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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: A group lake property owners formed an Assoc to pay for weeds This Assoc wants all owners pay even opt can they force us

A group lake property owners formed an Assoc to pay for weeds This Assoc wants all owners pay even opt out can they force us to pay using the township to collect the tax?

They said if they get 51% of lake property owners to join the other 49% would have no choice ad our Township would... Read more »

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Sep 29, 2022

What does your deed say about a property owners association? Unless it existed at the time you bought, or existed when a single person/entity owned the land before subdividing the land, I don't see how you can be FORCED into joining an association.

Without seeing all the paperwork...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can Real Estate be transferred to the estate even if not specifically called for in the will?

My mom died and left her residual estate to 14 (4 children and 10 grandchildren). Some heirs are ex-pats. It will be easier to handle the sale of a rental property if it is first titled to the estate and then sold - and all heirs agree this can happen. While the will gives the executor (my... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 29, 2022

The Residuary Estate Clause of the Will disposes of the rest and residue of any property not already bequeathed or devised in the Will. So, depending on the Title, it appears the rental property can also be sold for the benefit of Estate Beneficiaries. Hire a competent NC lawyer to examine the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Oregon on
Q: In leaving my house to my step-daughter. Is it better to add her name to the property before I die, or will it to her?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 29, 2022

Executing a Deed to her takes effect now, even if it is a vested Remainder taking possession at your death. Wills must be Probated for the Will to have any effect, which also attracts other relatives and creditors.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Business Law and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: Plumbing/water damage purposely hidden behind a piece of furniture wedged into closet by sellers, missed by inspector, i

Closed July 2021.

Sellers hid major damage, real estate agent was a young kid, making millions in a crazy market and largely uninterested n unresponsive to us small potatoes. He recommended we go with his inspector friend. We trusted all parties at the time. We discovered immediately... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Sep 29, 2022

Attorneys are not allowed to say "I'll take your case" on this forum. It's not allowed. Start with local attorneys and gradually move further away. I must warn you that you have a duty to mitigate your damages. You have to pay for the repairs yourself, and then sue to get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: What is my rights if a partner does not want to pay 50% of damage to property which they are co-owner?
Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on Sep 29, 2022

Take it out of their rent, share or eventual sale of the property by tracking these costs, if they are not a good partner in the property then buy them out, refinance or consider other options, but definitely track and keep records of all your costs and expenses for a later date in order to claim... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Collections for Virginia on
Q: Can I be sued for damages without any receipts that the plaintiff paid that money.

My landlord is suing me for damages. I received my bill of particulars but only estimates no receipts can the judge rule in the plaintiff's favor without any proof that is what she paid?

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Sep 29, 2022

You have to defend the lawsuit. If you allow a default to be entered, you're done.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Hellos is it legal for our rent to own landlord to have us sign that we waive our rights if there was mold here

Black Mold found after signing lease

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 28, 2022

A Louisiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Until you speak with a local attorney, many courts nationwide do not look kindly on the idea of waiving liability for injury in general. It could depend on how a waiver was written. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: I live in Bklyn, NY and received a violation to repair a retaining wall that is not on my property line. Shared driveway

Broken part of wall is at the entrance of a shared alleyway used by all the residents on the block to access garages. Where can I find the law that covers who is responsible for upkeep of retaining wall and how do I prove to the city that the violation they gave me does not involve my retaining... Read more »

Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Have a free telephone consultation with counsel.

Jack

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Mortgage and eviction.

If I took out a mortgage on a home and paid 70,000 on said home over a period of years and the property owner passed away and left rights to the property to the children, could they kick me out of the property after I’ve already paid 70,000 on the mortgage?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 28, 2022

It is sounding like you are not the owner. If true, having paid someone else's Note, then yes, the actual owners who are Tenants In Common can sue you for possession. Put together proof of all payments, then hire a competent attorney there, like Herb Patrick, to request a Deed or defend... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: How can you transfer title to heirs when property is passed intestate without going through probate in Ohio?

