Recent Free Legal Questions answered by
Richard Bryan


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My brother lives and rents with my mom. My mom now has dementia and he took over her mortgage...
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There's no way to divide up the house after mom dies. The mortgage has to be paid off. So what... more

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What to do if you are a EBT client. Chase Bank ATM takes your money back in 30 second.Spoke to the...
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Was the money deducted from your account? If the machine took the cash back, it seems to me the... more

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I recently filed for Successor Executorship, when my sister no longer wanted to serve. Having been...
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That's a good question. Congratulations for getting so far by yourself without a lawyer. Typically... more

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My maternal Uncle died in 2011, having been the owner of several properties in NY, FL, CT &...
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The only possible scenario I can think of is to find a pit bull of a lawyer to take this case on... more

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Does this fact pattern violate federalism and separation of powers concepts? Each high school...
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No I don't think this provision violates either of the legal concepts you mention. Federalism is a... more

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My mother passed in 2016 in Suffolk County, NY. My step-father is still alive and living in the...
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Sorry to hear about your mom. My mom past this Summer and its very hard to lose your mom. I wonder... more

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Can a NJ power of attorney be backdated? Meaning can the effective date be in the past even thought...
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No more

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medical mal practice suit in which the patient dies, but not as a result of the mal practice....
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You're twisting and combining several different areas of the law and legal concepts. You really... more

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Can a sibling change and add his name to a parents mortgage without consent of other brother? He...
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Probably everything was done legitimate even if the other brother didn't know all the facts.... more

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If a judge from the Bronx Supreme Court issues an order of stay and it is served on the person, if...
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They can be held in contempt. more

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What is the legal statue, you can not sell property that is in Litigation, to Quiet Title.
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You need to speak with a lawyer. You can't do this by yourself. It's too complicate there are many... more

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where do i place a stock account to avoid probate?
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Consider a trust or 'transfer on death' designation on the account. more

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My contract with my real estate agent ends in the middle of December. If after that date, I then...
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You'd have to read the contract carefully and see what it says about this. I really can't give you... more

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I owed a beach house with my brother and he subscribed to DTV which I didn't want, now after 5...
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Tough situation. You have to come to a compromise. He wants half for the last five years? Something... more

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I probated my mom's will. Her estate amounted to more than 50, 000 (but the full 50, 000 was not...
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File the List of Assets/Inventory and that's it. Probate is closed. more

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House and cars in husband name what are my rights after his death in new York state.
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The car should be easy to transfer into your name, except nothing with DMV is every... more

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MOM IS 91. i am 61. Salesman sold us an addition*(sunroom) for mom. Company name is Comfort window...
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That's a tough situation. I think if the addition is $43,000 you should consider going to a local... more

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Hello, I'm an independent contractor. I have recently have had a lot of problems with a LLC that...
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It seems to me you need to see a social worker or psychiatrist and not a lawyer. Good luck. more

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A paid executor gets a percentage of an estate as a fee. In calculating this fee, is a 401k with a...
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Usually not. Only assets which pass through probate are used in calculating an executor's... more

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Document to convert existing trust to Special Needs Trust
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Need a new trust. more

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My landlord died before paying off his property.He left the unpaid property to his wife. She never...
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What do you want to sue for? I don't understand. more

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I listed my house with a local realtor earlier this summer. I am not pleased. I realize my chances...
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The way to obtain a list of the people the Realtor has show the house to is to ask for it. Good... more

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I own a 2bedroom duplex in Brooklyn ny, that has a hoa, about one and a half years ago the bricks...
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Yes you can sue them. Good luck. more

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If Mom puts her house in a medicaid trust, 1) does she need to change the names on the deed? Right...
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There are too many potential mine fields in this area of law for anyone to give you legal advice on... more

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I purchased a home with someone but my name is not on any paperwork what can i do legally
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This makes no sense. How did you "purchase a home" and you name is no where to be found... more

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Am a Clinical Social Worker in an LC partnership. Would like to severe the partnership. What...
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Way too complicated to be answered by email. Lots and lots of tasks to accomplish to dissolve a... more

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If a person how died & has no will has joint ownership of real property, does the other heirs...
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The phrase "joint ownership" can have more than one meaning. I wouldn't give anyone an... more

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My mother-in-law's NYS probate lawyer has spent 3years giving her excuses as to why her office...
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She can file a complaint. Search the internet for "how do I file a complaint against a lawyer... more

