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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Immigration Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Missouri on
Q: father died in the middle of a divorce to a woman in South Africa who abandoned her citizenship. Her name was on deed &

She wants to sell the home because she is broke. I live in the home my father owned with her. Do I have any rights to keeping the home? She in her divorce papers and in emails states she had no interest in the property and my father was keeping the property. Is there any law that protects me as his... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on May 5, 2021

My condolences for your father's passing. Unfortunately, this is more of an Estate/Probate and/or family law attorney question than immigration. Best wishes!

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Q: In Missouri is there a standard time after a real estate contract is expired that you can sell your property yourself

And not pay the realtor commission?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Apr 25, 2021

If your agent used the Missouri Department of Real Estate form there is a space filled out that sets out that time period. If you’re unclear, have the contract reviewed by an attorney.

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Q: Can anything be done about a nuisance property in Missouri?
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Apr 21, 2021

Nuisance properties are often regulated by local (city or county) ordinance. You can usually find those online, along with the agencies who receive those complaints.

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Q: Should I sign a quit claim deed while I am still responsible for the mortgage?

My ex husband retained the home. He is claiming the bank won't refinance him to remove me from the mortgage without me signing a quit claim deed first.

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Apr 21, 2021

In order to refinance, your ex's bank will require you to release your interest in the property, but only at the closing of the refinancing. That will take place at the office of a title company when your ex signs the documents refinancing the home. You should not sign a quitclaim deed without... Read more »

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Q: In the state of MO can an HOA request dues via email or do they have to send a request for payment via USPS.

Our HOA has provided annual statements and bills for HOA dues in paper form for years since we moved in. Suddenly last year they decided to just email us a request for payment without the annual statement of account that was provided in the past. We did not opt out of paper billing nor were we... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Apr 14, 2021

Depends---what, if anything, do your subdivision's recorded covenants and restrictions say in regards to method of notice. If they are silent, then do your bylaws provide any guidance? These documents may or may not discuss method of transmission. Please note that newer subdivisions are... Read more »

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Q: When more than one amendment is made to a contract it doesn't cancel the previous amendment right?

The first amendment was the sellers agreeing to a closing credit. The second one is asking them for a price reduction

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Feb 1, 2021

The answer would depend upon the amendment’s language. If you are uncertain, have an attorney read the documents.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: I have a 30 yr contract for deed, is there a statute of limitations to dispute being charged for insurance

I am being forced to pay insurance on the property or face foreclosure. Even tho the contract does not state that I am to pay said insurance. Is there a statute of limitations to file suit for recovery of insurance premiums.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jan 4, 2021

Have an attorney review the contract. Contracts for deed, in my experience, generally turn out poorly for the tenant. Missouri has different statutes of limitations for different causes of action. Breach of contract is generally 5 years but breach of a written contract to pay money is 10 years.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Is it legal to deny you Court proceeding hearings and be forced to be pro sa

Did not get to attend on 6/1/2020 a court hearing held without me and sale of a property or personal to one of the owners which the case was dismissed and I was charged everything that my girlfriend was he no longer has to pay and now put it all on me the courts gave granted $15,000 and property... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Dec 25, 2020

It is obvious that you disagree with the court’s ruling but your post is unintelligible. Try rewriting it using separate sentences with periods. If you do that, then you might receive some better answers.

It is unclear why a hearing was held without you and why you didn’t or could...
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Q: The seller didn’t respond to resolution of unacceptable condition amendment till the 7th day and just sent a cancelatio

This seams illegal and in fair to just wait the 7 days and not respond and just send cancel request . Do I have any recourse to make this contract still stand?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Nov 25, 2020

The answer to your question is in the contract language. If you used the forms prepared by the Missouri Association of Realtors, the time to send the Inspection Notice and receive a response (including cancellation) is contained in paragraph 7D. If you are unsure, have a lawyer look over the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: Can a buyer walk away from buying our house when contracts have been signed?

