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QI am in a big fight with my former real estate agentI had my property listed with her for about six months last yearI received no offersI took the house off the market in December and told her I no longer required her services. A short time later, a couple that saw the house while it was listed contacted meWe quickly came to a sales agreementTheir attorney prepared a contract that I signed and we closed a few weeks ago. dhGlobalObj.showAd( { 'slug':'Billboard2' } ); My former real estate agent has contacted me claiming I owe her a commissionShe claims that under the terms of the listing agreement, the commission is due because the buyers originally saw the house while it was listedI spoke to my buyers and they tell me they were just looking when they first saw the house and didn't become serious about buying until shortly before they made their offer. Do you think I owe her a commission and what will happen if I refuse to pay her? AI cannot answer whether or not a commission is due without reviewing your listing agreementI can tell you a common provision in listing agreements is that if the property is sold to anyone within a specific period of time after termination of the listing contract, and the buyer originally came in contact with the property during the listing period, a commission is owed. I would suggest having an attorney review your listing agreement to determine the strength of the real estate agent's claimAs for what may occur if you don't pay her, her options would be to walk away or file a lawsuit against youI would imagine that decision would depend on the amount of the potential commissionIf we're talking about a $2 million property, it's likely you will find yourself in courtIf it's a $60,000 condo, maybe not. QMy dad had two children, me and a daughter with his second wifeMy half-sister doesn't live far from me and we speak occasionallyShe has no husband or children or other brothers or sisters; however, her mother is still alive. She (my half-sister) is very ill and is not expected to live much longerI am curious if I have any rights in her estateShe has owned her house for many years and I'm pretty sure the house is paid offI have had numerous medical issues over the past few years and could really use a few bucks to pay some bills. APresuming the property is in Illinois, section 2-1 of the Illinois Probate Act may applyThis section provides that half-brothers/half-sisters inherit as if they were full brothers or sistersThis section is only relevant, however, if your sister does not have a will or trust or has not otherwise made provisions for the propertyIf the property is owned in joint tenancy by your sister and her mom, for example, the property will pass to her mom upon sister's deathIf she leaves the property to charity in her will or in a trust agreement, that bequest will prevail. • Send your questions to attorney Tom Resnick, 345 NQuentin Road, Palatine, IL 60067, by email to or call (847) 359-8983. try { _402_Show(); } catch(e) {} Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); --> This article filed under: Life & Entertainment Real Estate Resnick, Tom dhGlobalObj.showAd( { 'sizes':[ 300, 250 ], 'pos':'btf', 'module':'article-end' } ); Article Comments () Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacksPeople who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment boxTo find our more, read our FAQ. dhGlobalObj.showAd( { 'slug':'Billboard1' } ); dhGlobalObj.showAd( { 'slug':'ArticleTower' } ); (function() { if ( document.documentElement.clientWidth

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