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I have a lease until 7/31 that is paid thru the ending of my lease. I moved out 7/5. Can the...
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Good question. I would tell the landlord if he's going to take possession of the apartment then... more

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The firm handling my sisters estate has all original documents of all her assests. Some of them...
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Don't give anyone the receipt and release until you are 100% satisfied you have been given all the... more

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When my sister in law passed away last year, she had her will but it wasn't signed. My children at...
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These facts are totally confused. There is no Will. This sounds like an Administration proceeding... more

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Why dosen't New York State RPL 226(c) go into effect until October 2019?
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Most of the time laws go into effect after they are signed into law to give people time to... more

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My brother used an invalid POA while our father was alive to add his name to our father's bank...
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The District Attorney isn't going to care about this. The Probate Court most certainly will;... more

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Have a person inheriting under a Will who is incarcerated in New York. Where does the money go?
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Just because someone is in jail doesn't mean they lose their rights to inheriting under a Will.... more

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In New York State. Family member died with no will. This person has no surviving direct family...
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I don't understand how you are related to the deceased family member. What "mother is the only... more

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My 92 year old mother in New York signed a contract with a real estate agent to list her home. She...
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Tread carefully here. Other than suffering emotional distress, mom hasn't really lost any money.... more

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Can a self-represented litigant (Pro Se) as a prevailing party - sign, file with the court and...
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It’s your responsibility to serve the notice of entry the court doesn’t do that. Good... more

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Dad died in Florence SC April 18.2017 I appointed his niece her lawyer presented my family this...
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It depends on if you already signed the renunciation and if dad named anyone as beneficiaries on... more

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2 checks were sent to my old home or record from my bank. My mom still lives there and I was aware...
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I don’t know how your mother managed to cash those checks by signing her name on the back and... more

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I have a 31 foot drive RV I cant drive or cant afford it after my husband passed I am 56 years old...
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Do you mean it’s a leased RV or there’s a loan on it? Is it in your name or your... more

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I live in Pennsylvania. My mother died in 2018 in NYC. My brother, the executor, did not notify me...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. Yes, as one of your mother's children, the... more

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A new house was built adjacent to my property, and 3 sides were graded for water to run off on to...
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Is the water flooding into your house or running onto forested land ? more

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Is there a statute in New York state that dictates how an attorney calculates his fee to probate an...
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No, there’s no state law on this issues. There is “case law” though, Which... more

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My father left 2 properties. One is going to auction and the other he co owned with my mom. They...
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This isn't a simple situation as you know and there's no way you can get legal advice on the... more

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Can I sue my landlord for moving costs? He is a drunk who scares me
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No. more

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Is the lawyer handling my aunts estate obligated to explain the final accounting to the...
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No. Neither the executor or the lawyer is obligated to spend time explaining the accounting to your... more

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Are there any laws, State or Federal, that are targeted strictly against men or at one specific...
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That’s not the type of question which is appropriate for this bulletin board. Is there... more

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My house is owned by my irrevocable living trust. The trust is owned by a Wyoming S Corporation...
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Who is potential creditor’s would you perhaps be referring to? Yours? Creditor protection is... more

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Under NY contract law, what is the effect of continued performance past expiration of a fixed-term...
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There is no contract at expiration. more

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Owner of the house that I am Renting to own has died. We were paying off her bank loan with our...
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Hopefully you had this put in writing by a lawyer. If so, it's enforceable against the estate. You... more

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I wrote a blog about my experience with a con artist who infected me with hiv. He sued me from hkg...
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You wrote on a public forum he committed a felony. That’s not a Constitutional free speech... more

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Owner-1 and Owner-2 are tenants-in-common. Owner-1 forged Owner-2's signature on a Power of...
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Yes I think the bank got the short end of the stick here and they don't have a lot of options. But... more

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In NYS can a business use another businesses license or does each business have to have their own...
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Maybe it's a subsidiary? more

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My sister was pursuing a lawsuit with regards to the death of my mother. She has since passed away....
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Was your sister pursuing the personal injury action in her capacity as administrator of your... more

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I believe I have inherited a family home owned by my deceased Uncle/Godfather. A friend of my...
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I don't understand. How do you not know if you own the house or not? You really need to see a... more

