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Kafka v. Hess
Citation:United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2017. NO. JKB-16-1757, 2017. WL 2439142.
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George Kafka’s (Plaintiff) mother deeded him her house in 2010. Upon his mother’s death, plaintiff’s aunt, Gladys Hess (Defendant) tried to sell the house, even though she knew it had been deeded to plaintiff. When plaintiff went to his mother’s funeral, he noticed that many of the valuable in her home had disappeared, and defendant asked him to leave. Plaintiff said he was unsure of his rights so he decided to stay away from defendant. Plaintiff later tried to sell the house to prospective buyers, but a second deed recorded in 2011 made the title uninsurable. The second deed purported to transfer the house to defendant, contingent on plaintiff’s mother not exercising a reserved right of disposition during her lifetime. Plaintiff received a letter from defendant’s attorney stating that she was entitled to 50% of the net proceeds from the sale of the property because she spent significant time and money maintaining the house and preparing it for sale.
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