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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am a performer, and I am able to set up a space in my home and sell tickets for shows that I write and perform?

I have a room in my house that I would like to turn into a parlor for small performances of 10 to 20 people to do an hour long mentalism show. We would like to do the show, offer canned sodas, sealed snacks, and popcorn to the guests. It would be in the form of a small house party and would take... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 4, 2019

You need to check your local zoning code.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: my husband parents are deceased since 2006 how can we get the deed changed in my husband name no mortgage on home?

any resources to find an affordable estate lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 1, 2019

You will need to hire an attorney. I’m in the Pittsburgh area and am happy to help you. Beth Tarasi emt@tarasilaw.com 412-391-7135

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2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have to give defendants in a civil action a 20 day notice of a subpoena to produce documents?

I am the plaintiff in a ejectment action. I served , by certified mail, a subpoena to my tenants ( Defendants ) to produce documents. Their Attorney filed a motion to quash subpoena because I didn’t give them 20 day notice.

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Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Nov 28, 2019

A subpoena would ordinarily be used to require a non-party to appear for a deposition or produce documents. It is not used to request another party to appear or produce documents. Your lawyer can serve the defendants with a Request for Production or a Notice of Deposition, as the case may be.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law, Small Claims and Divorce for Pennsylvania on
Q: I purchased a house and my wife had just her name put on the deed. She refuses to add my name. What do I do

My wife and I purchased a house in mckean county which I paid for. Ahe doesnt work. She contacted the attorney and told them to put only her name on it. They didn't contact me to see if it was ok. However my wife is refusing to put my name on it and now I have a feeling she is going to sell it out... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Nov 21, 2019

I suggest filing a "lis pendens" against the property in McKean Co. in the Prothonotary's Office there. Anyone looking to purchase that property in the future should see that there is a cloud on the title with that filing.

Best of luck to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I live in a school zone, directly across from a primary school. It is becoming a problem with people parking in my

Driveway. It’s fine if they are there 3-5 minutes, but I have a consistent woman who parks, leaves her car running and blocks the entire driveway for upwards of 10+ minutes. Even when there are spaces to park away from the driveway and no one is blocking her in; she chooses to block my driveway.... Read more »

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Nov 20, 2019

Call the police and have them ticket her.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: When buying a trailer can the new owner be responsible for paying back lot rent from the previous owner
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Nov 14, 2019

depending on the lot lease - yes

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'm looking for a lawyer to drawn up documentation to add a name to a deed. Father and Daughter in Altoona, PA

Father and Daughter in Altoona, PA

Christopher Sperring
Christopher Sperring answered on Nov 4, 2019

This sounds simple but isn't always. If there is a mortgage currently on the property, then you have two options: 1) notify the bank/lender that you are seeking to add someone to the deed and go through the bank/lender's process for that (if allowed) or 2) refinance. I typically recommend... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is there a grandfather clause in pa on a parking lot that's been used by the community for 50+yrs to continue to use it?

The lot is the only parking area for most consumers/business owners in this area, and has been used by anyone for 50+yrs. The new owner wants to block it off. People also use this as a through way. Is there a grandfather clause for This? How do I find it? How do I prove the grandfather law?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Nov 2, 2019

Any restriction or reserved use would be cited in the deed

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: A home was purchased in Sally's name. Sally died last year. Sally's husband did not transfer the deed to his name

He died recently. How should the sale of the property be handled? (I am the executor of the spouse that died recently)

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Oct 29, 2019

The house should be sold through Sally’s estate.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I owned my house before I married my husband. We mortgaged the home both names are on the loan..

We are still married but separated. I want to sell the home to my granddaughter but he said because his name is on the loan he will not move out until it is removed. Does he have the right to do this since the title is in my name.

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Oct 9, 2019

Your husband does not have the right to remain in the home if you are the sole owner. However, if both of you are paying towards the loan, a most important question, which you did not address in your fact summary, if you force him out of the house, he will stop his payments on the loan. Unless... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have land with multiple rentals on it. The gas company wants to drill on my property or the one next to mine.

My question is if they buy out my property to set up a drill pad, should I try to negotiate for not only the replacement cost of the buildings, but the lost income of the property? The lots are only 100' wide, so any drilling will affect multiple plots. There are 5 rentals beside my home plus... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 28, 2019

Yes you need to negotiate to get everything you will lose. I negotiate these purchases all the time.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: As a seller in Lackawanna County, am I entitled to a copy to an inspection report paid for by a potential buyer

Dealing with a dual agency where both the buyer & seller agents are in the same office. Have not heard results in over 2 weeks.

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 24, 2019

Look to the real estate sale agreement, and specifically the section about inspections. The standard PA form has some language in there about this.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a tennant has a 3rd party paid there deposit and then tennant dies, can the deposit be returned to the 3 party
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 19, 2019

Was the 3rd party a tennant? The money should go to the estate of the 3rd party.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can PPL be forced to move power lines that cut across middle of my front yard?
Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Sep 19, 2019

You need to engage a lawyer to review your deed and any documentation that forms the basis for the PPL easement.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have a question regarding easement use across my property by my neighbors.

My property has a narrow alleyway beside my house, which leads from the back of my neighbor's house to the street I live on. Their home and front door are on a street parallel to mine. Their deed states they have use of the alley; my deed does not. I didn't see their deed prior to purchasing my... Read more »

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko answered on Sep 16, 2019

The only way that your neighbor could have gotten an easement would be by way of a deed of easement from a prior owner of your property. That likely would not be shown specifically in the deed that you got. However, if you purchased title insurance when you bought your property, it would be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If my name is on the deed and not on the mortgage and I financially responsible for the property

Property is deeded tenants in common with rights of survivorship

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Sep 16, 2019

You’re not personally liable but if the mortgage isn’t paid you will lose the house nonetheless.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Two pieces of real estate, PA1 & MI2, in irrevocable trust at PA bank. PA1 distributed to the beneficiary Free of Trust

by court decree in 2000. Beneficiary now listed as owner on county website. Bank, sole trustee, wants to sell MI2. Beneficiary not in favor. Orphans’ Court proceedings where Petition to Authorize Sale of MI2:

a) Describes the decree of 2000 as, "Pursuant to Decree of this Court dated …... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 13, 2019

Regarding the property you can PA1, it would be very rare, unusual and unexpected for a court to order it back into trust after it has already been distributed. I would say the risk of that is extremely low.

Regarding MI2, this probably is all taking place within the same original case...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Are condo owners allowed to attend HOA Executive Board meetings? Some Exec.Board members are refusing them admittance.

I was elected to the HOA Exec Board of a condo apartment building a year ago. In that time, other residents/owners in the building have requested to attend Board meetings, but other members of the Exec Board are refusing them admittance. Since they pay HOA fees and assessments when billed, it... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 8, 2019

You need to review the bylaws of the HOA. They should say something about the meetings and who can attend.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hi how can I find out if my home has a lien on it

I'm trying to refinance my home bcuz of late taxes

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 27, 2019

go to you local court house and do a search, call your school district, local municipality and County and ask them if taxes are owed on your property.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I purchased my boyfriends grandmothers home from her estate using money from my retirement savings plan.

We put the house in his name for tax reasons. The plan was to add my name to the deed. We broke up and now he has the house. Is there anything I can do?

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 24, 2019

You are going to need to sue him.

Put together all the documents that show you paid for the home.

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