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Matthew D. Slepkow

Riverside Real Estate Attorney.

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  1. If married ,own property my name isnt on title to house only husband and he has children from former wife and dies who gets it?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew D. Slepkow
    2. Brian C. Snell
    2 lawyer answers

    If you are married to the owner of real estate as of the date of death, you will receive a life estate interest int he real estate, if title to the real estate was in his individual name alone. This is regardless of whether he has a will which dictates differently. The spouse's life estate interest cannot be defeated by will. The interest would be defeated if your spouse owns the house in a trust, or as another entity, such as a LLC or Corporation. If your spouse wants you to receive...

  2. Can i get back my security deposit on a commerical building if i never signed a lease

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew D. Slepkow
    1 lawyer answer

    In all likelihood, yes. All matters dealing with real estate must be in writing. If you do not have a writing, or in your case, a lease, you are not bound to the deal. There are exceptions to this general rule, however. If the lease is for less than 1 year, it does not have to be in writing, but it can only be valid if you otherwise agreed to all of the necessary particulars.