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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: I have been leaving on a piece of land at a mobile home that me and my husband paid for when I went to go pay taxes

The taxes showed as exempt and found out that the deceased sister of the individual about the house. From had it put in her name and now her daughters are trying to make me pay $500 for lot rent. Can you help me?

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answered on May 9, 2024

I understand that you're in a difficult situation regarding the land and mobile home. It seems there are a few legal issues at play here that would be best addressed by consulting with a qualified attorney who specializes in real estate law. They can review the specific details of your case... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: I have been leaving on a piece of land at a mobile home that me and my husband paid for when I went to go pay taxes

The taxes showed as exempt and found out that the deceased sister of the individual about the house. From had it put in her name and now her daughters are trying to make me pay $500 for lot rent. Can you help me?

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answered on May 9, 2024

Apparently you never got a deed, so the property is not yours as you only had a lease with option to purchase. You might have a claim for breach of contract if you paid in full the contract. If not, then you might sue the heirs to complete the contract. But it is doubtful. Hire a SC... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: What legal action can we take?

My daddy put his place of business that had a house on the land in my sister name so her son could go to a different school. The verbal agreement was that she would sign it back to him when her son graduated. Me and my brother lived in the house. My brother passed away in December and the same day... View More

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answered on Apr 11, 2024

Based on the information you provided, there are several potential legal actions you and your father may be able to take. However, it's essential to consult with a local attorney who specializes in property law and estate matters to determine the best course of action for your specific... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Civil Litigation for South Carolina on
Q: A tax levy against a mobile home on my property has transferred ownership. The new owner has been renting home during

I want to know how to pursue and regain ownership of the mobile home

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

If you're looking to regain ownership of a mobile home on your property that has been transferred due to a tax levy, it's crucial to understand your legal options. First, you should consult with an attorney familiar with property and tax law in your area. They can provide detailed... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: I had a timeshare. I recently hired a layer and got out of it. Now my credit is ruined. Anything I can do?

I didn’t find out about my ruined credit until the lawyer had closed my case and I went for a home equity loan. The late payments only show when they are doing a credit check for real estate. I bought a new car with no problem. Now I can’t fix my house and sell it to move closer to family. I... View More

Matthew McKenna
Matthew McKenna
answered on Mar 15, 2024

There's a possibility that this timeshare company was only reporting to 1 or 2 of the credit bureaus and the auto loan company only pulled credit reports from 1 or 2 of the credit bureaus (or have different guidelines for approving a loan such as using the "middle score") but when... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can a non-profit HOA in South Carolina have a fundraiser that involves people outside the HOA community?
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answered on Nov 9, 2023

Yes, a non-profit homeowners association (HOA) in South Carolina can typically hold a fundraiser that includes individuals outside of the HOA community.

It is important to ensure that the fundraiser complies with the HOA's governing documents, state laws, and any local ordinances....
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: At what point can I get my key for a purchased property
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answered on Oct 24, 2023

The point at which you can receive the key for a property you've purchased can vary depending on the terms of the real estate transaction, the specific agreement you have with the seller, and any applicable local laws. Generally, key handover typically occurs at the closing of the real estate... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Hi,my husband had taken out td fit loan almost 2 yrs. ago unfortunately he passed in Dec.72022. His name only am I respo

Went to probate then to bank said I may have to pay off.

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answered on Oct 18, 2023

In South Carolina, when a person passes away, their debts are typically paid from their estate, which includes their assets and property. If your late husband had a TD Fit Loan in his name only, it would typically be considered his individual debt, and the responsibility for paying it off would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Live in South Carolina, our property (lot) was illegally listed by our old neighborhood on Zillow, MLS with Broker

what is our recourse, to SUE, the lot was listed without any knowledge by us.... listed for 110,000

This is a big money private country club with deep pockets I have all the screen prints of the online listing with the broker details and the sales agent In addition, this listing occurred... View More

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

You will need a competent SC attorney that handles real property litigation, and there will be few that know what to do. Slander of Title, Trespass, along with a possible Ejectment action will be causes of actions. The title needs to be searched, and with the suit, a Notice Lis Pendens needs to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My brother passed away 11/5/2022. He did not have a Will.

He was not married and had no children. It is just me and my and my younger brother who lives in another state.

I am the Personal Representative. The younger brother has said he is fine with me getting everything. He will sign off to that as well. The house is paid for. I am taking care of... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 30, 2023

It depends on whether the probate court appointed you as an independent personal representative or a dependent personal representative. Your probate lawyer should explain these differences to you. Even if court approval is required, under the circumstances you describe it should be perfunctory.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: If you are buying a house and the roof has a leak in just 2 months is it covered by warranty
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answered on Aug 7, 2023

In South Carolina, the specifics of whether a leaky roof in a newly purchased house is covered by warranty can depend on the terms of the warranty agreement and the state's laws. Generally, new home warranties cover certain defects for a specified period of time, but the exact coverage and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law, Probate and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Do I have any kind of legal rights to family property that I do not own if I have proof of residence for 20 plus years?

