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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Unmarried-splitting up. Both names are on the house deed - only his name is on the mortgage. I want the house. Now what?

We purchased the home not quite a year ago. Now he wants to split up after 8 years together. Both of our names are on the deed but the mortgage is in his name only. I want to stay in my house. I am not expecting him to pay the mortgage, I will pay it but the mortgage. He had the better credit so we... Read more »

Alisha Melvin
Alisha Melvin
answered on Feb 5, 2023

Were you husband and wife going through a divorce or just purchased the home together while single? I would need this information to properly respond.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: We sold land that my spouse inherited in South Carolina. We now live in Tennessee. How is the capital gains done in SC.

How is base price figured on inherited land?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 23, 2023

TN does not have an income tax... If you live here, why are you worried about SC's income taxes? But heir will get a stepped up basis anywhere.

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?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
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?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: My aunt and I each own half of the house I reside in. Can she force me to buy her out or sell?

This is in rural Lexington county south carolina. Not Durham n.c. I pay the property taxes, the homeowners insurance, do all the maintenence, upkeep and many improvements to the home.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 14, 2022

Yes she can force a Partition Sale.

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for South Carolina on
Q: I have been given a piece of property with a home on it but I haven't got the title or deed etc

I want to put it on paper and make it official but not exactly sure how to write it out

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 17, 2022

How have you been given land? Will, Heir, Order of Court? Hire a competent SC attorney to search the Title, draft a Deed with a Derivation of Title Clause, and try to get it executed if it is an actual gift. Otherwise an Affidavit of Heirship might be recorded, with no Deed as ancestor is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Myself & ex-wife are listed on the deed, she lives in the house with her current husband. How do i get her to buy me out
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 10, 2022

Hire a competent SC attorney to file an action for a Sale For Partition.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: We live in SC, do you need a lawyer to add joint tenancy with right to survivorship to your property deed.
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 7, 2022

Hire a lawyer to draft the Deed. No title companies nor internet forms. Otherwise you will make a permanent mistake.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: On a deed there's a notation saying that 2 other people didn't sign the deed but are listed as heirs. Explain please.

On the deed one person signed but 2 of her siblings were listed as heirs but did not sign the deed. Do the siblings have claim to that land?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 22, 2022

You will need a competent SC attorney to read the Deed, and search the Title. But you probably were only conveyed the one signing grantor's interest, so that you are a Tenant In Common with the other Heirs. An Heirship Determination may be in order to see who has Title. Hopefully you did... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: In South Carolina, can I use a North Carolina attorney to prepare/write a real estate deed?

My grandfather passed away and my grandmother needs a new deed with my grandfather removed to purchase new home insurance.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 31, 2022

Yes the NC attorney can draft a Deed. But I doubt Grandmother will be getting a new Deed, as survivorship probably determines Title here. You at least need an attorney to review the present Title if not search it.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for South Carolina on
Q: Is it possible to reverse a sale of a delinquent tax sale of a dead person's property(unnotified heirs)

Property was sold with out notification to heirs living on the property

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 18, 2022

Consult with a competent SC attorney to exercise your Redemption Rights quickly if you still have them. Time is of the essence. It will take money, or forget it as someone should have paid those Taxes.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: We bought property in SC and the neighbor beside us using our property as an easement to their house

The neighbors have a driveway to their property on the backside of their house. The easement is not granted in the deed. How do we go about keeping them from using the driveway that is on our property?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 6, 2022

You need a SC attorney to search both Titles. The adjacent owner may have a Prescriptive Use Easement or an Easement By Implication, which might be provable in Court.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Man dies in MI. owns land worth $4,000 in SC does land auto go to spouse or has to file probate. His estate under $20k

A man passed in Michigan where he and his wife were living at that time. He and his wife own land in SC worth $4,000. Does the land automatically go to her without filing probate in MI? His entire estate was less than $20,000.

The wife is trying to sell the land in SC but this issue arose... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris
answered on May 16, 2022

This is a question that depends on South Carolina law. A Michigan probate court does not have jurisdiction to decide matters regarding real estate located outside the State of Michigan. Other states could have a statute though that allows South Carolina to recognize ancillary probate proceedings... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: My partner is an executor of his father’s estate, which has a mortgage being paid by grandparents.

His grandfather is paying a mortgage on the house my partner inherited, and he is threatening to foreclose on the home. What rights does my partner have? Will we be forced into homelessness with no further say in the matter?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 2, 2022

Whoever owns the mortgage is the one the that can foreclose. If the notemaker buys the note, then he can foreclose. It sounds like he is threatening to quit paying the note. Being the executor probably has no relevancy here.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Do we have any rights as a renter for what we considered false advertisement?

We rented a home with a dock on the inlet for the sole purpose of fishing and water activities but when we arrived, the dock had been torn down and under construction. There is no access to the water due to the construction material along the entire inlet wall. No communication was made to us... Read more »

D. Nathan Davis
D. Nathan Davis
answered on Apr 18, 2022

The short answer is probably yes. If a property is held out to you as including a dock, you have the right to be compensated if the amenity was not available to use. Of course, you will have to prove the difference in the value of the property with the amenity and without the amenity.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law, Family Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Can a homeowner file Chapt 7 the day before his home is auctioned off at the courthouse?

The home is a probate estate home, whereas the tenant is the son (Executor) and heir. The home was willed to the son, but he says that the mrtg lender told him he has no rights to the home because he is not on the deed. Is this true?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 5, 2022

Yes. They can file the day before the auction. If the property was willed to the heir, then the heir has an ownership Interest in the property.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: i bought an acre of land with a small amount of cash with a quit deed two years ago. there was no one present but me and

the seller. the deed was only signed by me and the seller there was no lawyer or notary present and i never recorded the deed. is it still valid? or did i get screwed?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Feb 16, 2022

You need to hire a SC attorney to examine your Deed and perform a title search, basically to see if you are the owner. Have you paid taxes? Hopefully you will need to record the Deed and pay property taxes. Otherwise you may only have a claim under color of title.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Insurance Defense and Municipal Law for South Carolina on
Q: What type of liability insurance is needed for a home child care center?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 7, 2021

A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. You could also consider discussing this with an insurance agent who has experience with commercial policies for these types of operations. That way you could identify the risks you need to be protected... Read more »

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