Richard S Sternberg’s Answers

Richard S Sternberg

Washington Real Estate Attorney.

Contributor Level 8
  1. Do I need a real estate attorney?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Timothy A. Dinan
    2. Peter J Weinman
    3. John W. Drury
    4. Richard S Sternberg
    4 lawyer answers

    You haven't described it very well, but it has the earmarks to sound like some of the scams I've read about since the real estate collapse. I agree with my colleague from Michigan who says that you can sue, but it's unlikely to be worthwhile. I also agree with my colleague from Staten Island, who notes it is likely a scam. I also agree that nobody should do deals like this without using real estate lawyers and depositing the funds with ***reputable*** title companies. I think you are better off...

    2 lawyers agreed with this answer

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. My landlord and I just signed a lease for a room rental in DC on 9/2. Can the landlord come back the next day and rescind the l

    Answered 8 days ago.

    1. Stuart Lewis Peacock
    2. Marc A Borbely
    3. Richard S Sternberg
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with both of my colleagues. A contract is a contract. To evict you, your landlord needs to file a Complaint for Possession and provide a basis for terminating the lease. Non-payment of rent might be one of them, but, if you are paying (or can prove you are tendering payment), your landlord has no basis to interfere with your quiet enjoyment of the property. At the end of the lease, and in some unusual circumstances before then, the landlord may be able to terminate early, but he is...

  5. My husband died and we held the house in joint tenancy with rights of survivalship. Do I have to change the deed to my name ONLY

    Answered 11 days ago.

    1. Ian Thomas Valkenet
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3 lawyer answers

    I join my colleagues in expressing condolences and in their advice. If the deed was JTWROS, the property passed to you on death. It might speed your sale in the future to keep an original death certificate around, and I believe it costs very little if you decide to record a corrected deed.

  6. Who is the best real estate attorney licensed in Washington DC?

    Answered 18 days ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Thomas O. Moens
    2 lawyer answers

    I don't know how to answer your question. There are many lawyers practicing many aspects of real estate law, and some are better and some are worse. You might try checking what other lawyers say about them, or check if your choices are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbel, or, even, check a public ratings system like Avvo.com to see what clients say about their lawyers.

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

    Answered about 1 month 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.

  8. 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 about 2 months 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...

  9. What is my options.

    Answered 2 months 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...

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

    Answered 2 months 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...

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