It is common in cases like this that a portion of the sale proceeds sufficient to cover the lien is placed in escrow at the closing and the deal closes subject to it. When the lien is cleared up post-closing the escrow is released.
Matrimonial lawyers have higher standards to meet in terms of retainer agreements than non-matrimonial lawyers. The retainer agreement should be in writing. I/m aware of at least one case (in Broom County) where the failure to have the retainer agreement in writing barred the attorney from collecting fees from a client. Also you have the right to demand arbitration if she sues you in Court. Note, not following rules for retainers has particular disciplinary consequences for matrimonial lawyers.
The mechanic's liens expire after one year but can be extended for an additional year by the lienor or by the commencement of a lawsuit to foreclose on the liens. Since a lis pendens was filed, it appears a lawsuit against you must have been filed. In the lawsuit, you should have made a claim against the contractor since he is responsible for to the subs for payment. You should be able to shift this all onto the contractor but you need a good construction litigation attorney.
If, in fact, it can be shown that your father was terminated so his duties could be taken over by a younger worker and age was the reason for his termination, your father may have an age discrimination case. I generally advise in these circumstances that the employee file for unemployment benefits before taking any action against the employer so that the employer documents to the Unemployment Board that the termination was for lack of work, thereby foreclosing the employer later claiming the...
As an at-will employee, Wal-Mart can decide to not hire you for any lawful reason, as seems to be the case here, so you have no legal rights. But, certainly follow up with them, and submit any documentation of your relationship to the deceased and attendance at the funeral you can. You may get a sympathetic ear.
You employer can downgrade your commission plan at any time if you are an at will employee and it was for a non-discriminatory reason. You have not provided information sufficient to determine if there was retaliation or constructive discharge. You need a consultation with an employment attorney.
It means a lawsuit has been filed against you that affects title to your property. Since you have not been paying your mortgage, it probably means a foreclosure lawsuit has been filed against you by the bank. You may have not been served with the lawsuit papers yet. There are many lawyers who specialize in foreclosure and I suggest you contact one in your area right away to discuss your options.
As has been said, immediately get a lawyer and have the fiancé execute a new will. As it stands now, the fiancé's wife is entitled to much of his estate, etc... The retirement and pension plans need a new a beneficiary change too. This is needed in addition to the will. In NY, disinheriting a wife is complicated but possible. You need to see a good estate attorney right away.