I am the person's granddaughter but what happened was the property was in my grandmother's name she had dementia back in 2018 or 19 and my uncle came and had her sign the property to him I was told all my life that I would inherit my portion of the property up until last year and then my... View More

Seth Meyerson
Seth Meyerson
answered on Jun 12, 2023

In situations like this, property ownership and rights can be complex and depend on various factors, including the specific laws of your jurisdiction and the documentation involved.

If your grandmother had dementia at the time she signed the property over to your uncle, it could potentially...
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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: What Federal law allows an Executor of Estate as the only Trustee the court right to sell inherited [mortgage]?

Through Probate [mother willed son to be the Executor and Trustee of their home in South Carolina] whereas the mortgage has gone into the Foreclosure process. He has filed Chapter 7 solely upon the mortgage debt, but the mortgagor will not release the home or accept any offers for said home. What... View More

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answered on Mar 14, 2023

Despite the express wording of Section 506 of the Bankruptcy Code, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is no "cram-down" of secured claims in a Chapter 7 case, and the provisions of Ch. 13 likewise prohibit a "short sale" of mortgaged property where the holder of the first... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: How does my mother get my deceased father’s property in her name if he didn’t have a will?

My dad passed away 3 months ago- intestate- and is survived by my mother (his wife), my 2 brothers, and myself. His name is the only one listed as property owner for the family house & land. What do we need to do to keep the property in the family? And will it be put in just my mother’s name... View More

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answered on Feb 20, 2023

Hire a competent SC attorney to search the title, determine heirship, draft an Affidavit of Heirship, and draft a deed from various Heirs to the one Heir which they agree for him to own individually. If multiple Heirs will be tenants in common, someone has to pay taxes and insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Ex and I are JTROS on our paid for home. Partition default judgement months ago, but delinquent tax sale does what to us

What happens with the partition during the redemption period of the delinquent tax sale?

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answered on Dec 6, 2022

Any Partition Action will be subject to the Tax Sale, which should have been part of the Partition Sale Order. Apparently the Partition Action is incomplete and erroneous. High tax bidder will ignore the Partition action.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Our tree drops branches on a neighbor's yard. Can he sue us to pay to trim branches over his yard, or for damages?

The branches of a tree in our yard extend into a neighbor's yard space. The neighbor states that he would prefer not to pay a tree service himself to trim the branches.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 2, 2022

A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Until you consult with a local attorney for specific property law, the short answer nationwide is that one could be liable for damage their overhanging tree causes to a neighbor's property. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: My brother and me owned house and land together.he sold it without my knowledge and kept money from sale.what do I do?
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answered on Nov 25, 2022

Hire a competent SC attorney to search the title and determine ownership. File suit to Set Aside the Fraudulent Conveyance or sue to Quiet Title to your interest. Ejectment probably will not work, as any Tenant In Common can convey their lawful interest. At worst, file suit for Partition against... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: In SC, who handles the disbursement of surplus funds from a foreclosure auction?

The house has already been auctioned through the the court and the money paid to the courts and lawyers...and the surplus.... after ALL of it was paid has been ordered by the judge to be disbursed to me and only me... But where do I go to collect? Who do I need to speficially contact?

D. Nathan Davis
D. Nathan Davis
answered on Nov 1, 2022

You need to contact the person who conducted the sale of the property. This person may be called a Master, Special Referee, or Judge. There is a form you will need to file to claim the proceeds. The person conducting the sale may have the form for you to sign or you may have to obtain the form... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: I have just received a letter threatening foreclosure on my home for 600$ (two years HOA Dues.

The first year of being late HOA locked me out of my account and has not let me make any payments for previous or current years. They have charged me a daily fee of late fee, administration fees and my $600 bill is now $2600.00 2 years later. I can’t even pay my upcoming year because I am locked... View More

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answered on Nov 21, 2023

You might file a declaratory judgment action and also ask for a temporary injunction. You will need a SC attorney who can file suit fast.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: If a piece of property is in a trust for a person's daughter, can the parent lease out part of the property to someone?

Mother is alive and lives on property, wants to lease part of it to a nonprofit,can that be done?

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answered on Nov 1, 2023

Is the Mother the Trustee? If so, then yes. Trustee makes these decisions in accordance with the Trust terms.

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