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William F Nichols

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  • Can you tell me a ball park figure of what it would cost to sue for a right to petition against 3 other landowners. Probate? y/n

    About how much would most Attorneys charge up front to take something like this to court. It was land my two sisters and I inherited and another owner not inherited and a 1/3 life estate for living spouse. The land would have to be slip into 4 tra...

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    The only way to get a ball park estimate is to first pay an attorney to review all the documents and lay out the issues and possible avenues of resolution. Most attorneys will charge a flat fee to review a matter and give you an idea of what has to be done and a budget for whatever is recommended. Some may do it for free but the better attorneys often require some payment for their time analyzing the case. Find a lawyer that is very familiar with what is commonly called a "suit for partition." Good luck.

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  • Do I need an estate Attorney

    We have a dispute for the estate left by my grandmother. Her and my mother, who lived in the same house for 20 plus years. My mother is on the mortgage as well as they had a QuitClamin Deed. Stating "Martha Phifer, a widow and Linda Eck, for th...

    William’s Answer

    You need to talk to an attorney familiar with intestate estates and real property law in OH. Whether the title to the house is correctly vested in your mother is the central issue. This isn't something you can do on your own.

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  • Can I rescind our real estate transaction?

    We purchased a home a year ago. In the contract, the seller had items they agreed to repair after inspection. Before we did a final walk through, the seller still hadn't moved out so we took the word of the receipts and believed they had done what...

    William’s Answer

    Rescission may be available but it may not be the best remedy. Only an experienced real estate litigation attorney can help you sort out what course of action would be best in the circumstances. Don't delay. If you wait too long you may lose important rights. Good luck

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  • My parents purchase a house by owner about 8 years ago they paid off the house.

    purchase sale was $70000, they gave $10000 down-payment balance was $60000, the owner and my parents sign a purchase and sale agreement that was notarized. Since last year the loan was payoff and we been waiting for the owner to transfer the title...

    William’s Answer

    Your parents need a good real estate lawyer immediately. Be prepared with all the documents that show the contract has been completed. It sounds like your parents did not have an attorney or real estate agent and did not have the contract escrowed. There are many good real estate attorneys in the Spokane area who can help. Don't delay. If your parents wait too long they may lose important rights. Good luck.

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  • Can I purchase a home without a realtor?

    I am pursuing purchasing a home from a 'For Sale By Owner' seller. Do one of us need a realtor or can I use an attorney for the home purchase process?

    William’s Answer

    Your seller doesn't want to pay the commission. If you wish to pay a commission to a real estate agent that will be a "buyer's agent" you can do so in most states. You are also fee to use an attorney that will represent your interests and make sure all the details are taken care of. Most FSBO do not get everything done that needs to be done. The process will be much smoother for you if you get professional help. Good luck.

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  • I was awarded half of community property(boat). I recently found the boat has been sold without my permission. What do I do?

    The boat I was awarded as community property has been sold to one of my exs family members extremely cheap. Without my permission or knowledge. I found out afterwards. What step to I take now to get the true value of the boat and my half?

    William’s Answer

    Contact a divorce lawyer in your area to see if you have a basis to file a motion to have your ex held in contempt for selling the asset at below market value and without your permission. Be sure to subpoena the purchaser to the court hearing. Be prepared to have someone that is familiar with boat values testify regarding the value of this particular boat. Good luck

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  • I inherited a piece of land with my 4 siblings. one sibling has a lien against him and we cannot sell. Kentucky”

    Is there any way to have the brother removed from the estate?. His refusal to settle his debts has caused us to be unable to sell. This is causing us to have to pay extra taxes and upkeep expenses for this property. This has gone on for about 10 y...

    William’s Answer

    You need to contact an attorney to discuss whether you can pursue an action for partition. Partition is usually a statutory remedy where one or more co-owners of property can force a sale. The attorney should be able to determine whether your sibling's lien only affects his interest and if so, how that will be handled in the action for partition. It isn't inexpensive but it may be what you need to get the property sold and convert this real property to cash for you. You really can't just "remove" your brother from his interest but you can get the property sold in most states.

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  • How to get alcoholic mom declared incompetent in Massachusetts.

    I live in Philadelphia, PA my mom is in E. Longmeadow, MA. My aunt has been getting her groceries, to the doctor & taking care her checkbook b/c she had bounced her rent in low income housing & if it happens again she'll be evicted. Last July s...

    William’s Answer

    I recommend you contact an attorney in MA that is familiar with MA guardianship and conservatorship requirements. Your mother may be competent to take care of non-financial matters but incompetent to handle her finances. Focusing on the latter may help take care of the former. The attorney can explain the process in MA, what level of proof is necessary, estimated costs, etc. Good luck.

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  • Our HOA bylaws in WA state: "Persons receiving any type of disability payment will disclose this situation to the Board and

    receive permission or a release or waiver of restricts before any agreement is entered into." It's under the section that is headed: Conflicts of Interest, Related Party Transaction, and covers employee/employer relationships. Is that legal?

    William’s Answer

    You need to find an attorney in your area that is familiar with the federal Fair Housing Act and the accompanying regulations. Alternatively you can contact a Fair Housing advocacy group in your area for help. On its face this provision may violate that federal law but you will need to sit down with someone who can look at the entire document, ask questions, etc.

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  • Need a lawyer to get home in my name

    My parents passed away and they was buying their home on contract , the owner wife passed away , which left only one person who owned the home he gave me a quick claim deed to the home , but the court house said I need a lawyer to finish the transfer

    William’s Answer

    You need to consult an attorney in your area that is familiar with real estate and probate. Both areas of the law are likely involved. Depending on the circumstances this can be relatively simple or frustratingly complex. The sooner you get good advice the better. Good luck.

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