If the seller’s attorney forgot to include the heating oil and propane in the closing, do I need to pay them?

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If the seller’s attorney forgot to include the heating oil and propane in the closing, do I need to pay them?

I just closed on my home and received an e-mail from the seller’s attorney that said.

Asked on July 24, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

No, you don't need to pay: at closing, you were given a final cost for the home and if you paid it (as you evidently did), the seller cannot come back to say "Wait: you actually owe more...." The closing concluded the transaction. The seller needs to absorb the loss or else sue his/her attorney if the attorney's carelessness cost him/her money (and he/she thinks its worthwhile to do so).

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