Legal Question in Real Estate Law in New York

My ex husband passed away. He had remarried. When we were married we jointly owned a two family house. The divorce papers stated that I would sign over my half of the house in exchange for him paying me either $5000.00 or would pay me the rent from both apartments as long as he owned it. I had not received anything but was content in knowing that the back taxes were paid and that my name was off of the property. Now I found out that according to the deed currently recorded in our county, my name is listed on the deed. Am I entitled to anything from the proceeds of the house or do I have any responsibilities as far as the house is concerned or does this go to his wife as part of the estate?

Asked on 3/15/13, 2:50 pm

5 Answers from Attorneys

Thomas Sirianni The Law Office of Thomas A. Sirianni

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Answered on 3/15/13, 2:58 pm
David Slater David P. Slater, Esq.

If your name is on the title, you are an owner.

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Answered on 3/15/13, 3:04 pm
Kevin Connolly Kevin J. Connolly

Looks like you own either the whole house or half of it. You may be entitled to rent from wife2.0. Lots of rent :-)

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Answered on 3/15/13, 3:22 pm
Arnold Nager Arnold H. Nager, Esquire

If you owned the house jointly, you inherit his share upon his death.

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Answered on 3/15/13, 5:25 pm
Walter LeVine Walter D. LeVine, Esq.

I agree with the other authors, although the Divorce documents must also be considered, so you should have a local real estate attorney assist you in making your claim.

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Answered on 3/16/13, 10:03 am

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