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My Attorney Is Refusing To Give Me My Title Search?
I Am In Middle Of Prchasing A House, I Just Spoke With My Attirney They Got All The Title Searches. I Asked Them To Send Me The Title Search And They Told Me There Is No Point And Their Policy States That They Dont Send The Search To Client.
My Question: Is This Normal?
You should get clear title at closing followed by title insurance documents a few weeks later after closing. Your attorney is probably not being rude because you have no need for this until closing. There is so much that can go wrong before closing. I could give you a long list just out of my experience!
Minnesota Probate And Investment Property?
My Mother Passed Away In February 2010 After Suffering A Brain Aneurysm November 1, 2009, She Never Regained Consciousness. She Owned An Investment Property And No One Made Payments On It After She Went Into The Hospital (5 Months Behind), Now The Lender Is Threatening Foreclosure, There'S A Scheduled Sheriff'S Sale For May 6, 2010. My Sister Has Been Named The Personal Representative, With About 25K In My Mom'S Checking Account She Has The Following Debts:
4K Credit Card
8K Investment Property Back Payments (Purchase Price 3 Years Ago 184K, Today'S Value 160K Mortgage Amount 168K) No Rental Income As Another Family Member Lives There And Doesn'T Have The Ability To Pay.
Her Payments On Her Primary Residence (First Mortgage Of 110K And Line Of Credit Of 20K - House Value 160K) Have Been Made By My Sister Since She Was Hospitalized Using My Mom'S Money - Along With All Utilities.
How Does Probate Work When There Are Back Payments On An Investment Property? I Want My Sister To Make The Back Payments Using The Estate'S Money And Then I'Ll Continue To Make The Payments Going Forward To Keep The Other Family Member In The House, But The Problem Is My Sister Doesn'T Want/Think That The Estate Needs To Make The Back Payments. I Told Her (With My Very Limited Knowledge) That The Probate Process Is Going To Force The Estate To Make The Back Payments Anyway, So Make Them Now To Save Any Further Fees/Penalties (Right Now There Are $2,000 In Fees Included In The $8,000 Back Payments)
What I'M Looking For Is Some 'Proof' To Show Her That The Estate Is Responsible For Those Payments So She'Ll Make Them. I'M Afraid That The Probate Process Is Going To Take Too Long And The Sheriff'S Sale Is Going To Happen May 6, 2010.
any decent probate lawyer can explain to her she will either make the payments on the investment property, or let it go to foreclosure and be fiscally responsible for any losses the estate incurrs. As long as she can justify the decision from a financial risk position, that's her job and decision to make. The probate process will not "force" her to do anything but make sure at the end of the day, all debt is paid. all assets are distributed according to the terms of the will, and all probate closing requirements have been met.
Common sense is to pay the investment property current unless it is significantly underwater in value and sell it vs. losing to foreclosure. 8K underwater could be reason enough to let it go to foreclosure. That's the job of the executor to determine and make those decisions. Why pay 8 k to make a mortgage current that is another 8k underwater?
IN addition, you can't just help yourself to the investment property. Even if it is paid current; there is a mortgage on it with a dead person? That's going to have to be paid off; and the estate might be able to sell it to you and you might be able to arrange a mortgage; but that's all part of the probate process.
Starting A Solo Law Firm?
I'M A Recent Law School Graduate. I Attended Cuny School Of Law In Nyc. I Flunked The Ny Bar Twice (February And July 2014). I Took The Nj Bar In February 2015 And Flunked. I Passed The July 2015 Nj Bar Exam By The Skin Of My Teeth.
I'M Currently Doing Pro Bono Work At A Legal Aid Organization In Newark, Nj. Although I Like Helping Clients Get Expungements And Giving Them A Second Chance In Life, I Really Need To Make Money. I Owe Over $100,000 In Student Loans. Furthermore, Traveling From Nyc, Where I Still Live, To Newark Is Expensive.
I'M Having Problems Finding A Paying Job Since I Don'T Have Experience (I'M Perplexed As To How Can You Gain Experience If No One Will Give You A Job). I'M Thinking About Starting My Own Solo Practice. I Want To Practice In Criminal Law. However, I Don'T Have Any Money And I'M Not Familiar With The Actual Logistics Of Practicing Law (I.E. Submitting Forms To The Judge).
