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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: Why does my sister have to pay a lawyer to get my deceased mother's house in her name?

My mother died from a terminal illness. After mom passed away my sister said she didn't leave a will but later on she said she found a will and mom had left me her car . I also asked her about my mom's bank account cause the hospital just gave my sister my mom's debit card, she said... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Jun 14, 2022

This does not sound at all like you are being played. When a person dies, everything he or she owned in his or her individual name (with no beneficiary designations) must go through a legal process called probate in order to get those things transferred to the intestate heirs (no will) or... Read more »

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Q: My son conned my father out of his entire estate. I am the oldest child. How do I contest the will?

My son was adopted by my parents at an early age. My father believed my son conned him out of his estate shortly after my mother passed. I have an audio recording of my father telling my son this and that he wanted it changed back into his name. My father also stated that my sister and I have just... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 26, 2022

Hire a competent MS attorney today. More than likely the SOL for an Eviction proceeding is blown, and you are still in possession. The owner/plaintiff will probably have to file an Ejectment suit which is expensive and difficult.

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Q: How can I find probate documents for my deceased mother who passed away November 6 2020
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on May 5, 2022

Go to the Office of the Chancery Clerk in the county in which your mother resides at the time of her death. You can give one of the deputy clerks your mother’s full name, and they will help you pull the file and allow you to make copies.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: What do I need to do to secure my minor son’s inheritance from his fathers estate, without help from his family?

I have only seen the Will of my son’s late father, who passed in 2021. The will leaves everything to our son. However, his parents took control over his businesses, properties, vehicles, guns, accounts, everything. His father is the executor and has not told me a single thing about what is... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Apr 27, 2022

You should file a objection with the Court and inform the Court what is going on. There is no reason for the beneficiary to be homeless if there is a house that has been left to him. You can get a copy of the Will from the courthouse. Go to the Chancery Clerk’s office in the county where your ex... Read more »

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Q: Father has no will does his children and his illegitimate children inherit same
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Mar 25, 2022

All of your father’s children will inherit equally from his estate. However, the children born outside the marriage will have to prove paternity if he was not legally declared their father.

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Q: My family member died 10 years ago without a will. He had one child who never went through the probate process.

Can this child file an affidavit of heirship in lieu of probate to have the one piece of real estate transferred to him?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 21, 2022

The Affidavit of Heirship attests to the Heirs owning as Tenants In Common. It does not transfer anything. Your Relative should hire a competent MS attorney to search the Title, and execute the

Affidavit. He may or may not be an owner or the only one.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: My mother died August 2017, she had a house in MS that she left to 4 daughters. In September 2019 my niece moved into

The house without permission from 2 of the heirs, and threw out personal belongings in the yard & kept my personal belongings she wanted. The house is still in my mother's name. How do I get my inheritance as being an heir

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 15, 2022

You should probably hire a competent MS attorney to file an action for Partition.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Collections and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: Will the irs take away my family houses and cars after my dad passes? He owed back tax everything is only in his name.

Basically he has two homes but he’s the only name on the homes and the cars we use. We finally opened his mail and he owes the irs a lot like over 50,000 in back tax.

He is in hospice and not mentally able to do anything like sign anything over or make a will.

I want to get the... Read more »

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Feb 20, 2022

In order to transfer the titles and deeds of property to another’s name after the death of the title owner, the estate will need to be probated so that the Court can issue an order allowing the transfer. The IRS can, of course, seize property to satisfy the tax debt; however, the question is... Read more »

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Q: Question about Inheritance with no will

My father past in 2006 and had no will that I was made aware if recently it has came to my knowledge he had a Ira account but no benifitcy name trying to see what need to be done or could been done in that situation

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Feb 10, 2022

Hire a competent MS attorney to draft and record an Affidavit of Heirship and Next of Kin. Then make a formal demand on the administrator/trustee. But you may have Jurisdictional problems (like where to sue for conversion) or a SOL problem.

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Q: my father passed away in 1996. my family told me that he did not leave a will. I have recently discovered that he did.

Where can I get a copy of his will?