We had no contingencies and it was an all cash offer, but the buyer has not provided proof of finances. Buyer also gave us two weeks to move out, so movers have been hired, a new house has been purchased (contingent on current house selling), and suddenly buyer has gone quiet and is unable to be... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Nov 24, 2020

Go see an attorney to discuss filing suit for specific performance or breach of contract. Based on the facts that you described it sounds like you could assert strong claims. A good attorney will help you assess practical considerations, however.

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Q: Which form do I need to fill out in order to add my spouse onto the deed of my house?

If I was single when I purchased the home, do I list single for the seller and then put married for the grantee section so it matches the original deed?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Nov 5, 2020

If you are making no other change than adding your wife, use a Quitclaim Deed. Grantor is you, no marital status necessary. Grantee is you and wife, husband and wife.

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Q: I recently purchased a 3 bedroom home in St. Louis County. I was informed after closing that it is a 2 bedroom.

It has a lower level finished basement with bedroom, now needing an egress window. My resale value down. Home was remodeled in 2012 and listed/sold 3 times as a 3 bedroom, until it was brought to my attention Any recourse for this misleading listing? Thank you

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Oct 29, 2020

Potential recourse would be a case under Missouri's consumer protection statute, the Merchandising Practices Act (MPA). The MPA allows the court to award attorneys' fees to the prevailing party. Therefore, some attorneys will file MPA cases on a contingency basis rather than charging you... Read more »

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Q: Am I within my rights to install speed bumps on a shared driveway easement that runs through my property?

Delivery drivers and some visitors of neighbors are driving too fast and it goes through my yard.

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Oct 14, 2020

Depending on the language of the easement itself, you are probably able to make improvements to the easement. Whether that includes installing speed bumps will depend on the language of the document and whether the other easement holders agree. You should have an attorney review the language of the... Read more »

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Q: My husband and I are wanting to walk away from a home we were wanting to purchase after the 2nd inspection failed.

They failed for electrical and plumbing. We were supposed to close a day later. The seller claims everything is now fixed before closing but they made this same claim before we paid another 100.00 for the 2nd inspection. What can they get from us as they say they will sue us? We put no money... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Oct 12, 2020

They could sue you for specific performances to make you purchase the home or they could put the home back on the market, eventually sell to someone else, and sue you for the difference in your price vs what they end up receiving, plus holding costs, plus interest and probably attorneys fees. You... Read more »

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Q: Can you do you a quit claim deed on a VA loan

My daughter is getting a divorce her soon to be ex-husband is in the military she is wanting to keep the home however she cannot afford to refinance right now her husband is just wanting off of the loan

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Oct 8, 2020

A quitclaim deed only transfers your rights to a property. It will not transfer your obligations, including obligations under a mortgage.

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Q: I m a married woman. I bought a house in my name only with my inheritance. the money was deposited in an account in my n

The money from the inheritance was deposited in an account in my name only. Do I have to give my husband half the money from the sale of the house?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Oct 2, 2020

You should carefully review and track your inheritance with the help of a family law attorney. They should be able to confirm whether it will constitute your separate property.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: My husband and I have lived with a friend for the last 14-15 months. There's a small apartment area attached to th

We've lived with this friend for 14-15 months. The little apartment attached to the garage only has a toilet and sink. We cook with askillet or hot plate. We also go to our friend's house to take a shower because there is none in this apartment area. Back in July, me, my husband and our... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Oct 2, 2020

You should have a lawyer review the document reflecting the agreement with Merl to see if it would qualify as a will. If so, you can probate it in court to enforce his wishes.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: What can happen if a seller doesn't move out after closing?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Sep 30, 2020

File suit for breach of contract and unlawful detainer.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: I have signed a lease with a move-in date of 09/15/2020, however they did not conduct an inspection until 09/16/2020.

The landlord did not make sure that the property was deemed habitable before my move in date. They are now wanting me sign a revised move in date change lease and I refuse and want my money back.

Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus answered on Sep 20, 2020

It ua necessary to review the whole contract to know whether it can be rescinded. However, it is worth mentioning that the Covenant of Habitability is part of a lease agreement. You contact a housing attorney. Good luck!

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