David M. Goldman's answer There is nothing that says you can't make the payments. Whether you are entitled to the property is another issue. You should consult with a probate attorney to determine who the property belongs to.
David M. Goldman's answer Yes, there is a time limit to claim payments. The time limit depends on the facts and what was done. It may be as long as 5 years or could be much shorter depending on what type of claim you actually have.
David M. Goldman's answer Typically in FL, if you have a deceased child, their share will go to their descendants, if none to the other siblings. How this works will depend on the terms in your will and how it is written. You should review your will and objectives with an attorney to determine if changes should or need to be made.
David M. Goldman's answer NO, you can get started in a week but a probate can take 60-90 days for a summary administration and 6-12 months for a formal administration. These times are assuming nothing goes wrong or there are no delays.
David M. Goldman's answer If the owner is alive, they can transfer the property with a deed. This may disqualify you from long-term care benefits if done within 5 years of a need. It might be a better solution to use a trust or enhanced life estate deed. This is something you should discuss with an estate planning lawyer who is familiar with elder law.
David M. Goldman's answer Only if the home was still owned by the decedent at the time of death. If it was in a trust or jointly owned with rights of survivorship, or on an enhanced life estate deed, then there will not be a probate needed.
David M. Goldman's answer Unless there is substantial personal property or other assets that might be subject to probate, the risk is little that she will spend a bunch of money to object to a will and receive 1/2 of almost nothing.
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