Please, Helpful Advice Only.
Your problem is that the deadly combo of your poorly ranked law school and struggles with the bar have made you a less than attractive hire. If you got a decent class ranking, consider a less fashionable area of law like immigration.
You will not get any business if you open a solo practice without training at a proper law firm. You will quietly starve. Moreover criminal law (which is the least well paid of any branch of law) requires internships. The usual track is to intern with a judge and then join the prosecutor's office once you pass the bar.
After five years you can switch to defence although of course few criminals have the money to pay for their own representation so you are likely to be a public defender with terrible hours; working nights and weekends.
Move to NJ if you want to save money. You might want to consider some other jobs, law school is a great training for all kinds of work.
Paralegal Program : Legal Research Class..?
How Hard Of A Class Is This? I Have A Newborn Baby And I'M Wondering If I Should Just Put It Off Until Next Semster?? Your Ideas? Thanks :)
Legal research is not that difficult. The instructor should teach you how to do legal research online (using Westlaw or Lexis) as well as teach you how to use books to do the legal research.
Depending on the instructor, he/she may also take you to the local law library so you can get some practical experience.
What Is The Next Step To Become A Paralegal In Criminal Law?
I Already Possess A College Degree In Criminal Justice. I Prefer The Legal Aspect Versus Law Enforcement. I Am Very Interested In Becoming A Paralegal More Specifically, In Dealing With Criminal Law. I Currently Live In The State Of Virginia. I Know All States Vary In Certification Rules. I Would Love To Eventually Find Myself In This Career In The State Of New Jersey, So Even If I Have To Begin In Virginia At Least It's A Start. Does Anyone Have Information On This? Any Serious Input Is Greatly Appreciated.
I am in NJ, and I just started a paralegal certification program (I already have a BA). I am not yet familiar with the different areas of law, but I may be able to help you a bit.
First, there is no certification requirement here. BUT, you really should consider getting a certificate. You can do what I am, which is attending a community college. The BA was required to enroll, and they also have an Associate's program. There are several people in my class who are already working in law firms and all of them want the cert. to either move up or have more job options.
You want an ABA-approved school-really important.
The thing you should be aware of is that you have to have experience to become a paralegal, even if you have had the schooling. That is why I am trying to find an entry-level law firm job now. If I do not, I will still have an internship, which will help me get started. Every ad I see wants experience. So, you will have to start out in an entry-level job, unless you can get into a very small firm that is willing to train you. I knew this going in, but I am hopeful it will work out. There are paralegal jobs here, that is for sure. Having a college degree will put us ahead of those who do not, because the employers are starting to ask for that, as well as the cert. You want to be as marketable as possible.
I have seen quite a few ads for criminal law firms and all seem to want at least 2 years of experience. If you can find a job now, even if it is filing, that will help you.
You may want to try to find a job now and maybe start school in NJ when you get here. I am not sure it will be a big difference, as long as it is an ABA-approved school.
My school will take 2 years going pt at night. It is going to cost about 5K.
I hoped I helped a bit.
Getting Paid After Divorce Without Custody?
I Know That Was A Weird Title, But Didnt Know How To Quite Word It. Is It True That Someone Could Have Custody Of The Kids, But Still Have To Pay Their Spouse. If So How Often Does The Woman Have To Pay The Man. Also As A General Question; Why Should Anyone Who Has Custody Ever Have To Pay The Spouse That Doesnt Even Have To Take Care Of The Kids? Thats Totally Ridiculous If This Can Happen.
The term you are looking for is rebuttable presumption. I knew of a man who got custody of his 2 kids, he made about 125K a year. When the divorce was final mom made nothing but by the fathers own admission was a good mom so they got joint custody with him having the primary. He was ordered to pay her child support so that she could maintain a place to live for the children when they where with her. It is VERY rare that this ever happens, but it has happened when one spouse makes a lot of money and the other one doesn't.
Now for general child support the woman is ordered to pay the man in about 20% of cases, and of those 205 only about 20% actually pay.