Virginia  |  Real Estate Law

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Asked on: 1/16/08, 12:25 am

Forced Sale of Home Threat by Lawyer

My sister is co-owner of a home in Virginia with my mother. Both names are on the title. My mother has Alzheimer's and an attorney(in NY State where my mother currently resides) who has written on my mother's behalf a threatening letter stating that he will begin proceedings against my sister, force the sale of the house and levy all financial charges against my sister in the process. Nobody is living in the house. He stated that it was only a matter of convenience that my sister's name was on the title.

First of all, does this attorney have a leg to stand on if my sister does not wish to sell the house?

Can a charge be filed against the lawyer for unethical behavior due to the fact that he has been presented with the information that my mother has Alzheimer's and is under undue influence?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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