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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: I live on acre land for 12 years it's in my and brother name now brother trying to sell is he allowed too I verbaly told

It was mind brother trying to take mom got all timer and brother making decisions for her

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answered on May 20, 2024

Your brother can only sell what he owns, so if someone is willing to buy his interest, he can sell it, but he cannot sell your portion. Since he is a part owner, your brother can get a court-ordered sale in which the whole property would be sold. You need to speak with a local attorney for further... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Real Estate Law and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: If I solely own my house and land that my house sits on and have owned it before I got married

Can my husband have me arrested or even trespassed from the house and property that I own SOLELY and have owned since before the marriage? I would assume I can come and go as I please to my OWN house and property?… he just keeps threatening to have me arrested if I step foot on MY property? Is... View More

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answered on May 14, 2024

Is there an order from a Court preventing you from going there? If so then husband can have you held in contempt. If no, then he plans on setting you up for an arrest which gives him leverage. You may wish to sell the home, or file an action for possession against him. You must hire a NC... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue the developer that sold me a building lot with poor soil?

I purchased a building lot in a known subdivision from the developer of the subdivision in the City of WinstonSalem(North Carolina). After the contractor dug for the footing , the footing city inspector asked for a soil test. We hired a soil test engineer and we discovered the soil was not suitable... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 8, 2024

If the contract mentions nothing about soil, a question that might arise is why a test was not performed prior to planning foundation. One option could be to reach out to an attorney to discuss in further detail. Be prepared for questions to support your position that there was an issue of... View More

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Q: H&w own home joint tenets by the entirety. Wife solely has judgment. Can title pass?

Wife bought house individually, but they were married. Several years later they executed a quit claim deed transferring title to joint tenets by the entirety; now, roughly 10 years after the quit claim deed they are selling. This Judgement is new. In order for new buyers to secure title insurance;... View More

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on May 6, 2024

Thank you for asking the question!

Title insurance guarantee the title against the future claims (after the title is obtained). So, existing liens or claims are not guaranteed by title insurance. But, it happens that an existing lien or judgement can create future claims over title. In that...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: H&w own home joint tenets by the entirety. Wife solely has judgment. Can title pass?

Wife bought house individually, but they were married. Several years later they executed a quit claim deed transferring title to joint tenets by the entirety; now, roughly 10 years after the quit claim deed they are selling. This Judgement is new. In order for new buyers to secure title insurance;... View More

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answered on May 6, 2024

If I were the closing attorney, I would disclose the judgment to the title company, but I am very confident that the title company would not have any issues with it. A judgment against only one spouse in a tenancy by entireties ownership does not place a lien against the property in NC. This... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My uncle died 4 years ago. Everything went to his only child. 2 years ago, the child died. The uncle had a will, however

It was never filed and the estate was never settled. Uncle had no debt. The son ( deceased heir) has outstanding income tax debt. The son’s criminal attorney has uncles will and refuses to release it to family. My mother and aunt (uncles sisters) are now closest living relatives and heirs to my... View More

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answered on Apr 30, 2024

Hire a NC attorney to probate Uncle's Estate. With Letters of Administration, you will be able to demand the will document, which then is administered by the Executor. You still might be the Administrator with Will Annexed. However the devise might not go to you, and you might be only... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Real Estate Law and Elder Law for North Carolina on
Q: Iredell County has denied my senior citizen property tax exemption based on my over limit income.

Both my Federal and NC state tax is zero AGI. Can anyone help with ???

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answered on Apr 18, 2024

It's best to consult with a local tax attorney or the Iredell County Tax Assessor's office.

In North Carolina, the elderly or disabled property tax exemption (also known as the Homestead Exemption) is available to qualifying homeowners aged 65 or older, or those who are totally...
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Q: Am I covered

I put mobile home under contract with a rent to own buyer with owner financing agreement. Contract states (as is) what you see or don't see is what you get. Buyer calls me and says the electric is not working in the living room & 1 of bedrooms as they were operating during and after Reno... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems that the buyer may have a case against you, despite the "as is" clause in the contract. Here's why:

1. Implied warranties: Even with an "as is" clause, there are implied warranties that the property is habitable and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Dispute over property sale agreement

My ex-husband and I share ownership of a property in Wake County, North Carolina, which serves as a secondary residence for both of us. Following our divorce, we had a signed agreement stipulating that he would buy out my share within two years for much less than it was worth. However, it's... View More

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

Contact an attorney and ask about a "Petition to Partition"; be sure to show them a copy of the agreement. Hopefully, the agreement will no longer be enforceable, and you can get half of your interest out of the property, especially since real estate values have significantly increased... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Dispute over property sale agreement

My ex-husband and I share ownership of a property in Wake County, North Carolina, which serves as a secondary residence for both of us. Following our divorce, we had a signed agreement stipulating that he would buy out my share within two years for much less than it was worth. However, it's... View More

Sathappan Muthu Krishnan
Sathappan Muthu Krishnan
answered on Mar 30, 2024

Yes if one spouse is in comparative or if there is at treat that the house will be lost through foreclose, you can request a judge to issue an order to stand the sales process another reason to compel a sales is if you need funds to survive on during and after divorce , this could encode paying... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My father recently died. His wife died a year ago. He never removed her name from the deed. Will her kids be entitled to

the proceeds from the sale of the house?

