Posted by Soapymac on January 23, 1999 at 19:45:25:
" 1) Seller has title, but it needs to be signed off by previous owner who is now deceased. Widow is willing to do this.He has e-mailed but she has not responded."
Rhonda, I remember this part from my days as an insurance broker. IF (big word) the title is in the neame of her deceased husband, the only way she can sign off on that title is to be either the executrix of the man’s will, or it can be shown by either a will or a probate court order if he died intestate (without a will) that she is the beneficiary of that MH.
In any event, you should protect yourself in any one of three ways (the more you have, the better):
Your sales agreement should specifically provide that you receive good and clear title. (This should be a mandatory clause in your sales agreement anyway.)
Go to the titling authority (in MA that’s the Registry of Motor Vehicles), pose the situation to them, and ask them what you need to show them to prove that you have clear title.
Talk with your attorney and ask him what documents you need from the widow to show that she has the power to sign for her deceased husband.
If you want to contact me, take the word “nospam” out of my e-mail address.
Hope this helps.