It depends on what you're doing. No you do not need a lawyer to buy a short sale or sell a short sale. NH does have a law called 479:B in which only certain individuals ARE EXEMPT from submitting particular paperwork to a homeowner when they negotiate a short sale. One of the exempt individuals is a lawyer. It can be a real estate agent, mortgage broker, etc. I encourage you to look up the law to see who is exempt. If you are not one of the exempt professions, then you need additional papework added to your short sale negotiation paperwork.
You do not need a lawyer, bottom line, but it certainly doesn't hurt depending on what you're doing.... more
Its complicated iwtha jailed tennat. Does he have a lease or a tenancy at will? If he has alease the new owner has to honor that and if not you may have to store his belongings. Consult a legal professional and do NOT touch security deoposits... more
I agree with Heidi, you need to consult an attorney. If they're not paying rent then you might have an abandonment issue or what's called wastage of the property. Only an attorney can give you legal advice on how best to proceed. Bring them your rental agreement. As friends, family, colleagues for the name of an experienced attorney they've used recently & been happy with. Most will consult with you for free initially.