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Q: My friend signed a quitclaim deed to her husband in case they were to get divorced. Last year, he unexpectedly died due to a heart attack and other complications. Does the quitclaim deed still hold? If it does, the title to the house is in his name only. He was a poor money manager, and she did not want to incur his debts, so even filing taxes were separate.

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Former President Donald Trump has appealed a New York judge’s decision to hold him in contempt of court and fine him $10,000 per day for failing to adequately respond to a subpoena issued in the state attorney general’s civil investigation into his business dealings. Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, filed a notice of appeal Wednesday with the appellate division of the state’s trial court, making good on her pledge to challenge Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron’s ruling, issued Monday. New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, had asked the court to hold Trump in contempt after he failed to produce any documents to satisfy a March 31 court-imposed deadline to meet the terms of the subpoena.

Dear Heloise: Fourteen years ago my husband and I adopted a boy, age 10 at the time, and he has been the greatest joy of our lives. I know mos…

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Q: I am in somewhat of a similar situation as the article you wrote about a new owner raising the rent on their existing tenant. In my case, the owner of my apartment died, and their daughter is now selling the building in which we live. We’ve had a few showings, and it looks like some of the interested buyers want to buy the building and tear it down.

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Q: I have an elderly sister in Pennsylvania who owns her home. It is worth around $70,000. She’s in poor health, and my younger sister is named in the will as beneficiary to that house. Is there any way for my younger sister to avoid federal and/or state taxes as she inherits the house?

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