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CAN a trustee spy and haarass a beneficary Can a trustee request medical and meeyt with trustee...
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Definitely not! Good luck more

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The Home: Medicaid Rules in regards to Transfer rules.
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No way can you get this type of information by email. How much is your home worth? Maybe you should... more

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Hi attorney, im a lega lwife( second marriage) with 3 legal sibling with him living abroad my...
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Yes absolutely you should go to probate court. You will need a lawyer to help you; you cannot do... more

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My boyfriend, 70, and I ,50 moved in together. He got a VA mortgage loan and his name only on the...
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Have you considered getting married? You’ll have to call the folks at the veterans... more

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if person is on proprietary lease in a co-op with another person and she does not physically live...
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I think the federal Americans with Disabilities Act would overrule any terms of the lease; however... more

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i own a land and woodworking barn in New York state, Broome county. Apparently I did not pay 2017...
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There’s no way you’ll be able to solve your problems using free advice on the Internet.... more

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Can Prorated rent still be charged if the building was never lived in and the lease was not signed...
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A lease is a legal document; it’s a contract. If you signed a lease then each side is... more

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If someone gets inheritance and does not mingle it with the spouse, can it be taken to pay health...
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No. Don't fall for false statements of health care providers and their lawyers who tell you... more

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I am an account holder at PSFCU, a federal credit union, residing in Illinois. An individual...
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This situation is far too complicated to address in this forum. Good luck. more

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I live in New York. My name and wife's is on house deed. How can I sell with out her signature?
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I don’t know; my guess is that would be very difficult. Good luck. more

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Is it legal to charge a higher rent for a sublease of a COMMERCIAL property in NYC?
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Great question. That’s not my area if practice I hope you get an answer. Good luck. more

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What happens when my daughter is not on the deed of her husband's home in New York? They were...
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It’s very possible she has rights, yes, depending on the circumstances. Good luck. more

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I’m a executor of my dads account, however I hired a lawyer, who ripped me off can no longer...
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Unfortunately there’s no way in the world that anyone can help you with this situation by... more

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In our next Yonkers' co-op election we are trying to avoid questions about signature veracity on...
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In my experience the co-op boards always have a lawyer they turn to for these types of questions.... more

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My mother and I are listed on a mortgage for s property in NY and my spouse is listed as non vested...
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It's the deed to the property which controls ownership, not the mortgage, which is the loan. Your... more

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Hi, I am the administrator of an estate in Nassau NY. Two heirs are seniors, two are not. Is it...
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That’s a great question and I don’t know the answer. Call the tax office and ask them... more

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I am an employee of Citibank and also use Citibank for banking services. I received a call from the...
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If you haven't violated any laws, rules or policies it seems to me your employer being pro-active... more

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Can I sue if my relative died with money she acquired via fraud and it hurt me badly so much I have...
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I agree with the previous answer provided by attorney Wade. Good luck. more

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im an executive, I just signed a contract to sell this house, the closing is may 1,2019. I want out...
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You’re not giving enough facts regarding the situation. I can’t answer... more

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I was excited to buy a condo and was happy to sign a contract with 10% deposit in escrow account....
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You're in a tough spot all right. I'm not sure "the seller didn't tell me a jail was being... more

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I have a 100 year old aunt and I am the executor of her will. She lives in N.Y. and I reside in...
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The joint bank accounts will go to whomever is the co-owner along with your aunt. If there is no... more

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Hello, this is a probate matter; I am the beneficiary of a will and irrevocable trust that was...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your grandmother. That is not easy. As beneficiary of... more

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I need help filling out deed paperwork and tax forms can anyone help me I am a disabled vet with...
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Your best solution is to call the Bar Association of Erie County Volunteer Lawyers Project: 438... more

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before my mother passed is designated 10,000 for each of her children.The remainer250,000 she gave...
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What is your question? more

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After 10yrs , can sibling cry In NY. That undue influence was involved. I have 2. Jealous...
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If you have already been appointed as executor of your dad’s estate then you are in charge... more

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I have a rental property listed with the real estate, who got potential renters. The realtors are...
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I’ve never heard of a realtors commission structure like that. Ridiculous. Give the tenants a... more

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Nightmare landlord blasts his music all day and all night he’s a drunk I am looking for a new...
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No you can't sue the landlord for the costs of your move. Find a new place as soon as you can and... more

