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Q: I closed on my house yesterday. Today I receive a call that the buyer is mad about a area of drywall in the garage.

It’s approximately 20” around where the atv tires were rubbing and chewed it up. I didn’t think about any drywall discrepancies in the garage while signing my disclosure paperwork and I marked nothing was wrong with anything to my knowledge. Now they are talking about possibly contacting an... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Aug 15, 2022

They could sue you - whether they prevail is another issue. But from these limited facts, it sounds like they didn't complete their due diligence prior to closing.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: House showing when rental home for sale

I allowed a showing yesterday of the house I am renting. I am moving in January when my lease is up and I want to help out the owners. The listing agent has not disclosed in the listing that the home is currently rented so 75% of the showings so far are for people expecting to move in. Yesterday,... Read more »

Henry Ambrose
Henry Ambrose
answered on Aug 11, 2022

Talk to your landlord and ask them to deal with the agent. It sounds like the agent considers you a bother. That you want to have privacy and enjoyment of your home is not unreasonable, you are paying rent and are entitled to it. Its possible that your lease covers this situation and that may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can I force the sale of a home I shared with my ex husband if he's disabled?

Home is in both names he is disabled and gets ssdi. Can I force him to sell the home and give me half? Or does the laws protect him on this?

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 21, 2022

Need some more information. But it sounds like you've been divorced but still have the house? If that's the case, an attorney would need to look at the deed. A divorce would sever the tenants by entirety status and make it tenants in common. An attorney would also need to review the... Read more »

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Q: What are examples of Color of Title when it comes to Adverse Possession?
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 14, 2022

An invalid deed - such as one obtained under false pretenses. Or for other reasons such as a deed lacking proper signatures and seals.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: My house has been paid off for over a year I'm supposed to sell in 11 days just found out the mortgage company Aileen

The mortgage company is Wells Fargo and they're taking their time what legal problems can they get into if they don't release it and they make me lose the sale

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 13, 2022

Your title company should be handling this issue. Contact them.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: I recently purchased a property at tax auction. Can I access the property before the redemption period is over?

Sullivan County, Tennessee. Property is occupied.

I know that I can get homeowners insurance during the redemption period. I’m just unsure about the rest. Thanks.

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

Have you got a Deed to the property? If not, you are not the owner. A Bill of Sale is not a Deed.

Only the owner can sue for possession. If deeded, then you can sue for a Detainer, as the Redemption Rights are not the occupant's concern. SOL may have run on Detainers, so...
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Q: I have purchased a property from two brothers and filed PA. Now one brother signed deed and other is MIA?????

Bought 11 acres of a 16 acre plot from two brother that inherited it from their mother. A few months later they are in financial hardship and sell us the rest. PA signed, notarized and filed, along with saying they received funds. Now, one brother has signed the deed but the other is MIA, tho he... Read more »

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

Hire a competent attorney immediately. You will probably need to sue for Specific Performance in

Chancery. A Title Search needs to be performed with some type of source of Title determined and placed in the Derivation of Title Clause. Who drafted the Deed, then transferred money...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Foreclosure and Elder Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can a lender foreclose on a homeowner with dementia?

My father-in-law has recently started showing signs of dementia, and the family is in the process of having him diagnosed. Apparently, his cognitive deficit has been going on much longer than we suspected. His homeowner's insurance policy lapsed, and the lender foreclosed and sold the home. No... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 8, 2022

This happens alot and dementia is not a defense to a Trustee's Sale. Hire a competent attorney to search the Title and see if there was a Surplus. Setting aside the Sale for even irregularities is probably moot; it needs to be enjoined prior to the Sale.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: how do i fight a petition for partition sale My mother is forcing me to sell this home.
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 6, 2022

Hire a lawyer to search the title, and determine ownership and encumbrances. There may be no defense to a sale, except a possible partition in kind.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: In tn can a car be repossessed without a lien on the title.?

