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Paul H Begemann

Paul Begemann’s Answers

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  • I recently purchased a foreclosed home. How do I remove the squatters currently occupying it (they do not have a lease)?

    A family is occupying the home I recently purchased, after foreclosure was filed by the previous owner. They have no lease with the previous owner and have not paid rent. What law can I invoke to force them to move?

    Paul’s Answer

    Generally the only way to get them out is an eviction as suggested above. You should consult an attorney to have a notice to quit drafted as there can be various potential grounds to put in the notice to quit. If they broke in and are tresspassing your attorney might have other suggestions but I would not do anything without legal advice.

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  • Is it worth going to court?

    My husband and I opened our own business and hired an electrician. He estimated the job at $5k, but dragged the project on until it reached the $12k. We made him sign an agreement to finish the job within that week, which he signed it, but proce...

    Paul’s Answer

    Your question does not really state what your damages are. Did you give him money and he did no work? Or are you unhappy with the quality and timelieness of what he did? Or was it just more expensive than anticipated?

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  • If a person dies intestate without a spouse, with one child (deceased0 but one surviving grandchild, who has succession rights?

    The child of the deceased person ,predeceased his parent and had one child. The state is CT., in New Haven county. Parents of the deceased are both alive. The only remaining grandchild is a minor with a living guardian (her mother).

    Paul’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Weatherby and would reiterate his advice to seek legal counsel if you are involved in this particular matter, to determine the assets that might be in the estate as well the implications of the intestacy.

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  • I am a 1st time home buyer and am dealing with a dual agency and the seller is working with a relocation co. Do I need a lawyer?

    Is a lawyer required or recommend for this situation?

    Paul’s Answer

    You definitely need an attorney to protect your interests. In CT seller and buyer each have an attorney and the buyer's attorney also usually closes the loan for the buyer's lender.

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  • In ct, after the law date, before eviction, is there ANY way at all to re-open the case with a more specialized attorney?

    strict foreclosure with deficiency judgement

    Paul’s Answer

    There is no way to answer that question without a thorough review of your particular situation, the pleadings in the matter, etc. You need to consult with an experienced foreclosure attorney if you wish to explore any potential options if there are any.

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  • If a will states to split equally is a bank account of the estate which is a joint acct. Eligible for the split?

    One of the bank a account is a joint account with one of the children of mother's estate. Is that considered to be included as a asset eligible for the split or excluded and solely the joint owner?

    Paul’s Answer

    A typical joint account with two owners would be considered a non-probate asset and would become the sole property of the surviving owner outside of the probate process.

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  • Want to sell house worth less than owe

    Here is the problem. I looked online and seen my house is worth $169,000 but I owe $162,000 if I go to sell now commission and closing cost and other fee's I would not even get to leave the house free and clear. Is there any help in this situat...

    Paul’s Answer

    The answers are good. You need to investigate a short sale. Consult a few local real estate agents experienced in handling short sales for sellers and also speak to your lender about their requirements. The lender will have to approve of the short sale price and will require financial information from you. If it is your principal residence you should be exempt from some or all of the conveyance taxes, I am pretty sure. There will be negative credit consequences but less bad than a foreclosure. There is a lot of information online about short sales, not all of it accurate. Go by what your lender tells you. You will need to know the value to see if it is s short sale or by how much and people usually use a CMA from an agent, although an appraisal us an option too from an appraiser. And you will need an attorney who has short sale experience also.

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  • Expanded Title insurance on home

    I do have title insurance on my home. How do I know if its expanded title insurance. I'm having a property line dispute with my neighbor. Will my policy cover for the survey, fence and attorney fee.

    Paul’s Answer

    Different title insurance companies have different names for the enhanced policies such as castle or homeowners or other such names. You may have coverage even under the standard policy. There is no reason not to make a claim and see if it is covered.

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  • How do you begin to contest a will? What are the odds of success? What kind of evidence do we need to contest a will?

    My husband was very distraught when his mothers will had been changed recently leaving him only $1. His older sister who appointed herself POA without his knowledge has had an estranged relationship with him has had full control of all his mother...

    Paul’s Answer

    The short answer is this is really a situation you need to consult an attorney with experience in will contests who can analyze your particular situation to advise on the potential merits of a will contest. There may be certain deadlines too for bringing such a contest so do not delay.

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  • My great aunt died and her estate is valued over 1 million dollars. The attorneys fee is listed as one third of the estate

    Is this normal? My aunt is executor and thinks she cannot change attorneys before estate is settled. Is that true? What advice can you give!

    Paul’s Answer

    The fee is subject to probate court approval and seems extraordinarily large. The fee must have some relationship to the work done. An beneficiary can challenge the final accounting including the fee.

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