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Given the Justice Department’s policy, it seems unlikely that a President would be indicted...
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Unfortunately the answer to that question is above my pay grade. Good luck. more

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Can I own a company or business while keeping my identity and personal information private from the...
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Yes you can set up a business organization so that your personal identity is unknown to the general... more

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Thank you for your response. One last question: Once the DBA has been filed, can the new name be...
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You’ll have to go to the bank and add the DBA name to the account and then everything will be... more

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Can an incorporated church file for a DBA? “John Doe” is the founder and the senior...
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Yes the church is a corporation and can file a Certificate of Assumed Name ("doing business... more

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I was advised by my accountant in NY to legally abandon 2 lots in Arkansas for the tax credit b/c...
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Call the tax collector’s office they may be able to help. Good luck more

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I live in Nassau County my landlord all the sudden his room playing his music day and night so loud...
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Go to Family Court in Nassau County and fill out the paperwork and ask for a Temporary Restraining... more

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What is the door for the tenant is entitled to quiet enjoyment my landlord all the sudden if the...
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Call the police and make a complaint. more

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I live in another state far away from NY State. How do I open a estate bank account after being...
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Why do you need to open the bank account in New York? Open it at your local bank. more

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how binding is an unborn fetal "will" signed & orchestrated by a coma or life...
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I have no idea what you're talking about. more

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My mother died without a will. I have a younger sister who is challenging me. Who would be granted...
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I think the funeral home is going to give the ashes to whomever paid the bill. Please accept my... more

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I am a co executer and co beneficiary to my late parents estate. I asked the estate attorney who we...
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You need to be more forceful in requesting a breakdown of the $100,000.00 expenses. Since the... more

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realtor listed a house for 419, 000.00,,,that had to two appraisals, one for 350,000. for 345,000....
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Anyone can sue anyone else for anything in this country. So yes, the realtor can be sued. But for... more

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If I hand wrote my will on a piece of plain white paper and had it witnessed by 2 persons, will it...
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Maybe. New York has various requirements for a writing to be considered a valid last will and... more

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I owned a House jointly with another. Before she passed basement flooded causing $60K in damages....
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Yes it is part of her estate if the check was in her bank account. I don’t understand why the... more

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My sister holds my dad. She does not have guardianship but she claims he has parkinsons. My dad...
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I would advise you to see a lawyer to help you file a guardianship petition. Good luck. more

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If a real estate listing agreement is signed first by the listing agent and then transmitted to the...
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Yes. more

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In the state of New York when is the beneficiary of an estate provided an accountability of the...
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It depends on whether the beneficiary is receiving an amount set in the Will, like "I leave... more

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am co-administrator and co beneficiary to my late parents estate. We hired an attorney to assist us...
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You should go see the lawyer face to face and explain your frustration at not having a clear sense... more

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I have a question regarding a rental property I own located in Upstate NY. A while back, there was...
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If he has a month to month tenancy, why don't you just give him notice and get him out? In many... more

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how do I stop ny state from garnishing my wages … according to them in 2009 I owed them...
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You can't solve this problem with getting advice online. You have to go see a tax preparer and... more

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I am a co-founder in a company with 5 other partners. We all put in capital based on our %...
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15. You didn't get the 5% "for free." You contributed time and labor (sweat equity) in... more

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Can someone turn a trailer that was connect to your trailer, build a house from the trailer and...
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This is a very strange situation and I could not give an answer without speaking to you and... more

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Having problems paying my credit cards what happens if I stop paying them or how can I get out of...
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Consider speaking with a bankruptcy lawyer. more

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Last summer while visiting in a large Canadian city that we go to often, I found what looked like a...
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When you get to Canada, mail the bracelet to the city Police Department with a note explaining what... more

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My Father died as a resident of New York State. In his will, he left everything to his second wife,...
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Please accept my condolences on the death of your father. Yes, by signing the Waiver and Consent... more

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Do you have to report the loss on the sale of your co-op in NY on your tax return?
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Yes more

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how do i add members to my llc in new york city
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The procedures for adding members to your LLC are outlined in the LLC Operating Agreement. So while... more

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My sister died in July. What do I have to do to get legal possession of her car so I can sell it. I...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your sister. The executor or administrator of your... more

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Where should I incorporate my business as an LLC if I don't intend on opening an office or hiring...
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That’s a great question. There are so many variables to consider answering the question... more

