Richard S Sternberg’s Answers

Richard S Sternberg

Washington Real Estate Attorney.

Contributor Level 8
  1. Please help me. if you could answer the below questions i am asking on behalf of my hopefully-soon-to-be fiscal sponsor.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

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

    I agree with my colleague. That description is useless, and I have no idea where to start to answer. But, I do know what you should do. Your "sponsor" says he can find a lawyer to address this issue pro bono. What you need is a lawyer to clarify and then respond to your questions and plan your charitable entity. Take your friend up on find a lawyer to sit down with you and define the issues.

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  2. I signed a real estate sale contract. Later, another better offer came in. Is there any way out of the prior contract?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Peter J Weinman
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    3. Michael T Millar
    3 lawyer answers

    It starts and ends with the contract with a little touch of local practice mixed in. Can you breach a contract to take a better offer? Usually, the answer is -- quite surprisingly -- yes. But, your buyer can sue you to get the difference you thought you had made and/or for the amount they were damaged by the breach and/or in some jurisdictions for tort damages (beyond the contract) for intentionally breaching or interfering with other contract. Worst perhaps, the buyer might be able to sue you...

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  3. Can my old roommates or apartment complex sue me for damages after I exited the lease?

    Answered 8 days ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    1 lawyer answer

    Your description makes no sense to me, but I'd need to read the Lease and the Release as well as any correspondence to be able to advise you. Find a lawyer and retain them to review the release.

  4. My husband's father passed without a will. He had a house and car. Is probate the solution and how long does it take?

    Answered 28 days ago.

    1. Lynn Johnson
    2. Steven M Zelinger
    3. Richard S Sternberg
    3 lawyer answers

    It doesn't really matter that he didn't have a Will, except that the estate will pass by intestacy instead of by Will. Either way, a probate will be required to transfer title. Once probate is opened, the car will be easy, though there is a shortcut available if that's all that's involved. If all the heirs waive bond, the priority heir is available to serve as PR or all the others sign renunciations of their priority, and there are no claims, this can be completed when the claims period expires...

  5. What is my options.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Steven M Zelinger
    2. Ivette M Santaella
    3. Richard S Sternberg
    3 lawyer answers

    My learned colleagues are quite correct. The ultimate answer will be determined by your family tree, the existence of a Will, and who the correct beneficiaries are. That you paid the taxes is relevant to whether you are entitled to be reimbursed for your contributions, but, contrary to popular DC myth, it is not probative of your title to the property. You need a DC lawyer, and you need the services of that lawyer before taxes go unpaid or the house begins to decline. If you are an heir with...

  6. Is this deed issue best handled by a real estate or estate attorney under these circumstances, is it complicated to resolve?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Lynn Johnson
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    2 lawyer answers

    My fellow counsel is correct as to the possibility that this will be a cheap, easy fix, but the bottom is that you need a lawyer to review the family tree and possibly file the estate. It'll be all the better if that lawyer is a licensed title agent, because it is possible that the transaction can be titled an insured easily. We offer both services and would be happy to help. There is no reasonable likelihood that you can fix this yourself, and I make lots of money each year from people who...

  7. Accidentally paid 10 months of water bills for old rental property via autopayment - old landlord refuses reimbursement

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Marc A Borbely
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    2 lawyer answers

    I'm not sure I understand the facts. If you are telling me that you paid a bill from your money for a prior tenant with whom you were not sharing finances or the tenancy, then you can probably sue the landlord in small claims to get your money back. If you are saying that the funds were duly owed by your former co-tenant and paid from the joint account you'd set up for that purpose and negligently failed to close thereby causing the due bill to be paid from the same account it was previously...

  8. If a lawyer is trying to dismiss a case how long does it take to oppose it in a civil law suit in DC?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    1 lawyer answer

    I'm not sure that I understand your situation, but if you presently have an attorney, none of us should be second-guessing your counsel or even communicating with you. Ask your lawyer about the status and prospects for your case. And, if you are losing faith in your lawyer, interview another lawyer to act as a replacement or further attorney-advisor. If you don't trust your lawyer, you need a new lawyer.

  9. Serving a subpoena pro-se In forma pauperis ? DC federal district court 14-CV-00295 ask get answers??

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. David R. Bruegel
    2 lawyer answers

    Sorry, like the gentleman from Michigan, I've got no idea what this means, but there are special requirements for service of a subpoena in the District of Columbia, and messing that up will delay your subpoena. If you can try restating your situation more clearly, one of us can try to help, but you need counsel, at least as a paid attorney-advisor to act as a resource while you pursue justice.

  10. How do I get out of this situation so I can on with what's left of my life. Now even my licenses are threatened.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    1 lawyer answer

    I've read this 3 times. I have no idea what happened or how to help you, but if a court has already found that you aren't credible and some license you have is threatened, you *really* need to speak to a lawyer.

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