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Steven W. Ledbetter

Venice Probate Attorney.

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  1. What legal document do I need to get authorization into my mother's mortgage account. We want to keep making the payments.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. C. Kelley Corbridge
    2. Steven W. Ledbetter
    3. Steven J. Fromm
    3 lawyer answers

    As discussed above, if your mother has passed, then a probate should be opened in order to manage her assets. While there are different types of probate administrations, there is typically not a short cut. If, however, your mother is still alive and you are merely attempting to assist her with managing her assets, then either a Durable Power of Attorney or a guardianship should be put in place. I advise that you set up a consultation with an attorney in either instance. Most...

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  2. How to add your child to your real estate

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Steven W. Ledbetter
    2. Lesly C Longa
    3. David Michael Goldman
    4. Karen L Brady
    5. Steven J. Fromm
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Simple answer: create a new deed from you transferring title to yourself and the son; however, I would suggest you get an attorney to prepare same so that the proper interests are conveyed. Additionally, title insurance can be affected depending on the type of deed used. --- The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to be anything other than the...

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  3. How to add your child to your real estate

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Steven W. Ledbetter
    2. Lesly C Longa
    3. David Michael Goldman
    4. Karen L Brady
    5. Steven J. Fromm
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Simpe answer: create a new deed from you transferring title to yourself and the son; however, I would suggest you get an attorney to prepare same so that the proper interests are conveyed. Additionally, title insurance can be affected depending on the type of deed used. --- The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to be anything other than the...

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  4. My landlord is not giving me my security deposit, and 15 days of rent that we did not live.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Carol Lynne Zimmerly
    2. Steven W. Ledbetter
    2 lawyer answers

    You definitely consult with a landlord-tenant attorney, as it appears you should be able to demand the return of your security deposit. However, as with all legal matters, there is a cost/benefit analysis that should be done to determine how much money you are willing to pay to rectify this wrong.

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  5. Do I need a real estate attorney?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. David Harris Rosenberg
    2. Marshall C Deason Jr.
    3. Robert Peck Lippelman
    4. Steven W. Ledbetter
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the above contributor, yes, you do need an attorney. It sounds like the solution is for you to modify the mortgage, releasing your ex-fiance and at the same time removing her from title. You will need to work with the attorney who holds the note, and I recommend you have your own counsel to facilitate things. There are a number a good attorneys in Venice, FL that will be able to assist you.

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  6. Can homestead property be sold in Florida?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Marshall C Deason Jr.
    2. Steven W. Ledbetter
    3. Jeffrey Scott Goethe
    3 lawyer answers

    I believe that in addition to the above posting, you may, alternatively, elect to receive an undivided 1/2 interest in the real property, with the remaining 1/2 going in equal shares to his minor children; however, you would need to make this election within 6 months after the decedent's death. If over 6 months have passed, you are left with the life estate. Regardless, you will need to hire an attorney to assist you in sorting this matter out.

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  7. Florida Homestead my step sister refuses to sign quit claim deed on her fathers house so I can sell it. I'm rep of the Estate

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Marshall C Deason Jr.
    2. Gavin Tudor Elliot
    3. Steven W. Ledbetter
    4. Dennis Andrew Chen
    4 lawyer answers

    If the Will grants the PR the power to sell the property, and the property is not the decedent's homestead, it may be possible to convey the property to your brother without your sister's signature. That said, you may have trouble finding a title insurance underwriting to write a policy for it. Regardless, sometimes there are multiple ways to "skin a cat"; however, you step-sister may also have alterior motives for why she is attempting to stall the sale. I recommend you discuss with your...

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  8. Can my step mom interfere with change of guardian papers if real mom gave permission to move but got mental instituted? Fl

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Barbara Billiot Stage
    2. Steven W. Ledbetter
    2 lawyer answers

    While you're 17, you might look into emancipation so that you can make your own decisions.

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  9. Do we have any legal rights?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steven W. Ledbetter
    2. Erica Crohn Minchella
    2 lawyer answers

    A shame "family" would act in such a manner. Based on what you're saying, all 4 own the property, but you are the only one responsible for the mortgage. Granted, if the payments aren't made, the bank will foreclose. Seems like your best case scenario would be to encourage them to sign over the property to you via deed, and then you could simply wash your hands of them. Feel free to call my Venice office. I provide 30 minutes consultations for free, and I'd be happy to look more closely...

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  10. My ex-wife died and left many bills. They exceed the value of the real estate left behind.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Steven W. Ledbetter
    2. Alejandro Rafael Lopez
    3. Henry Daniel Lively
    3 lawyer answers

    This is an instance where I believe a consultation with a FL probate attorney would be quite helpful. The following are follow up questions I would have: 1) is there a will or trust? 2) are there any assets outside of the real estate? 3) was the real estate her homestead? 4) How long ago did she pass? All of these are factors that would affect the advise given by an attorney. Further, you should know that Florida homestead is protected from creditors and in most cases passes outside of...

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