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We own a commercial building in New York with a narrow right of way behind it. Can we legally park...
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Do you mean like use the narrow part as a permanent parking lot for your employees or loading... more

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I have a joint bank account with my mom who just recently went into a nursing home. how much of...
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Well with a joint account you're entitled to half the money. However since you mentioned that mom... more

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My Mom recently passed. I am one of five children. I am told that there is a clause in her will...
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That clause is probably not enforceable, no. Don’t fool around with this though; see a lawyer... more

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My elderly mother has a will with me as her only daughter as the custodian. My niece is watching...
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No I don't see any ethical violation here. Your mother is the client, not you or your niece. Call... more

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Can I sue a apt complex for sewage going all over my apt causing me to be homeless? We are two...
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Well of course you can go to court and have them take steps which they are legally required to do... more

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can a sibling stop me frm selling a house after 10yrs, when I have testamentary papers, now...
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If you are where granted Letters Testamentary than you're the executor of the decedent's estate and... more

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I would like to open up a juice bar turn bakery in my neighborhood ASAP. I would be looking to get...
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Congratulations on your decision to start a business. My recommendation is that you see an attorney... more

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I sold an established branded online business to a guy in Poland 1.5 yrs ago. I sold it through an...
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You’re asking why he’s going after you, and you also said he’s claiming you... more

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Hello: My husband and I are owners of the house in Westchester, NY. After our deaths I want to...
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Wow this is a very difficult situation. It is very it is going to be very difficult to accomplish... more

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I have owned and maintained a house and 1.03 acres I have mowed a relative square for 23 years. The...
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What is the "old established line?" What does the survey as to who owns this additional... more

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Best way to transfer my house to my children. I am 70 years old,
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The best way to transfer your home to your children depends on your particular circumstances and... more

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my aunt wrote me out a check and I didnt cash it and she passed away a few days later can I still...
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The bank has almost certainly locked your aunt's checking account and they won't pay on the check. more

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I’m rxecutrixxof my dad will dad passed in 2010, dealing with 2 siblings won’t let me...
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Yes, you can definitely sell the house however you will certainly need a lawyer to help you. I can... more

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Sister took all money from fathers estate My father passed in 2011 anyway to fight this
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Why did you wait 7 years to speak up? There's no way to tell whether you have any recourse without... more

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Hello, so a few years ago I paid world patent marketing about $7000 to help me with my invention....
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What do you mean "may be a scam?" What does your contract say? more

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who enforces the breaking of a land covenant? We want to run a small business out of our house.
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You need to provide more information in order to get advice which will help you. more

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Our father signed a POA to one of his sons who used it to change the ownership of our father's...
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The PoA wasn't used to record the deed so I don't think you have a leg to stand on with this... more

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What form do I need to put a home under contract, when wholesaling properties?
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If you're serious about your real estate ventures you'll need to have a good lawyer to advise you... more

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Can a motion for summary judgment be denied on the basis of the movant not having requested the...
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It's up to the judge in all cases The plaintiff will put in his papers and perhaps the plaintiff... more

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do I need to give my tenant letter to end a verbal rental agreement? there was no lease agreement...
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Tell him, and see what he says. If he says 'fine, I'll move," then no problem. If not then... more

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I've paid off the principal mortgage loan on my property. I have just the interest left to pay. The...
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It’s going to take them so long to go through the foreclosure process that you’ll be... more

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I'm excutrixx of my fathers will, i resid in a 2 family house, me and my 2 sibblings, the house is...
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If the will says you can sell the house I'm not sure what the problem is. Call me and I'll get this... more

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How can I open an small private private, family only investment fund similar to Buffett Associates...
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This is not the place to be looking for an answer to a question like that. The situation you are... more

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what does it mean when a judge says that he cannot hear an eviction on a rent with option case,...
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I would have to speak with you more about your situation to give a proper answer. more

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I am 65 yrs old, I have long term care insurance. My husband is 64 yrs old, with no long term care...
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These are all great questions and there’s no way you can get advice via email. You have to... more

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am I responsible for my sister's nursing home costs in New York
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Did you sign the contract with the nursing home agreeing to accept responsibility for your... more

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if you own a small business and the landlord want to sell the building what can you do? lease is...
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Start looking for another location. Good luck. more

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My Mom is beneficiary of her sister's estate . Can she request a copy of the retainer agreement...
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Please accept my condolences on the death of your aunt. Of course your mom can ask for a copy, but... more