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answered on Feb 27, 2024

When a property is co-owned and one of the owners passes away, the distribution of their interest in the property depends on how the deed is titled and the laws of the state in which the property is located. If the deed was held as "joint tenants with right of survivorship," then upon the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Law and Gov & Administrative Law for North Carolina on
Q: If I wanted to dropship manufactured houses that were expandable and are a resident of Nevada, what certs do i need

I want to start dropshipping cheap manufactured homes from chinese websites but I wonder if I need a liscense, LLC, ect to legally operate the buisness. Any insight?

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answered on Feb 12, 2024

You can likely do this as a private individual. However, I would highly recommend forming an LLC to give you some legal cover. You should also have an attorney draft a contract that makes it very clear you are disclaiming as many warranties as possible regarding the condition of the homes. There... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: What is the easiest way to determine the value of a property that I gave my daughter, to report on a 709 tax form?

I gave my married daughter a rental property that I owned for 45years…will the IRS accept a real estate market analysis as the value on a 709 form? Can the tax value be used?

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

When determining the value of a property you gave to your daughter for reporting on a 709 tax form, it's important to follow IRS guidelines accurately. While a real estate market analysis can be a helpful reference, it might not be sufficient on its own.

The IRS typically requires a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: How can I leave my property to my married daughter and if she dies before her husband, have the property go to My sis?

I would like to keep my property in my family. If my daughter dies and the property goes to her husband he could leave it to his family in Australia.

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

There are several options. You could make a life estate/remainder deed to your daughter for life, then to someone else at her death. Deeds take effect now with no probate involvement. Contact a competent NC attorney to search the title and execute a transfer to suit you.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: If 2 people live in the same house and are both equal owners of the house, can one of them cut off sections of the house

If 2 people live in the same house and are both equal owners of the house, can one of them cut off sections of the house so the other cant access that part of the house?

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

In North Carolina, if two individuals co-own a house as equal owners, typically neither party has the unilateral right to restrict access to specific sections of the property without the consent of the other owner. Co-ownership typically entails both parties sharing equal rights to access and use... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Why would my stepsister send me and my siblings a personal property exemption form ....keep all his personal stuff

My father passed in 2021& his wife last year . My siblings and I Were not even notified of my father's passing until he was buried and gone even his brother wasn't notified.im afraid she is up to something

Ethan A. Trice
Ethan A. Trice
answered on Jan 31, 2024

There are a couple forms she could be trying to get you to sign. It sounds like she's trying to get you to waive your inheritance rights. If your father's wife never adopted you and never made a will, realistically the stepsister gets her property. Why she's trying to get you to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: If u and ur sister inherite a house she living in it I'm not can I move in it or can I make her leave it's her and 3 kid

It's her and her oldest kids that think everything is theirs

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

If you are now a co-owner you do have the right to live in the house. If you cannot cohabit with your sister peacefully then you have the right to petition a court to force the sale of the house and split the proceeds. That threat might be enough to convince her to buy you out because litigation... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is it illegal for my neighbor to use my mailing address to recieve mail from the tax administration?

I was recently sent mail from my county's tax administration in North Carolina which had the names from my neighbor's that lived across the street. I never gave them permission to use my mailing address.

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answered on Jan 23, 2024

Yes, it is generally illegal for someone to use another person's mailing address to receive mail from the tax administration or other entities without their consent. A few key points on this issue:

- Federal law prohibits falsely representing one's identity or address in matters...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can a county tax office go back and backdate taxes 3 years later? There was a senior citizens exemption on the account,

Can a county tax office go back and backdate taxes 3 years later? There was a senior citizens exemption on the account, she passed at the end of 2020. they were informed. They wait until 2023 to go back and remove the exemption causing taxes to double.

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answered on Jan 22, 2024

In North Carolina, county tax offices have the authority to reassess property tax exemptions and make adjustments, even retroactively, if they determine that the conditions for the exemption no longer apply. In the case you described, where a senior citizen's exemption was in place and the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant, Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for North Carolina on
Q: If I buy a house on 6 acres can I add other properties on the land and rent them out?

I'm selling my house in AZ and plan on moving to North Carolina, within an hour drive of Charlotte. If I buy a house on 6 acres can I build other houses on the land and rent them out?

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

The ability to add additional properties on a 6-acre parcel and rent them out depends on the specific zoning regulations and land use restrictions imposed by the local jurisdiction in North Carolina. Zoning laws vary between municipalities, and they dictate how land can be used, including whether... View More

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