Michael Ian Werner’s Answers

Michael Ian Werner

Pittsburgh Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

Contributor Level 12
  1. I'm benificary and only child on moms will,on house deed it says the grantee and her heirs and assigns.am I the heir?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Jonathan H. Stanwood
    2. Michael Ian Werner
    3. Stuart Mitchell Roseman
    3 lawyer answers

    Its not clear from your question if your mother is still alive or not. As my Estates and Trusts professor loved to say, "A living man has no heirs". What he meant was, heirs are determined once someone has died. Until then, they have a legal right (with very few restrictions) to designate any beneficiaries they want. The determination of whether or not you are your mother's heir is academic without knowing the context of why you are trying to determine this.

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  2. I was a beneficiary on a will 3 months ago. I think it has been changed in the last month. She died. I need a lawyer I think.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Pierson W. Backes
    2. Thomas J. Wagner
    3. Michael Ian Werner
    4. Lawrence R. Scheetz Jr.
    5. Jacques H. Geisenberger Jr.
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    7 lawyer answers

    This sounds just awful. Although it may be difficult for you to pursue a case against the caregiver, it is probably worth contacting a local attorney for some guidance. Gather up everything you have, organize it chronologically and take it to a lawyer for review. Good luck.

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  3. Approx over a yr ago i was hit by a car having pain,is it to late to take action?how do i do anything?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott B Cooper
    2. Lidia L. Alperovich
    3. Michael Ian Werner
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Josh P Tolin
    6. ···
    9 lawyer answers

    You should consult with a local Personal Injury Attorney right away. The Statue of Limitations on your action is running and soon you will not have the option to file a complaint. Most PI Attorneys will not charge you for an initial consultation.

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  4. What can a tenant do to compel landlord in returning the security deposit under PA landlord tenant laws

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Michael Ian Werner
    1 lawyer answer

    First you should contact him in writing and make sure that you provide him with your new address. This will set in motion a thirty (30) day window for him to return the security deposit. If he fails to do so, you can file suit (i.e. sue him) for two (2) times the actual deposit. Such a law suit can be started by filing a Complaint with your local District Magistrate. The process is relatively straight forward and you are not required to hire an attorney to do this. Good luck.

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  5. Can my ll increase rent

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Michael Ian Werner
    2. Matthew Louis Solomon
    2 lawyer answers

    As with most Landlord/Tenant matters, the answer to your question can be found in your lease. A careful review of your lease will most likely answer your question. If the lease is silent on this matter, then (with proper notice) your landlord may increase your rent for a subsequent Lease Term. There is no limit to how much this can be increased. This entire answer is based on the assumption that your unit is NOT section 8 housing.

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  6. What type of attorney do i need to get help with a will ?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Thomas J. Wagner
    2. Yvette E. Taylor-Hachoose
    3. Michael Ian Werner
    4. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    5. Lee Alan Thompson
    5 lawyer answers

    Contact a local Estate Planning Attorney.

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  7. Can a landlord lock out a tenant and hold tenant's personal property under PA landlord tenant laws

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Michael Ian Werner
    1 lawyer answer

    This sounds like a case of a landlord helping him/herself to personal property in an attempt to offset some alleged damage. This is considered "self-help" and that is an action that is not permitted in Pennsylvania. At a minimum, the owner of the property should file a complaint with the local Magisterial District Judge (so long as the damages are for $8,000 or less). At the maximum, this may be a criminal matter and the police should be called.

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  8. Tenant will not leave. She is on section 8. July 30, 2013, she was given notice that I would not be renewing her lease. She was

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Michael Ian Werner
    2. Matthew Louis Solomon
    2 lawyer answers

    Read your lease very carefully. If the lease does not give you clear guidance on how to proceed, you should contact a local Landlord Tenant Lawyer to help guide you through the eviction process. Under NO circumstances should you exercise "Self Help" (ex. changing the locks, disconnecting utilities, etc.). Good luck.

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  9. Ive lost my original copy of my lease & ask for a copy but lanlord says legally she cant give me a copy is this true in phila pa

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Ian Werner
    2. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    2 lawyer answers

    Your landlord may not have a legal obligation to provide you with a copy of the lease, however her statement that "legally she can't give you a copy" is just plain wrong. There is NO law stating that a landlord is prohibited from giving a copy of the lease to the tenant.

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  10. Judge ruled against tenant even though landlord did not have pictures of damages? how can that be fair I lost security dep lost

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Michael Ian Werner
    2. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    2 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry, but without reviewing the full record of your court proceeding, it is not possible to answer your question.

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