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I have a friend whose roommate moved her elderly father in with them. Then the roommate took off on...
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Call an ambulance to take him to the hospital more

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I own a coop apartment. I pay monthly for a parking spot. I no longer have a car but continue to...
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Yes I agree I think they are taking advantage of you. Tell them you want to be paid for every day... more

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Type Your Question Here...Will white out on a legal form void the form? A lot of years ago, we...
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Yes of course there could be a problem. more

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I loaned a friend $20,000 for a downpayment and also co signed for them. I have the check in...
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No. It's too late for that. Obviously you already know you should have gotten the repayment terms... more

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gentlemen: two years ago I was taken into small claims court by a neighbor who claimed I cut down...
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Nothing. You could have presented your proof of the property line at the time the case was in front... more

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my husband passed away in 2006,in his will he puts our joint accounts to be divided by 6...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of you husband. I don't understand why you're asking this... more

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I am looking at a power of attorney drafted in 2001 which was years before the New York Legislature...
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Definitely not. The newer document controls. more

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my neighbor has sent us a letter yesterday telling us that he owns four to five feet in my front...
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Were you aware that he had the easement? Did he send you any proof? An easement means that he has... more

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I recently evicted a tenant and now have found massive damage to my property can I sue them?
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Sure more

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selling my summer home here in NY, bought the house 18 years ago for 68k did major work on the...
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Under the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations there are a lot of different rules which apply to... more

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I have a suicidal 24 year old child who has 2 children of their own. how can i protect her mental...
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This is an important and complicated situation. You have to see a lawyer face to face; this... more

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I live in a home that was bought by my parents about 70 years ago. My daughter has helped me...
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I don't understand who owns the house. You, or your parents? If your parents gave you the house... more

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Do I have any legal rights to my house after husband abandonment of house. Can I stop him from...
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You need to go to family court and file a petition explaining to the judge the reasons you feel... more

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Hi Ma'am/Sir, Please give me an advice, what if the board of directors decided and approved to...
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When you purchased your home in the community you agreed to abide by the rules of the association,... more

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I live in Brooklyn and still use Verizon’s landline for my home phone, that I’ve been...
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I advise you to drop this entire matter and get on with your life. Nothing will come of this.... more

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My father lived in California upon his death. He was re-married to a woman with 2 adult children...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. It seems unlikely as the decedent’s... more

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Hello, On an estate how long does the estate have to be held before distributio, once the executor...
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There's no easy and absolute answer to that question. There are no exact rules or regulations. Most... more

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in the case of mortage fraud if the lender cannot produce a contrat for the loan, what are the...
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I can't answer this question because I don't really understand what you are asking. What is... more

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If 6 people are willed specific money and then any and all remaining property, both real and...
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It seems to me what you’re written here is contradictory regarding distribution of the... more

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Have been renting month to month landlord sold building gave us a 30 eviction 8-28-18 . We found an...
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Yes I think he is cheating you. more

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I bid on a foreclosed property in an auction and cannot complete the sale. What are the...
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You’ll lose your deposit that’s all. more

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We have a sewer line that crosses three properties to connect to the city sewer line (this is the...
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This question is very complicated and you need to see a lawyer who specializes in this area. more

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I was recently denied a job at a local giant retail store do to because i was fired from the...
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No it’s not illegal. And you cannot sue anyone if you don’t get hired. Good luck. more

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What does a Surrogate Court Trust and Will Challenge docket look like? Is it called a Petition or...
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You’re way off base. No way can you get something like this done without a lawyer. Good luck. more

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I have 10 LLC's for 10 different pieces of Real Estate that my spouse and I own Jointly. Our...
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I think as the owner of ten properties you should hire a lawyer and accountant to get you... more

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Neighbor has been acting discriminatory and racist since I've claimed my property. Has been coming...
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There’s something else going on here I’m sure of it. I don’t have any advice for... more

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I have a will staying I can sell a 2 family house I’m the executrixx of my dads will...
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I can take the case. Call me on Monday. 212 979-2868 more

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My brother and I were left a CD by a deceased relative. The problem is that she listed our last...
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You're going to need a lawyer who agrees to take their fee out of the CD when it's collected. more

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Dad died left a 2 family house with 3 sibblings I’m the oldest and executrixx Of dads estate...
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Probably not. Sell the house and divide up the proceeds and move on with your life. more

