If the deed says that they are "joint tenants with right of survivorship", the title passed to him automatically upon his co-owner's death. If the deed says "tenants in common" or nothing, the title passed automatically to the co-owner's heirs at law. Show the deed to a lawyer who has a real estate practice.
Clifford L. Tuttle, Jr.
Attorney at Law
They are both owners, in that they each have part of the bundle of rights that constitutes fee simple ownership. Each must respect the rights of the other. The life tenant cannot destroy or dissipate the property so that the remainderman receives less. The remainderman cannot take possession until the life tenant dies.
Clifford L Tuttle, Jr
Attorney at Law
This is a difficult situation to handle. Have a lawyer write the landlord a letter, pointing out that he is interfering with their right of quiet enjoyment. State that this constitutes a breach of contract.
If the conduct persists, talk to the lawyer about bringing a harassment complaint before the District Magistrte. Whether you should do this will depend on how intense the landlord becomes.
ARD is a second chance program for first offenders of non-violent crimes. If you are admitted into the program, the charge is held in abeyance. If you successfully complete the program, the charge is dismissed. ARD usually involves payment of fines and costs, and may include other activities. For example, if you are involved in DUI, you may be required to attend classes about alcohol and safe driving.
Since most forecloures are unopposed, 40 - 60 days after service are usually required to get a default judgment. It then takes about 60 - 90 more days for the Sheriff Sale to occur. After that, if the former owner or occupant does not leave voluntarily, it may take another 60 days, more or less, to evict the former owner or occupant from the premises. However, presenting a defense may extend this time considerably.
You don't say the exact nature of the mineral ownership. Is it oil and gas or coal? Are they proposing to drill a well on you property? Or a surface mine?
I suggest you hire a lawyer that knows something about mineral rights. He or she can ask the company for title references and look up the documents. If they don't cooperate, he or she can look it up in the courthouse. The answer depends on the rights conferred in the chain of title. As the owner of the surface land, you may have more...
The only way a credit card claim can become a lien is if the claimant files suit and obtains a judgment. If this happens, you must contact a lawyer very quickly after you are served or a default judgment may be taken. While judgment cannot be taken without proper notice, circumstances can develop where it appears that you were given notice, but you were in fact never informed. If this happens, call a lawyer as soon as you find out -- it may not be too late if you act promptly.
No, Pennsylvania is not a community property state. Property held jointly by a husband and wife is usually held as tenants by the entireties, meaning it is owned by both as though by one person. However, divorce converts this into a tenancy in common, with each owning one half. If the parties can agree on property division during divorce, all the better. But if they cannot, the court will decide. Separate property, such property owned before marriage or inherited, is retained in full....
You can bring a landlord-tenant complaint with the Magisterial District Judge. Although you have an oral lease, you have records of payment, which should be sufficient to prove your case. I would be willing to handle this for you if you wish.
Clifford L Tuttle, Jr.
Attorney at Law