 10, 2021

The answer to this question is in a reading of the deed. That document controls what happens.

For most Arizona deeds for married couples, the title is held in community property with an additional paragraph or page that says upon death the share goes to the surviving spouse. Older deeds...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: I have a question regarding my parents home. On this home they were three owners which were my two uncles to my dad.

In this home they left it because they had personal issues they had to take care of. Leaving us alone for several years to pay mortgage insurance in any other necessary payments. We did receive a letter saying they want to force Sale We did not agree because This is the only home we have and we are... Read more »

Douglas Price
Douglas Price answered on Jun 29, 2021

Due to many grammer and spelling errors this question is impossible to answer at this time. You need professional help and should get it. I recommend that you pay a lawyer to meet either in person (best) or via video chat (not as good as in person). Then discuss your situation to understand what... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: Can a mortgage be refinanced against divorce decree agreement with both parties in agreement to do so?

Decree says I get the house once I'm financially able to refinance. Ex decided he wanted the house and I agreed he can have it. He tried refinancing but was having issues because of the decree. Is there a way to change the decree?

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on May 29, 2021

Your Decree can be modified by stipulation provided both former spouses agree. I recommend that one of you hire a family law lawyer to assist with this modification.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Probate for Arizona on
Q: As a Executor how long legally can you hold claim to this title?

My sister and brother are executors of my mothers affairs. 9 years later my parents mtg servicing co sends statements to the estate of my parents both named both deceased. The deed is recorded with my name and the 2 executors. While 1 other brother and I are paying pymts taxes insurance and all... Read more »

Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos answered on May 16, 2021

If nothing was filed with the courts, then they are only named as Executors, they have no power as they are not court appointed. I presume you are living in the property, but you need to speak with an attorney sooner rather than later. They are taking advantage of you, not following proper... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Arizona on
Q: I am looking to file a partition motion. Can a partition motion be contested or delayed?

No contract between parties. We are siblings. 20,000 mtg bal. My sister vowing to fight it and hold it up for years until the value is ate up with legal and court costs. She does not pay anything towards mtg or property upkeep or repairs or taxes or insurance. For 9 years. I am almost 60 and want... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on May 12, 2021

A partition action is a lawsuit and is commenced by filing a complaint, not a motion. A lawsuit can be contested and can be delayed. Reaching a negotiated settlement that is fair is a better option. I understand that you have tried this but, once a lawsuit is filed, you will have additional... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: My ex husband refuses to take my name from his mortgage. What can I do about it?
Zachary Thornley
Zachary Thornley answered on Apr 30, 2021

He can be forced to do so through a partition action. Contact me and I will be happy to discuss further with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: I have a question about my grandparents estate that is currently being held by the Department of treasury.

I have a copy of the will where he states who each property would go to. We also know he had life insurance and his business that was not distributed properly or at all for that matter. The homes he left to family in the will were in Forclosure due to the person not distributing everything the way... Read more »

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Mar 9, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss.

I apologize. I don't know if I understand you completely. If the estate is being held by Treasury, is it because there are back taxes which need to be paid?

To answer your other question. A copy of the Will won't be enough. The will must be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: I'm owner financing a home that i own outright in my trust. Can I request a balloon payment after 10 of the 30 year term

Arizona

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Mar 9, 2021

Yes, it is not uncommon to amortize a loan over 20 or 30 years but provide for a balloon payment after 3-10 years. This allows a buyer to purchase and, if needed, provides time to build equity and improve his or her credit so it may be possible to refinance conventionally when the balloon payment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for Arizona on
Q: When encountering a no trespassing sign does the act of trespass begin after passing the sign or before

if you are homeless and sitting on a curb in front of a fenced property where a sign is posted are you in violation of trespassing by just being near a sign or do you have to cross onto that property/pass the posted sign. Extendedly, if you are homeless and you are sitting on a curb/sidewalk... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Feb 23, 2021

Theoretically the trespass would occur when a person or objects breaks the plane over the imaginary property line. If the sign is directly over this line, then a person or object would have to extend onto the property past the sign before the actual trespass could be said to have occurred. If there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Arizona on
Q: I need help finding a lawyer to help me file a insurance claim for a apartment fire.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 5, 2021

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry that happened to you. You could use the resources of this site (the Find-a-Lawyer tab above), you could run independent searches on your own, or you could look into whether the State Bar of Arizona has... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Arizona on
Q: What do i need to do to protect myself from anyone taking the house. From me?