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I have a recent will which my husband for got to sign but is witnessed.There is money in his...
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You're going to need a lawyer to help you with this. Good luck. more

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Deceased brother had an injury suit pending. as administrator i settled. attorney deposit check and...
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You're going to have to deposit the check into a bank account in the name of the estate, and to... more

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Can a realtor take pictures of the house without notifying the tenants...also I have a suspision my...
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Yes the realtor or anyone else can take a photograph of anything in the public view without getting... more

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My family listed a property with a realtor. A family member now wants to buy it. Do we have to use...
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I can't answer that question without seeing the agreement you signed with the realtor. more

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I am a freelancer who has an ongoing gig. The contract is for a weekly rate. During the week of...
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Difficult to say because I can’t see the entire contract and the paragraph about the... more

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Has the use of proxies by Board members of not-for-profit organizations been restricted in NY?
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That's a pretty technical question. I doubt you'll get an answer in this forum, but maybe. Good... more

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A family of 5 siblings has their deceased parents' home in a trust. 2 of the siblings would like to...
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No. Since you're asking the question about "what paperwork needs to be involved," then... more

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In a New York Surrogate's Court Section 1404 Deposition, Are Questions OTHER THAN The Facts And...
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Yes. more

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Succession Rights I live in NYC, in a rent controlled apartment. The original lease (dated 1968) is...
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As you already know this is a very important situation and you need to hire a lawyer and not rely... more

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The lawyer handling my aunt's estate said that my MOM (a beneficiary of said estate) will receive a...
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A "small" accounting is called an "informal accounting" and that's an itemized... more

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I have an elderly grandmother that might pass away sooner than the family would lke her too. She...
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Almost certainly the apartment is lost. But maybe not if you can play the succession rights law the... more

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can two people have a dba and then one signs his name off and not the other? then put it in his...
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It depends what is being signed. Two people working together in a business is called a partnership.... more

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A building and ramp completely blocks my direct front ocean view. Will the assessed value of my...
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No. more

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Before my mother passed away, my sister had a Quit Claim Deed drawn up regarding my mother's house....
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The language that your sister has in the Quit Claim Deed was almost certainly NOT done by a lawyer.... more

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If I have a outstanding debt and I receive a large sum of money through a property sale and the...
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Yes. The tax consequences of the sale don't have anything to do with the fact you have to give them... more

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I have the deed to my house in Ogdensburg Ny 13669 and I'm having a hard time understanding the...
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Yes you can find a surveyor who will look at the deed and mark out your property boundaries so you... more

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I live on the lower part of a hill The rain runs down the hill into my backyard and to house's...
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Well in the United States anyone can sue anyone else for anything; however that doesn’t mean... more

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What is exemplary copy of a person's estate. Is it just a Xerox copy of a will
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No it’s not just a photocopy. Exemplified copies of documents in Surrogate’s court... more

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What are the laws governing bundling of merchandise for sale in New York State? Magazines were in...
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I don't understand what you're talking about. Can't help you with this. Good luck. more

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Regulations and laws for sober living in NY I am trying to find information about requirements and...
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Try Articles 19 and 32 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law. Start here... more

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after closing of sister's estate a wrongful death settlement has been awarded to same estate in ny...
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Can you be more specific about "closing your sister's estate?" Something doesn't sound... more

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My cousin died in November 2016. A 90-year-old aunt and I are his only surviving blood relatives....
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You need to go see a lawyer and get face to face advice. This is a very important matter with... more

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I'm a freelance designer, sole proprietor. My legal last name is hyphenated (ex. John Smith-Doe)....
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Doing business that way is going to cause you headaches down the road. Can't predict exactly how,... more

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I’m executrixx of my dad. Estate. Also Wanted to know can I hire a lawyer To sell my 2 family...
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Call me Monday afternoon. 212 979-2868 more

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Im executrixx of dads wii, and i ha e. 2 si blings. Who live in a 2 family house, i also have...
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Yes as Executor you can sell the house without the permission of your siblings. However you will... more

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I have lifetime rights to a piece of property. May I put a double wide trailer on it?
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It depends on the town zoning laws. Go there and ask. more

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Thirty four years ago I submitted plans to build my new home in Putnam county N.Y. About the same...
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Are you kidding? No, you can't sue the town because your neighbor's house isn't as nice as yours. more