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Oct 19, 2021

If the estate was not probated, then you will have to get a copy from whomever has it. If it was probated, a copy should be attached to the petition filed at the courthouse.

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Q: I need to find information about heir property in Mississippi. Who should I talk to?

The property was owned by my grandparents, they are deceased and their children are deceased. Thirteen grand children are living. How can I find out who's name the property is in? Two of the grand children have information about the property and will not share the information with the others.... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 28, 2021

Call a MS attorney in the County where the property lies. Hire him to search the title and then see who is presently receiving the tax notices. If it looks profitable, the lawyer will need to determine Heirship, and then record an Affidavit of Heirship. A Partition Action may be necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: Can I be named sole owner of my grandmother's property? She died 11 years ago and had a will.

At the time of my grandmother's death she still owed a mortgage on her house. I paid off mortgage and have paid all taxes and upkeep on property. Her will states house is to be divided between my aunt, her 3 kids and myself. No one has paid anything except me. Her will has not been probated.... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Jul 9, 2021

A person's will cannot be changed after the person has passed.

It sounds like you are living in the house and that is why you have paid the mortgage, taxes and upkeep. When one co-owner pays carrying costs, normally that co-owner is entitled to reimbursement from the other co-owners...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: My father wrote a will leaving everything to 1 of his 4 children, omitting the names of 3 children from his will. Legal?

A non-lawyer told me all four children should be named in the will even if some are not beneficiaries. True in Mississippi? The children are adults.

Randall R. Saxton
Randall R. Saxton
answered on Jul 4, 2021

There is not a requirement to name all children.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: Do I any right as a niece with my aunt that don’t have any children and have never been married

All her siblings are deceased

Julie King
Julie King
answered on Jun 14, 2021

If your aunt had a trust or will, then the document will say who inherits her assets. If she had no trust or will, then the probate laws will state who inherits her estate. A lawyer would need to know what state your aunt lived in before a lawyer could tell you what the probate laws of that state... Read more »

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Q: My husband did not include me in his will. Am I correct in believing that the court will deem the will - renounced ?
Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Jun 1, 2021

You as the surviving spouse have a limited period of time to elect against the will after your spouse dies. It is not done for you automatically. If you are in this situation you should hire a probate attorney to help you immediately. The most you can receive by electing against the will is half of... Read more »

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Q: When a parent dies in probate do the adult children names have to be on deed to house to sell it?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on May 1, 2021

Your question makes no sense. More than likely the heirs at law of the deceased parent are the owners of the house. You will need a competent attorney to search the title, draft an Affidavit of Heirship, and draft a Deed to the buyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: My husband just died today of a overdose and he had a car would I get the car and how would I do that
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Feb 25, 2021

You would need to change the title. See if your state has a small estate process for situations like yours. Short answer is yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Banking and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: Can stepson take entire savings in mine and now deceased husbands bank account

We had put my stepson on the account in the event something happened to us he would have access. My husband passed away suddenly and within a matter of days my stepson had taken entire amount and will not speak to me. Is there anything I can do to get my money back since he was on the account. I... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Feb 14, 2021

This is a classic case of do it yourself estate planning gone wrong. It might be theoretically possible for you to recover the money, but you will have to sue your stepson to get it back, and you will have the burden of proving that the money was yours and not his. You did not say how much money... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Intellectual Property, Probate and Real Estate Law for Mississippi on
Q: If A will hasn’t been probated can the estate / property be sold
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 6, 2020

Most decedents die intestate. As such their heirs-at-law take the real property at death, and the next-of-kin take the personal property. If a Will is not Probated it has no effect. A recorded Affidavit of Heirship should be the source of title for the Decedent's relatives. If a buyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: a piece of property is left in the estate of a parent that is now deceased and split between the wife and 4 children.

If one of the children passes away before the property is split and they have a lien for medical bills, do they siblings inherit that debt or the children? and Do the children inherit that siblings portion of the property?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 16, 2020

The possible medical care Lien is against the property, not the Heir's At Law. It is not their personal obligation, but could be executed against the land or the Estate of the Decedent who incurred the medical bills. And the children will take by representation of the deceased sibling. You... Read more »

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