I’m in Tennessee my lender is in California, just tried to repossess my car because I didn’t sign my title or title application. I have not defaulted on payments. I went to dmv and clerk told me there is no liens on my car whatsoever in the state of Tennessee and printed me a new title. Can... Read more »

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

There are several ways for the lender to get your car or your money. Since the lien is not perfected, you could sell the car. But you can also be charged with the crime of hindering a secured creditor, or sued for defrauding a creditor after the sale.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Tennessee on
Q: how to sell a join property in India owned by my aunt and uncle (green cred holder) in USA. uncle died without a will.

the husband and wife is a green card holder in USA . Death certificate of the husband is available. can you please advice what is the procedure in changing the share of the property in India to her(wife) name. Also,this couple has no children.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 19, 2022

You will need to hire a competent attorney. Heirship determination will be according to the State of death. An interpreter may be needed. India's laws will control the Deed's terms and recordation if a Deed is needed.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have 2 trees sitting on my property line and I would like to put up a fence can I cut the trees down.

The trees are on the property line so they are on both properties.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 19, 2022

You will want to ascertain the Boundary as accurately as possible. Read your's and the adjacent owner's Deeds. Usually you will want to make the trees part of the fence, but you can probably cut them. But do not be surprised if a Boundary Dispute erupts.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Does my wife have to be bought out of her portion of ownership of a house or can she be sued for her percentage?

My wife is a partial heir to her deceased grandparents house. Her cousin is another partial heir and wants to keep the house for himself to live in. He is threatening my wife with a lawsuit if she does not sign a quit claim deed, giving him ownership of her portion. Does he need to buy her out or... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 19, 2022

Actions for a Sale For Partition are filed alot. She can sell her Tenant In Common Interest, do nothing or get sued for Partition.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: how does one acquire abandoned real estate?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 17, 2022

Hire a very competent attorney to search the title. It sometimes clears the title to buy at a Tax Sale, but again you will need an attorney to draft a Deed. Determining Heirship might get you close to a purchase.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Neighbor built house either on my property or two ft away from the line. What are my options either way?

I am having a surveyor coming out. I did find out however my neighbor did not have a land survey before building the house.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 13, 2022

Apparently you do not know your boundaries at this point. Your allowing a house to be built on your land without protest will be used against you. Hire a competent surveyor now, then take the plat to a competent attorney. It will be difficult and expensive, with the minimum result of a Boundary... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can you have the names on a deed changed?

My husband and I have been living in his grandparents home for 13 years. They have been deceased for 10 years. We have their deed, but do not know what our legal rights are are. The house is needing work and we are not able to take a loan out because the house is not in our home. What are our... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on May 11, 2022

You need to first determine whether your husband is the sole heir of the property. If his parents are alive, or there are siblings, this will help determine options. Typically, when someone dies without a will, property is passed to the next of kin by statute. The heir files an affidavit of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: In a property tax sale do all interested parties need to be notified of the county tax suit, and the tax sale itself?

The property was purchased on the greenbelt in the 90’s, last year while cutting timber on said property, police showed up and told me I need to stop cutting because I didn’t own the property. Apparently 7 years ago the property was taken off of the greenbelt clause making me delinquent on the... Read more »

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

There is a lot more to this than simply getting notice of Delinquent Taxes. Hire a competent attorney to search the Title. The Redemption period is probably past, but the alleged owner may only have a Bill of Sale, not a Deed. An Ejectment Action may be possible. The legal description should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: What can I do to stop a person from quick deeding my house to themselves as if I sighed my house over to them?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 28, 2022

Not sure of your question. But if they have no source of title, then the grantor cannot convey. There could be a felony involved for a totally wild deed. But worse they may claim some authority, and you will have to file a very difficult, expensive case in Chancery to set aside the fraudulent... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: we are purchasing land in the state of tennesse. Is it required that we use an attorney for a simple land contract?
Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
answered on Apr 25, 2022

You are not "required" to use an attorney to purchase real estate in Tennessee. However, I would encourage you to consider using a real estate agent. There may be issues you are not familiar with that a real estate agent may be able to help with. You also may want to use or talk to a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: Memphis TN I need to know exact steps that I need to take in order to retrieve my personal property . Court forms etc

I want a police escort and need to know the proper way to handle this. My roommate was going into my room and stealing my things and I have proof on camera. She is bitter and is refusing to let me have my belongings. She claims I have plenty of money and parents to buy myself replacements of... Read more »

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

Action to Recover Personal Property in General Sessions Court. Bond will probably be required, so determine if the stolen items are worth it.

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