Richard S Sternberg’s Answers

Richard S Sternberg

Washington Real Estate Attorney.

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  1. Does it break any laws to step down from a condo board before there is a replacement?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. John P Corrigan
    3. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    4. John Arthur Daniels
    5. Peter J Weinman
    5 lawyer answers

    Let's start with your question: Does it break any laws? Of course not! At its most fundamental level, you cannot be required to perform any form of labor against your will, including volunteer board membership. We abolished slavery quite a while ago. Let's re-phrase your question: Could it violate some civil duty you have if you resign? That seems rather extremely unlikely, but I can't possibly know what civil duties you've given yourself. We give ourselves civil duties in contracts and other...

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  2. My child is 16 she and other gals got in trouble for messing up one of her friend's car what can we do?.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Brandy Ann Peeples
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    3. David Raymond Mahood
    3 lawyer answers

    My colleagues are correct. You can either cut this off as early as possible before it gets out of hand, or you can ignore it and hope it blows over. Ignoring it usually makes it worse in Montgomery County, and she might wind up in civil, criminal, and school admin trouble. A competent lawyer now might help.

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  3. Can I sue my step grandmother's estate for the remainder of the proceedings received from the sale of my biol grandparents home?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Brandy Ann Peeples
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    3 lawyer answers

    It sure sounds like you've missed the statute of limitations on filing anything, but the best bet is to review the facts, the titles, and the wills with a competent lawyer. A thousand bucks on an investigation might be very well-spent money with property prices in and around Rockville.

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  4. If I type my Last Will & Testament & assign ownership to dift people of my earthly possessions, sign & date is it legal document

    Answered 16 days ago.

    1. Michael E Gross
    2. Evan H Farr
    3. Richard S Sternberg
    4. Tony Anthony
    5. Shelley Ann Elder
    5 lawyer answers

    > I am not officially married, but have been living w/ my domestic partner for 2 yrs, so am common-law > married. No, you are not. > what I need to do to ensure my typewritten Last Will & Testament is legal/binding. Hold it firmly in both hands. Move your left hand forward sharply while you move your right hand sharply backwards. Repeat several times. Seek out a lawyer, or, at least, do an on-line search for a legally binding Will along with careful instructions on how to execute it...

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  5. How do I claim my inheritance?

    Answered 6 months ago.

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

    It is not clear to me that your great aunt has standing to serve as PR. I have to make some assumptions in reading your posting, but DC law gives priority in intestate estates to the heirs at law. You grandfather's wife, if she survived, your father's siblings, and then your siblings should serve. The duties are minimal when you are represented by counsel, and you will avoid personal representative compensation as well as all sorts of unusual problems that sometime crop up when non-heirs get...

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  6. My sister and I are going to sell a house given to us by our mother when she passed.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Michael E Gross
    2 lawyer answers

    As my colleague says, the applicable law is from the jurisdiction where the property is situated. So, North Carolina law controls, and North Carolina is particularly strict about who can conduct a North Carolina settlement. But, regardless of where you are, a settlement agent can prepare a package for you and your wife, if needed, to review and sign before a notary public anywhere. Settlements can usually occur by overnight courier anywhere, including foreign countries. Ask your North Carolina...

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  7. I OWN ONE FIFTH OF MY PARENTS HOUSE AND PROPERTY.CAN I SELL MY INTEREST TO A BANK??

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. William C. Mack
    2. Vincent J. Gallo
    3. Richard S Sternberg
    4. Adam Lefkowitz
    5. Peter J Weinman
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I am entertained by my learned colleague's brief response, so I apologize for taking the humor out of it by explaining.... Assuming you have an actual fee (the lawyer word for a present interest in real property). Let's assume it isn't a remainder after a life estate or a trust expectancy or a survivorship interest. Most assuredly, you need a competent NJ lawyer to read the Will and run a short title search before you know that, but let's just assume ... so long as you remember the old joke...

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  8. I am selling my house without a real estate agent Will need a real estate attorney to helpwiththe title and escrow process.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mary Gail Carver
    2. Robert Emmett West JR
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    4. Douglas S. Tingvall
    5. Richard S Sternberg
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Realtors(r) have access to all the right forms and they know the established local practices that are familiar to everyone locally from the title underwriters to the Recorder of Deeds to the local courts. Lawyers have that information, too, and they have the ability -- an ability you probably don't need or want here -- to be creative about it. One way or the other, you need the transaction to comply with local laws on disclosures, purchase and sale agreements, addenda with options, and...

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  9. How hard will it be to have a family member declared as deceased and how do I retain a lawyer in DC when I live in PA?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Gary Ralph Ilmanen
    2 lawyer answers

    I think you'll need counsel, and it sounds like an interesting case. I don't imagine there are too many lawyers willing to take probate matters on a contingent fee (a percentage of the proceeds), but I might consider it. I'd start by getting cooperation from Vital Records if he was homeless in DC.

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  10. How do you respond to resident’s false claim of your responsibility to water damages to their condo determined not to be yours?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Steven Andrew Krieger
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Krieger in part, but it cannot hurt to preserve evidence now. The statute of limitations on the prior claim is three years, but there is an argument that limitations would be extended if the leak was from a continuing problem or was somehow concealed until the present leak. Copies of the reports, names of the prior inspectors, photos from the time, names of lay witnesses who know that the prior damage was from a different cause and/or can identify what damage came from what...

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