Volume 4 Number 1




Title Tips by Tute

Volume 4, Number 1

How did that go again?

(With apologies to the original author, whose copyright (if any) was not reported when this piece of doggerel was reprinted on the Internet.) 

Tute is acutely aware of having a warped personality. Nothing brought that home so vividly as Tute's reaction upon seeing this verse. Only Tute could see this and wonder what the intestate succession results would be.

Many many years ago
When I was twenty three,
I got married to a widow 
Who was pretty as could be.
For if he was my uncle,
Then that also made him brother
To the widow's grown-up daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother.
This widow had a grown-up daughter
Who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
And soon the two were wed.
Father's wife then had a son,
Who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandson,
For he was my daughter's son.
This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life.
My daughter was my mother,
For she was my father's wife.
My wife is now my mother's mother
And it makes me blue.
Because, although she is my wife,
She's my grandmother too.
To complicate the matters worse,
Although it brought me joy,
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy.
If my wife is my grandmother,
Then I am her grandchild.
And every time I think of it,
It simply drives me wild.
My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad.
And so became my uncle,
Though it made me very sad.
For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw.
As the husband of my grandmother,
I am my own grandpa!

Well, what do you think? If this poor perplexed man were to die intestate, who would inherit his real estate?


Dear Esteemed Readers:

    As this is prepared, it is once again that very special time of the year. Each April we survey, weigh, measure and gauge the helpful, profitable, salutary and beneficial contributions our Federal, State, Regional, District and Local Governments make in our lives, and give, grant, donate and contribute a commensurate, equivalent, proportionate and comparable piece, part, moiety and fraction of our annual incomes, graciously, voluntarily, and with great feelings of benevolence, kindness, altruism and charity toward our fellow man, woman, child, siblings, clan, tribe, community, society, region, state, and nation. Oh, how our cup runneth over.

    Tute would like to take this time to remind all the unsung heroes and heroines of the record room that the statute of limitations for enforcement of a Notice of Tax Lien filed by the federal government is generally ten years. (There are some special recapture provisions that go out to fifteen years.) The statute of limitations for enforcement of the Virginia Department of Taxation Notice of Tax Lien is the same as for judgments, 20 years. If you are examining the title to property for purposes of foreclosure, and discover an IRS Notice of Tax Lien, you must report it, so the foreclosing trustee can send the required notices to the IRS. If your examination of a foreclosure property indicates that an IRS Notice of Lien was filed more than 20 days before the sale, even if it was docketed after the deed of trust was recorded, and the Trustee's deed and accounting don't mention notice to the IRS, ask more questions. Notice was required, and the IRS right of redemption does not start to run until they receive the notice.

    May the Force be with you.



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