Iive been purchasing a home from the owner the last 7 years and the owner just died worried the owner sister pulled a bunch of trickery trying to get me out of house when owner was real sick in the hospital awhile back so i fear she will strike again

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 1, 2021

Hopefully you had a written contract with the decedent and you kept good records. If so, it should be a simple matter of presenting your claim to the probate court.

If you did not have a written agreement then your likelihood of success is greatly diminished but given what is at stake, it...
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4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: My mom died and her husband died 10 months later. The home they had was in both names.

I found out that the husbands son has been paying the mortgage and taxes on the property. Am I entitled to anything?

Douglas Price
Douglas Price answered on Dec 16, 2020

The answer to your question depends on a number of factors including how the title to the home was written and whether your parents had wills or a trust and what those documents stated. We would be glad to assist if you can provide our office with more information. As a child of your parents you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: Can a co-owner of a house in Arizona make the other co-owner sell the house?
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Dec 15, 2020

Yes, a co-owner can force a sale in Arizona by filing a partition action. The court will order that the property be sold and can decide how the net sales proceeds will be divided between the co-owners if needed.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: Precedent winning Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ cases against adverse possession claims

Recently it was found the fence between 2 properties was placed by the developer many years ago in the wrong way, intruding several feet on one side along the fence. The owner of the missing land has always paid the property tax, according to the deed

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 16, 2020

What is your question? It appears adjoining landowners over the years acquiesced to the tangible and visible boundary line. This is generally the law in the United States. The Deed legal descriptions do not control over historical acquiescence to a physical boundary.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Native American Law for Arizona on
Q: Co-trustee and current beneficiary wants to resign and make me Trustee of Land trust - I'm successor and 2nd beneficiary

The Trustor was my Uncle, and he died in 2017. He and his ex-wife are co-trustees for the land trust, I believe his name is still on it because she couldn't get a death certificate (they divorced in 1987). The ex-wife wants to resign as co-trustee and walk away, leaving me the trust and... Read more »

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Oct 26, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. This sounds like quite a difficult process.

I don't want to give you any advice, based upon what you wrote. Here is what I think you need to do:

1. Determine the value of the real estate, and whether or not the real estate is in the trust to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: Can I refinance the mortgage of my deceased Father?

I inherited a manufactured home from my father. The deed was transferred to me but not the mortgage. It has an unfavorable rate, 6.875%. The 30 year loan originated in 2006. I was told by the bank that because it was manufactured home I could not refinance. Loan balance to value is about 50%

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 12, 2020

That is not a law preventing your refinancing That is the Bank's policy. Make sure the Courthouse has a record of your title (Affidavit of Heirship, etc.) Then start looking for a new lender.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: Had a house fire what c an I do

like loosening our stuff stealing my car pain and suffering

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 11, 2020

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal and stressful situation. Unfortunately, when it comes to property loss cases, pain and suffering does not generally enter the equation. That is a measure of damages that arises in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it legal to create a retroactive contract for a rent-to-purchase agreement in Arizona?

I have had great tenants for 3 years renting my home. I am selling my house, and I would be interested in offering it to them (they have expressed interest previously). As agent fees usually run about 6%, I was wondering if I could write a retroactive contract wherein a portion (equal to that 6%)... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Oct 8, 2020

I do not recommend using any kind of retroactive contract. A normal residential real estate purchase contract should be used to document this transaction. But your intention is fine. There is no problem in reducing the purchase price of the home in any amount that you and your tenants agree... Read more »

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