Richard S Sternberg’s Answers

Richard S Sternberg

Washington Real Estate Attorney.

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  1. Will a lawyer be needed to change the deed or can he go to the Recorder of Deeds and get the document notarized?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Michael E Gross
    3. Allan J. Ahearne
    3 lawyer answers

    It is immaterial that the Note is paid or the Deed of Trust released. The marriage and divorces are probably immaterial, as long as the former spouses didn't retain any interests. Once he gave a joint tenancy to his daughter, she almost surely became vested in it. He can't simply undo this. The property is titled as it was transferred. It will need to be re-deeded from its current owners to the intended new owners. That said, if the grant was for testamentary purposes and not to grant a...

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  2. How do I open a case that was closed for large real estate in probate. PR named in will died and the replacement PR died.

    Answered 14 days ago.

    1. Ian Thomas Valkenet
    2. Lynn Johnson
    3. Richard S Sternberg
    4. Vincent C Uchendu
    5. Ivette M Santaella
    5 lawyer answers

    The obvious answer is that you need an attorney experienced in DC probate work. This is our bread 'n' butter lately. The Will was surely filed long ago by your predecessor. As long as you have priority to serve as personal representative or can explain why everyone above you in priority consents or cannot object to your service, you need do no more than file a Petition to Reopen Estate. The deceased named PRs will not be a problem, and a simple affidavit will suffice. You'll get your Letters in...

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  3. Bradenton,FL HobbyLobbyPetitTheftCleanRecordPolicTicketSays11-1.CourtMailSays10-1.HowFindLawyer?NotLiveFl!WhichDay?SonDeploy10-3

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Brandy Ann Peeples
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry. I've spent a few minutes trying to decipher this, but I've done no better than my colleagues. You need to try again, and, if I've deciphered anything, post for a Florida ... or is it a military ... lawyer, rather than under Baltimore, Maryland. Best of luck!

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  4. Hello, what type of lawyer should I contact for counsel/guidance on dealing with a harassing neighbor?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    2 lawyer answers

    There is no "specialty" in Bad Neighbor Law or Trash Prevention Law. I suppose one could say that a lawyer with experience in condominium or home owner association law would have more likelihood of having seen this kind a matter, but there is, quite simply, nothing specialized about it. What you need is an independent professional with a little good sense, a feel for the community health enforcement resources available in the District of Columbia, and, perhaps, a second-year law school...

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  5. My father expropriated the funds from my deceased mother's life insurance(I was the beneficiary). How do i get my money back?Thx

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James P. Frederick
    2. Mark William Oakley
    3. Richard S Sternberg
    4. Helen M Smith
    4 lawyer answers

    It would be essential to see the guardianship papers and read the face sheet of the life insurance policy, but it would seem likely based on your recitation that your father was acting as a fiduciary for funds belonging to you, and there are no facts presented that he, in fact, used the funds for your support or reasonable needs within whatever guidelines were applicable. If that turns out to be correct, it seems plausible that your father may have violated his fiduciary duties by seizing funds...

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  6. Earnest money deposit check bounced

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Leonard Bernard Feld
    2 lawyer answers

    I'd be really interested if you can persuade the police or the AUSA to treat that as a criminal fraud charge. I think you'll need to proceed with counsel as a bounced check or breach of contract case.

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  7. Do I need a real estate attorney?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Susan Elizabeth Philbrick Allen
    3. Steven Navaro
    3 lawyer answers

    Mr. Navaro's answer sounds correct. This is one good reason to choose a CRESPA licensed title agent who is also a lawyer when doing a closing. As the buyer/financing party, you have the right to choose the title agent, and, when things go hairy, it's not a bad idea to have a lawyer in the role ... often for the same cost as a non-lawyer title agent. In this case, you may already have a bill from the title agent you already selected and a bill from the lawyer. But, the bottom line is that you...

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  8. USA LLC forming subsidiary/branch in CANADA

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jonathan H Levy
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    3. Luca Cristiano Maria Melchionna
    3 lawyer answers

    You need a lawyer licensed in the appropriate province of Canada. US law is unlikely to be a problem if I understand your question, but it wouldn't hurt to run the Canadian conclusions past a lawyer in the jurisdiction where the US LLC is registered and/or has its principal place of business.

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  9. Probating will for assets in US by US expatriate with no USA address

    Answered about 10 hours ago.

    1. Steven M Zelinger
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    2 lawyer answers

    My colleague is correct that probate occurs in the domicile of the decedent, and I might add that bank and stock accounts generally transfer outside of probate. Thus, upon your demise, the named beneficiary gains access to the funds by presenting your death certificate with no need for Letters of Administration. There may, however, be some tax and Patriot Act reporting involved, much of which could be avoided by using a trust or LLC. I'd need to research that, but I recently had a Virginia...

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  10. How do I avoid my home going through probate?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Steven M Zelinger
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    3. Anna Self
    4. Shelley Ann Elder
    5. Ian Thomas Valkenet
    5 lawyer answers

    I see you've received a number of responses, but none of them come from lawyers admitted to practice in DC. In DC, as in many other jurisdictions, you can convey real property by Will, by Deed, or by Trust. Handwritten Wills no longer receive special lenient treatment, so you really need professional help in forming either the Will or the Trust. The trust can be used to avoid probate, but it can also limit your title to the property during your life, especially if crafted incorrectly. There are...

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