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What is the purpose of putting your adult children on the home owners insurance?
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Never heard of this. more

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I am selling a house and on the survey my fence is encroaching on City property by 4.5 feet. I am...
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Move the fence. more

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my husband died in ct 2years ago we had no will second marriage son had will from 1977 from...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. Please resubmit your question using... more

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I am the gm of a small mfging corp,the owner would like for me to run it but has 40yo son who is...
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Yes, of course. more

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DOES PERSON WHOM SIGNED PROPRIETARY LEASE HAVE TO LIVE IN SAID CO-OP UNIT IN ORDER TO HAVE A...
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THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT MOST LIKELY CONTROLS IN THIS SITUATION AND THAT'S A VERY... more

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Regarding my earlier question: Where are ITF/POD CD & savings accounts listed on Queens Count,...
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The purpose of the form is so the court can determine whether the correct filing fee was paid,... more

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Where are ITF/POD CD & savings accounts listed on Queens Count, NY Estate Administration...
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Put it as non-probate assets on the line for 'other' or write in "bank accounts payable to... more

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What is the Queens, NY Asset Inventory for NY Estate Administration asking regarding Powers of...
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If you don't know then the answer is "no". more

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What type of legal documents allows a minor to be put on a deed and have an ownership interest in a...
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You have not received any answers because there is no such document as you are looking for. It... more

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I have a DBA. I have been paying commission to someone for a few years for the use of her Facebook...
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It's not always necessary that a contract be in writing. It's unclear what you guys agreed to in... more

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I had to file for guardianship for my mother because she appointed 2 old woman as her health care...
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No you are not responsible for the rest of the lawyer's bill. more

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my father passed in 2011...im the executrix o dads will. the lawyer I hired cheated me out of a lot...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. It's unfortunate that you've had a hard... more

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how do you revoke life use? person is now in nursing home
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You'd need a new deed where the person is giving their life estate interest over to the owner. So... more

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Landlord has started eviction proceedings due to back rent being owed but refuses to accept it
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You’ll have to talk to the housing court judge. You should get a lawyer. more

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can any other family member other than a spouse or child be responsible for medicaid penalties
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I don’t know what you mean by “Medicaid penalties“. In any event, this is not an... more

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a bank sends you a letter telling you you have until a cretin date to pay a bill then before that...
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Unfortunately I don't really know what you can do about that. Sorry. more

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Hi, my grandmother is in a nursing home, we were told not to touch the money in her saving account....
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Tell them your sister emptied out the account. more

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how do I file an partition action and is there any free or cheap laywer out there that can help me
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Do you have anything to trade in exchange for legal services? Maybe a car or boat? Can you perform... more

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If someone has a will and he leaves everything to people of no relation to him, but he has a next...
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No. more

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I am a senior citizen, and I am still paying my mortgage and receive the enhanced star for school...
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No I don't think so. But you should call the tax collector in your town and ask them. more

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what do you do about neighbor harassment ?I am a senior citezin that is widowed and living in the...
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You might want to try going to Family Court and asking the judge for an emergency Temporary Order... more

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do telephone buried cables adjacent to NY rural town roads usually delineate where the road width...
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No you can't rely on the location of the buried cables for any property boundary issues. more

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i started a business with an (now old) friend. only worked 5 weeks with him. all money we collected...
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Claim at what? I don't understand what you are asking. more

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How is cost basis determined when an inherited stock first transfers to decedent's estate then to...
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That's a great question and some more questions need to be asked about the transaction. That being... more

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Can the executor of an estate cash in my 50% of stocks if I am a named beneficiary and all debts...
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My husband's mother passed away and she didn't have a will. She was married to my husband's step...
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Your husband's mom and step-dad may have had their accounts and house in joint name so all jointly... more

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Follow-up question to the issue of the amount of time that one co-heir to my house can have to pay...
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Yes. more

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Question about a NY will, concerning a property in MA. There are two joint co-heirs. If one heir...
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No there’s no time limit between the two heirs as long as they both agree, and no one else... more

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Hi, can you please send me a legal letter of dissolution of my partnership from a corporation.
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What you’re asking for is beyond the scope of the advice available from this website. more

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Hello, I have spent the last 8-years being administrator for my father's estate NY, where both of...
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No law requires you to take responsibility for anyone else’s affairs after they die. Even if... more


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