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Godfather of Soul–Family Feud over James Brown estate

Godfather of Soul–Family Feud over James Brown estate

By Jennifer Felten In 2006, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, passed away. The very next day a public feud began when his purported wife, Tomi Rae Hynie, returned to the family estate only to find padlocks on the gates and security personnel guarding the property. The validity of Hynie’s marriage to Brown, and the […]

Beauty is in the eye of the behold, even if it’s a melting house…seriously?

Beauty is in the eye of the behold, even if it’s a melting house…seriously?

By Jennifer Felton An artist in London has generated a lot of attention by building a two story house in the middle of town that is slowly melting away. Erected as part of the art exhibit known as the Merge Festival, the house went up at the end of September and has been slowing melting […]

Family Claims to Have Been Tricked into Buying House Full of Poisonous Spiders

Family Claims to Have Been Tricked into Buying House Full of Poisonous Spiders

By Jennifer Felten “It was shortly after we moved in they started bleeding out of the walls,” recalls Brian Trost, the father of a family whose dream home turned into a nightmare. The “they” he is referring to are brown recluse spiders, a type of spider that is considered highly dangerous as their venom can […]

Employee convicted in short-sale scheme after bilking Bank of America for 5.7 million

Employee convicted in short-sale scheme after bilking Bank of America for 5.7 million

By Jennifer Felten A former Bank of America employee has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to taking more than $1.2 million in bribes to approve artificially low-price short sales of properties on which the bank held mortgages. In addition to the prison term, Kevin Lauricella was ordered to pay […]

Landlord failed to disclose prior tenant was suspected serial killer

Landlord failed to disclose prior tenant was suspected serial killer

By Jennifer Felten Landlord’s Failure to Disclose Prior Events at a Property may Give Tenant Grounds to Terminate their Tenancy Disclosure, or the lack thereof, in residential real estate transactions is the source of the vast majority of disputes arising from such transactions. Unlike other areas of the law where the concept of caveat emptor […]

Real Estate News: Landlord-Tenant–Returning all rental fees for a clerical error?

Real Estate News: Landlord-Tenant–Returning all rental fees for a clerical error?

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Ms. Felten as a contributing columnist at Citizen’s Journal.  We will be bringing you the “Real News” with tips and discussion of real estate law.  By Jennifer Felten Case: Lyles v. Sangadeo-Patel The question presented by this case was whether a tenant is entitled to a refund of rental […]

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