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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for California on
Q: Mom passed away, no will, im the only child. She owns no real estate (was living in an apartment building owned by

my grandmother). Am i entitled to all her personal property? A house full of stuff & storage units.

My aunt & uncle are changing locks, telling me im not allowed over & threatening to have me arrested if i do. Can they do this, change locks & not allow me my mothers... Read more »

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Howard E. Kane answered on Nov 12, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Assuming no will is located, then the laws of intestate succession in California dictate that you are her only heir, and you are entitled to her property. If your relatives are making this difficult, then a probate case may need to be opened... Read more »

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Q: My mom passed away three months ago and I cannot find a wheel the lawyers out of his how do I find the copy of the will

I have power of attorney before she died. Her knee I think I still have it how do I find out if it carries on after death

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Howard E. Kane answered on Nov 11, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Unfortunately, the Power of Attorney expired upon her passing. However, there are a variety of methods that can be used to settle her estate, depending on how much the estate was worth. For instance, if your mom owned real estate and had a... Read more »

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Q: What are my rights being the oldest son of a legal marriage that protect me from my younger halve brother taking father

Taking my father's assets He was born out of wedlock to my dad's lover

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Nov 2, 2021

Absent an estate plan that states otherwise, a child born out of wedlock in California is still entitled to inheritance. It is important to encourage our parents to hire an experienced estate planning attorney so that their wishes can be properly spelled out.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for California on
Q: Should we re-submit a Residential Purchase Agreement per escrow's suggestion?

We made an offer on a probate sale property using Probate Purchase Agreement (PPA) form and was accepted. However, it required court's approval. The original PPA offer was signed by two sellers (siblings) as they're administrators. The court order was recently approved and the estate is... Read more »

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Howard E. Kane answered on Nov 1, 2021

Hi Toni,

If the property is part of a probate estate, then the Probate Purchase Agreement (PPA) should be used. Since the PPA has been signed by the administrators, then beneficiaries have 15 days to object to the sale which is the shortest route to getting the sale completed. Some...
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Q: My mother never received her inheritance before she passed away. How do I make a claim towards her inheritance?

My grandfather passed away at the beginning of the year and then my mother passed away at the end of the same year before receiving her inheritance. Do I have any rights to her portion of the estate?

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Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 29, 2021

Most likely you are entitled to a portion of your grandfather's estate as well as your mom's estate. If your grandfather passed away without a Will, then your mother is entitled to inheritance through intestate succession. The same is true for your mom. If either your grandfather or... Read more »

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Q: My roommate’s mother died recently. How can he find if there was a will or claim a right to the estate?

My roommate’s mother passed away a couple months ago. He and his brother are her only surviving family, but they are estranged due to my roommate coming out as a gay man. He believes that she had no will. When my roommate went home for the funeral, he discovered his mother’s home had been... Read more »

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Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 15, 2021

After a person passes away in California, depending on the value of the estate, the executor of his/her estate may need to probate the will with the local court. To start probate, an estate representative (usually the executor) files a Petition for probate of will with the local superior court in... Read more »

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Q: why would probate judge give someone a chance to amend a petition for revocation for probate of will if the petition was

filed after a 120 days which is past the statue of limitations in california

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 14, 2021

The process for petitioning to revoke probate of a will in California is codified in Probate Code section 8270 et seq. which reads as follows:

8270. (a) Within 120 days after a will is admitted to probate, any interested person, other than a party to a will contest and other than a person...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for California on
Q: Don't want "per stipes"use in my online purchased Living Trust. All offspring in my sons' marriages are step-children.

I want wives to receive disbursements if sons pass.

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 12, 2021

Unfortunately, you get what you pay for with most online estate planning documents and there is very little room if any for much-needed customization. I recommend having an attorney craft your estate plan to properly preserve your legacy.

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Q: can owners manuals be used as proof of ownership for probate code 850 and 859 hearing for stolen items from an estate

decedent passed away and his personal property was stolen and sold at yard sales. including his vehicles. can the decedents owners manuals be used as ownership proof for the stolen items? there are declarations from people that lived in the same household as the decedent that have filed with the... Read more »

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Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 12, 2021

Per Probate Code section 859, if items of personal property were stolen from the estate, then the person shall be liable for twice the value of the property recovered by an action under section 859. The evidence code details many different types of evidence, and documentary evidence such as owners... Read more »

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Q: Does"per stirpes" always means proceeds do not pass to wives?

for Living Trust

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Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 12, 2021

Per stirpes is a Latin phrase that translates literally to “by roots” or “by branch.” In the estate administration context, a per stirpes distribution means that a beneficiary's share passes to their lineal descendants if the beneficiary dies before the inheritance vests. For... Read more »

