Edith Lank / Home & Consumer

House Calls; After Recent Loss

Dear Edith Lank: My wife passed away Oct. 24, 2014. Do I need to change the deed? Whom do I contact and where do I do this? Are there time restrictions on when this needs to be accomplished? Do I need a lawyer? As you can readily see, I am totally...

House Calls: Lease Survives the Sale

Dear Ms. Lank: In 1999, I signed a lease and put down an $800 security deposit. I continued to renew it and in 2011 I signed a six-year lease, which clearly states "the tenant has deposited the sum of $800 prepaid with the landlord for the ...

House Calls: How It Came Out

A few weeks ago I heard from a woman who was concerned about the ownership of her husband's house after his earlier divorce. I told her that deeds were filed in her county's public records, and although I didn't know where she was located, she ...