Since the woman likely has assets exceeding $166,250 (it's hard to find real estate worth less than that in California!), her family will have to go through a court proceeding called probate before they can inherit her assets. If she had signed a Trust before passing away, the family would not...Read more »
The law in California is that, when someone dies owning assets with a total value of $166,250 or higher, the deceased person’s loved ones must wait 1 - 2 years before they inherit the assets. The loved ones will be forced to go through a court process called probate after the person dies. Probate...Read more »
Due to Covid and mom's progressing condition, she is no longer living with dad in their shared home. Dad controls rents from RE rentals, and has made more money than mom. He will not pay for any care. My sisters and I are struggling to pay for mom's care. I have power of attorney to... Read more »
I've taken over his asbestos trust since my mother passed but the attorney didn't have the affidavit notarized stating that I have been made beneficiary over the trust. Now a bank has closed my acct since March 2021and refuse to release the funds back to the other bank who sent my... Read more »
You may be using the wrong legal terms and, if so, it's OK, but it just makes it harder for a lawyer to know what you're asking. A "beneficiary" is a person who benefits by receiving assets from someone else's trust. In other words, a beneficiary inherits assets as a...Read more »
'Nana' recently died quite suddenly, and unexpectedly. I am her only child, and I have two children. From the time that we discovered she had brain tumors, to when she died, was only one week. She was very confused and disorientated. During this week, my daughter got her to sign a P.O.A.,... Read more »
I'm sorry you're going through that. You need to run, not walk, to a probate lawyer -- most likely located in the county where your mother lived, although most courts allow lawyers to appear in court via Zoom, so it may not matter. The bottom line is that your daughter likely engaged in...Read more »
I need to know if she can legally do this. I bought the policy, paid for it, signed all the paperwork. It took us months to file the claim, and just as the check was issued she had her lawyer call to declare her as “the contact”. This would not have happened as it did if our agent was involved,... Read more »
I'm sorry to hear about your situation. If you have already demanded the executor repay the money she has inappropriately taken, you can have a lawyer send her another demand letter. But my guess is that you will need to file a Petition in the Probate Court. Once a probate matter has been...Read more »
I am a website designer normally employed full time but since Covid I have been considering starting my own business. I would offers website design, graphic design, logo design and creation, marketing and social media management as well as ongoing site maintenance and management. Before I fully... Read more »
Once you market yourself to the world, you are in business and should have a business license. Check the websites of your city and your county to learn the requirements that apply to your jurisdiction. If you are working out of your home, your city and/or county may require a home-based business...Read more »
My house burnt down my husband got an attorney they even worked with me into getting a settlement. My husband signed a paper saying that I was to get part of the settlement that his attorneys made him sign. And he already got paid his settlement I have tried to get ahold of the attorneys they will... Read more »
I would send the law firm a letter by certified mail (so you can prove they received it) saying both your lawyer and you have called the firm on multiple occasions, yet never received a response. Then say something like: this is your final notice that I want the settlement money owed to me and, if...Read more »
5 things were checked off in the box for them to fix before the trust can be filed and the entire package was completed and signed when the agent was present. I don't know who to contact , can you explain to me who I can contact to help.
A lawyer would need to know why you are trying to record the trust because that isn’t the normal procedure. Does the County Assessor want to see the trust g(as opposed to the County Recorder)? Most estate planning lawyers should be able to help you with administering the trust (assuming your...Read more »
When I have asked to be informed, I'm denied any info other than I'll receive a settlement statement at close. The trustee is making errors and not letting anyone help. I'm a real estate Broker with knowledge. What can be done to receive information?
Sometimes trustees do the right thing when a beneficiary’s lawyer sends a firm letter to the trustee listing the trustee’s legal duties and penalties for not complying with them. In other instances, trustees ignore the lawyer’s letter and the beneficiaries are forced to go to court. I always...Read more »
...and took the titles to everything. She hasnt been in his life for decades but knew his elderly mother who my friend was caring for upon his death. Do I have any recourse? I know he wanted me to have these items as we were good friends for a long time and were close until his demise. He knew his... Read more »
It depends on whether he left a trust or will detailing his desires. Most Americans say they will get a trust or will “someday”, but never end up doing it before passing, which leaves a mess for their loved ones to clean up. I’ve read different statistics, but somewhere around 60-70% of our...Read more »
Most trust administrations do not need to involve the probate court, but there are exceptions. For example, if someone had a trust but failed to put $166,250 or more worth of certain assets into the trust, then the assets outside of the trust would need to go through the probate court process and...Read more »
B (NY, died in 2017) left her estate in a 1961 will to two sisters; A (NY) and M (FL). The two sisters predeceased B. Beneficiaries to A's estate are her two children (NY & MA). Living beneficiaries to M's estate are her & B's brother, P (CA), and a niece, M (FL).
The answer will depend on what the will says. If the will has no "back up" people to receive the inheritance if the people listed as first choice have passed away, the inheritance will likely go to B's heirs by law. You should make an appointment with a probate attorney and have the...Read more »
Your mother can hire a mobile notary to go to the hospital to notarize her documents -- that is, assuming that the hospital is allowing visitors with masks and other COVID compliance requirements. Best wishes!
My Grandparents made their Living Trust in 1993 while my Mom and I were living in Iran. In their Trust they Place a condition that my Mom has to leave Iran and become a permanent US residence before getting equal share, further it instructs no distribution to be made to children of my Mom who are... Read more »
Unfortunately, the only way to answer your question is to read the trust. Taking a few lines out of a lengthy document is not enough information for lawyers to give their thoughts and impressions because certain terms will be defined in your document and using a different definition will change the...Read more »
My Grandparents made their Living Trust in 1993. In 1995 my Grandmother passes away , in 1998 my Grandfather makes some changes to Trust as a survivor and his Trust is known as Trust B while my Grandma’s is known as decedent Trust “A”. My Grandfather passed away in 2007. Trust A instructs... Read more »
A lawyer would need to read the entire trust in order to give you the best answer. The will should have been a Pourover Will that only says, in essence, if grandmother left an asset outside of the trust (legally called "residue"), then the Will directs the executor to place the residue...Read more »
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 »
There are a number of steps you should go through before you are at the drafting stage because, if you don't have sufficient evidence to support the document's argument that a trustee should be removed, then you will waste a lot of time and money. So, first, you would need to read the...Read more »
What forms do I file a petition with the Probate Department to remove a power of attorney based on financial elder abuse? I have already contacted APS and local police, they are telling me to request the courts for the POA to hand over financial records so the POA can be removed due to the abuse.... Read more »
Since none of the lawyers answering your question has a copy of the specific Power of Attorney at issue in your case, it would be hard to say if you could sign any document that would be filed with the Probate Court to try to remove the agent. [I know you want to know the name of that document, but...Read more »
The answer to your question depends on whether your mother had: (1) a will; (2) a trust; or (3) nothing. If your mother had a will or trust, then whatever your mother put in her will or trust document will be the deciding factor as to who gets which assets. Most commonly, trusts say that when a...Read more »
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