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Life estate requires maintenance (access required)

Mother died April 9, and her will provides a life estate for me. My sister is the executor of the estate, which isn't large. If I move – or don't maintain the house – the proceeds are to be divided three ways, between me, my sister and my deceased brother's family.

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Deceased father’s partners freeze son out (access required)

I inherited eight pieces of property that include vacant lots and two houses. I co-own them with nine people who grew up with my deceased father. While I was originally acknowledged as a co-owner after my father's death in 2000, the group does not keep me informed of any activities, and I do not share in the thousands of dollars they make renting the lots out.

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Check policy for title insurance coverage (access required)

Title insurance is different from other insurance policies. Your auto or home insurance policy protects you from events that may occur in the future – a car accident or a tree falling on your house. Title insurance, on the other hand, protects you for matters that may have occurred in the past – a wife or husband did not sign a deed years ago, or an unreleased mortgage.

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Condo owner wants youngins evicted (access required)

You have the right to demand – from either or both the board or the property manager – the number of units that are currently occupied by over-55 residents. It is my understanding that HUD has enacted rules requiring verification, and this information cannot be classified and withheld from you.

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Guardrail shields homeowners’ lake view (access required)

Earlier this year we built our retirement home in a newer community which has a small lake as its focal point. A few months after we moved in, the homeowners association said the contractor had to install a guardrail on the lake side of the access road.We feel we were deceived as the guardrail blocks the view of the lake from our patio, which was a big selling point.

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