Father passed 16 years ago. His will stated the home is to be left to mother, then following her death, the property is to be split between 4 adult children - 3 father's biological, 1 mother's biological. The deed is in mother's name and she has maintained the property solely.... Read more »
It is not possible to answer your question without actually seeing your father's will and also reviewing the probate case, if there was one. It would also be necessary to review a limited chain of title to see how title ended up in your mother's name. You should take all of this...Read more »
An adopted child shall not inherit real or personal property from a biological parent or relative thereof when the relationship between them has been terminated by final order of adoption, nor shall such biological parent or relative thereof inherit from the...Read more »
mother had a will leaving everything to my husband and his sister who died 30 yrs ago with no heirs of her own. there is a house and 2 small lots in Arizona, plus an older minivan, checking account and savings account. we gathered death certificates for his dad, sister, and mom and tried to file... Read more »
Yes, probate is how wills are administered. That said, a whole lot more information is needed to determine exactly which probate process(es) is/are needed and in which state(s). If the decedent had real property in multiple states, for example, you might need a probate attorney in each state.
Notice by publication serves to give the person notified notice of the matter or proceeding when the party pursuing the matter isn't certain that they have the correct mailing or service address of someone. It sounds like you have received both actual notice and notice by publication (which...Read more »
Father left house to one of his kids and lifetime residence to spouse via a will to avoid probate. Assets on the property were not addressed in the will. Lawyer said assets do not belong to the child who inherited the house and should be divided amongst spouse and other children. Is this correct?
If the Will is not probated, it has no effect. And the purported Will probably does address both real and personal property. Without the Will being probated, the Heirs At Law own the real property and the Next of Kin (same as heirs) own the personal property. With no Will, the Heirs are all...Read more »
There is no requirement for a Co-Executor in Tennessee. A non-resident may serve solo as Executor as long as he or she, as you are already aware, designates the Secretary of State to receive legal notices.
My father and I are on a relative's deed, who since passed, as Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship. If we sell the property, is it required that the proceeds of the property sale be split amongst the co-tenants 50/50?
Usually both owners want to get paid. If you and your Father have another arrangement, that is your business. But if I represent the seller, there will be one check with both owners as payees. If you Father wants to convey his interest to you prior to the sale, then he can do so or vice versa.
Grandmother did not owe any bills and her house was paid for. The house was never transferred to my mothers name. I have paid the taxes on it for years. Now my mother is in bad health. Should we put the house in my mothers name now or will it pass to me upon her passing? Thank you.
You must determine who the owner is right now first. A title search and an heirship determination will be in order. Then you and the Mother might seek counsel about Estate Planning. Remember the longer you wait, the chances of judgment liens become more pronounced.
after death of parent, my brother, who was an equal owner, under joint tenants with right of survivorship has refused to provide access or keys to the property, which has been co-owned since April, 1994. He is now attempting to make me pay for expenses for that property.
If in fact you are a joint tenant with your brother, then you may wish to help pay for the taxes, insurance, etc. Somebody has to, or the Trustee will sell it for taxes. You may wish to hire an attorney to file a Petition in Chancery for a Sale for Partition. Also you two could buy each...Read more »
My uncle recently passed away, and left all tangible personal property to his partner, then split the residue between several people. As executor, I need to know if the account goes to his partner, or distributed to the others. Thanks.
My father's will states that his girlfriend and her grandson can continue living in the home after his death. It also states that the house is left 50% to me and 50% to his girlfriends grandson. I live in the state of Tennessee it is start anything I can do after his death and contest it and... Read more »
My father had a life insurance policy with prudential that named my mother as primary beneficiary and me and my brother as contingent beneficiaries. My parents passed from covid within 22 hours of each other. My father passed 1st and my mother 2nd surviving him by 22 hours on a ventilator. After... Read more »
You are correct on both accounts. If your mom did not survive your dad by at least 120 hours, then she is deemed to have predeceased him. That would leave his children as the sole heirs of his estate (having died without a will). The insurance proceeds should be paid to you and your other...Read more »
More facts, including review of the will, are required to answer your question, but if what you say is true, this can probably be handled with an affidavit and a relatively simple court filing, both of which get recorded in the land records. A probate attorney can help you with this.
Yes, of course. You are a free agent. You can fire your existing attorney and hire another to pick up where the other left off. Just understand that you might end up paying more in the long run because the second attorney will have to take some time getting up to speed.
My condolences for your loss. The trust itself should define what State's laws it follows. The trustee should provide a copy of the trust to your Mom. Likely you will find the trust says it follows Illinois law.
You have not provided enough facts to determine where the trust administration is taking place. Most like it is in Illinois, but it could also be in Tennessee, or possibly somewhere else. We would need to see a copy of the trust and would need to understand who is administering the trust and...Read more »
I recommend her obtaining counsel of a Tennessee attorney first. He should be able to get a copy of the Trust Instrument, and after reading it, advise her. The Trust Corpus and/or Trustee may not be in Illinois or Tennessee. It could involve four or more jurisdictions. Hopefully litigation...Read more »
His grandchildren are stating that I am not biologically his and demand a DNA test. He was married to my mother and is on my birth certificate.I also grew up going to his house every other weekend. I was not close to him as an adult My siblings children claim they never heard of me. I never had any... Read more »
If you are his child, then you are an heir and next of kin. Has an Estate been Probated? Probate would probably be in your best interests here. You will need to hire an attorney to look into it and represent you. Otherwise forget about it, as time is of the essence.
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