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Q: What can I do to keep my cousin from being the Admin for my grandmother estate? She has 4 living sons and I rep. my dad

My father passed away in 2011 and my grandmother in 2020 she left no will and my cousin who's father is still living and married is trying to become the administrator for my grandmother's estate. She had no will and 4 living sons. She wants to sell her house and we want to stop her. the... Read more »

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Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 12, 2021

I recommend that you file a written objection with the court as soon as possible. I also recommend that you attend the court hearing to make sure that your objection is heard. In addition, if the appointed administrator has full authority and decides to sell the house, then you will still have... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for California on
Q: Hi I need to find out how to become my mothers conservator she has a public guardian

Hello, my sister was my moms conservator but she fell ill and I guess when they couldn’t get it touch with her and claim they had no way to contact me so they appointed a public guardian. Now my mothers in the hospital I’m unable to make certain decisions i Need to find out how to file to... Read more »

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Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 11, 2021

I'm very sorry to hear about your mom's situation and your sister falling ill. The official California Courts website is a good place to start the conservatorship process. A link to the self-help conservatorship web page is as follows:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for California on
Q: What is the alabama probate code.for if a. Parent dies.and dies does not have a well
Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 6, 2021

If a parent dies without a Will, then the probate process which is supervised by the court may be necessary to settle the estate. This is especially true if the parent-owned real estate. I would consult with a local attorney so that the assets and debts can be inventoried. From there, you can... Read more »

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Q: Do I own my dad's share of his home after he passed with a transfer on death deed or does it go to his widow?

I have a transfer on death dead for my dad and a separate one for my stepmom. They are joint owners of a home and I am the sole beneficiary for both. My dad passed away. Do I now own his 50% share of the home or is his share now owned by his widow?

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Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 6, 2021

The technical requirements for a transfer on death (TOD) deed are simple but very strict, and errors can void the TOD deed. Unfortunately, a TOD deed cannot be used to transfer property held in joint tenancy or as community property with the right of survivorship.

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Q: If a will indicates beneficiaries who predecease the testatrix, who is the lawful distributes to the estate?

B (NY) left her estate to two sisters; A (NY) and M (FL). The sisters both predeceased B. Beneficiaries to A's estate are her two children (NY). The beneficiaries to M's estate are brother P (CA), and niece, J (FL). P is the last living sibling to B, A, and M.

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 5, 2021

I would begin with reading the Will. The Will could and should very clearly provide the answer. The original Will should be lodged with the court in the jurisdiction where the decedent lived. Since both A and M predeceased B, B's estate was never vested in the estate of either A or M.... Read more »

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Q: does san bernardino superior court have a form for probate subsequent document filing coversheet
Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 5, 2021

Are you preparing to fax file? If so, most courts require a special fax cover sheet that identifies the documents being filed and the amount pages. Unfortunately, the San Bernadino court website doesn't provide such a form. I would call the probate clerk and ask.

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Q: In the state of California as an heir how do I claim deceased person's property? (Cash, stocks, accounts)
Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 4, 2021

Oftentimes with cash and stock accounts, the account holder lists the beneficiary through "pay on death" paperwork held by the financial institution. If no beneficiaries are listed, then an Affidavit per California Probate Code section 13100 should work if the assets are below the... Read more »

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Q: if an heir files a petition to revoke probate of will after 120 days of the will being admitted to probate will their

petition be denied. they are not a minor. they are an estranged son who filed 6 months after the 120 days time limitation.

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 3, 2021

Their Petition should be denied unless they can figure out an end-around Probate Code section 8270, subsection (a) which must be read in the entirety. It reads:

"Within 120 days after a will is admitted to probate, any interested person, other than a party to a will contest and other...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for California on
Q: Trustee grantor conveys property in individual capacity . Can he use corrective deed to convey as trustee of property

Jack conveys property to beneficiary instead of jack as trustee of said trust. Can he file corrective deed to validate transaction as of date of original deed?

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 3, 2021

Yes. A corrective deed will most likely clear up the defect in the first transfer. I'd recommend having an attorney handle the preparation of the corrective Deed.

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Q: Do I need a probation ?

My husband just passed away. Our house is held as community property with right of survivorship. I am the sole beneficiary of his retirement accounts and bank accounts. His will left 10% to my daughter. Do I need a probate ? Can I settle the 10% of the estate to my daughter without the probation?... Read more »

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 3, 2021

I'm very sorry to hear about your husband's passing. Yes, you should be able to avoid probate. The key here is that you have access to all accounts. You can transfer your daughter's inheritance to her, or set up a trust for her if her funds need management due to her age or other factors.

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