The time to go through probate in this case has passed so I am looking for other options to pass title

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 28, 2022

Depending on how the deed to the real estate is drafted, it might have to go through probate. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local probate attorney who can review the deed and re-open the probate case to transfer the property if that is necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: My ex husband has died, his brother has filed probate of estate for the house. I have also filed probate of estate

Now a judge has to make a decision.

I was told since I have a child with the deceased he is next of kin.

What are my chances here?

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Sep 28, 2022

You question is posed for Maryland, but you seem to be in DC. This answer is based on your ex-husband residing in Maryland. I also assume that you've written "ex-husband" because you were divorced before he died. If you are his widow, your priority is higher. In Maryland, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Do I need title insurance if I can get a warranty deed for a land purchase?

I want to purchase land in Tennessee on a mountain where the drive to the property is a few miles of gravel road put in by the land developer. The road is NOT county maintained. The title company has heard the developer plans to file bankruptcy and is no longer maintaining the roads.... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 27, 2022

Title Insurance only covers a few problems, and never ensures that the access is maintained. Many Title problems that may arise are not insured risks. And making a valid claim on a policy is very difficult. Have you searched the Title yet, or even actually read the legal description and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Q: If the relationship in a joint tenancy becomes hostile and one stops paying and the other continues to pay. What happens

How can the one that walks get their name removed from the loan? And would they be free from the loan? If the name stays on the loan but they move out and the other person continues to pay what penalties would be incurred to the one not paying? A note this is not a married couple.

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 27, 2022

If the lender is not paid, it could seek to foreclose. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: My property manager is trying to say that he can not accept a post dated check for a lease payment per B&P Code 10145.
James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 27, 2022

He doesn't need to accept a post-dated check. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Do restrictive covenants have to be filed with a property description?

Can I just copy a set of restrictions and use them without filing with the deed.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 27, 2022

No legal description of the encumbered property must be recorded with the legal description. However some type of notice to the world where the restrictions apply should be of record, as otherwise the covenants will be worthless and unenforceable. Hire a competent attorney to at least draft a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: I have a property I would like to purchase but is having a hard time getting the tax sale purchase to sale

At the time of the auction the owner had died and her heirs wasn't aware of the sale but is willing to sale to me but can't because the tax sale has 100% but hasn't quiet the title.I have offered him cash and still won't sale he doesn't live in state and the property is now... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 27, 2022

If this property is in Louisiana and you are not in Louisiana and this property is going up for a tax sale, then I strongly recommend that you contact and hire a Louisiana real estate attorney practicing in the local jurisdiction where the tax sale is being held so that you can make sure that all... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I am the mortgage lender on a commercial property and the buyer died. How do I get the balance due on the loan?

The heir apparent is the present owner of the property and is willing to continue making payments on the existing loan. How do I obtain an agreement to this effect.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Sep 27, 2022

I’d have to research the specifics, but, generally, the heir can continue to pay the current loan with no further documentation, and the mortgagee remains secured by the property. You could probably prepare an endorsement of the note or enter a new loan on the same terms.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: How long do you have to own property in Tennessee before you can get a home equity loan?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 26, 2022

There is no legal requirement for a length of home ownership. Different Lenders have various time in place requirements, but sometime 2nd priority Deeds of Trust are given at closing, that is with no history of ownership. Ask your prospective Lender its rules.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Can I revoke a quit claim To some property while I am still alive
Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Sep 26, 2022

No. A quit claim deed once executed, means that you have sold, for whatever price, the property to the other party, lock, stock, and barrel. A quit claim deed is not a gift, there's no revocation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My fiance sold his inherited land . In the contract it states that the buyer is to have him fully paid within 60 days. T

The buyer had him sign some papers and the made a legal description of the land himself and had it recorded in the GIS. The property is now recorded under his name. He has not paid my fiance the balance and this recording of the land was done after the 60 days agreed apon. What does he need to do

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 26, 2022

Hire a NC attorney to sue for Breach of Contract. Then levy Execution upon the real property you just conveyed to him. Always hire an attorney to represent you in a real estate transaction (search title, draft deed, note, deed of trust, etc.)

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