Children are adult children from previous marriage. Current wife was never mentioned in will. Can’t find a definitive answer. One place I read wife gets first $37,000 plus half. Other place says she gets 1/3 or equal share of children.
As mentioned below, the specific facts of the situation are so important in determining the various rights and responsibilities of the parties. For example, it may be possible the wife could claim to be an omitted spouse (see statute below), which is where the 1/2 comes from (if she is deemed an...Read more »
Your question is a common one, but unfortunately it is not simple. First, it would be worth the time, effort and expense to consult with a legal or financial advisor about this decision and how it specifically affects your parents. It could have unintended consequences and ramifications extending...Read more »
His adult daughter is his beneficiary & inherits the house if he were to pass away. Since this is my home but my name is not on the mortgage or the deed, am I entitled to inherit the home before she were to inherit it?
You would be entitled to inherit the house if your husband designated you as the beneficiary in his valid Last Will and Testament (or added you to the deed). If he died without a Will, then Alabama law directs that one-half of the assets in his name pass to his spouse and one-half pass to his...Read more »
They are telling us that because they were married and jointly on the deed that her children have to sign the deed stating the house goes back to my husband who is the original owner of the home before she ever came along, he added her to the deed later. Why are we unable to sell the house without... Read more »
This issue arises a lot and is usually caught by a title company when someone tries to sell a home. I cannot speak to your specific situation without seeing the deeds, but it sounds like what you are hearing is correct (even though I admit it seems terribly unfair).
Oftentimes the first step in determining what to do next after a loved one passes away is to look at any assets that may be in that person's name. If you are unable to access any assets, then you would need to speak with an attorney about a probate administration or a probate alternative....Read more »
An attorney cannot really provide a fee range until learning a lot more about the situation. Most attorneys would bill hourly for their work, which is a pretty fair method for all parties. It can be difficult to obtain pro bono assistance for estate matters (as there are assets), but if your...Read more »
If assets are in an individual’s sole name and that individual leaves a valid Last Will and Testament, then the assets pass pursuant to that Last Will and Testament. The key here is “valid.” The Will must be offered for probate and proved to be the Last Will. The children (as the heirs at...Read more »
When we went to court my dad, next of kin said under oath he knew my Aunt was leaving everything to me, the niece. Then he went and hired an attorney to fight the estate and take it all since he is next of kin. Is there any case file examples showing where this is can be over turned since he... Read more »
I am not quite sure I understand the exact specifics of your situation, but if you have a valid Last Will and Testament that names you as the beneficiary of an estate, then it really does not matter what any one says about it, you would be the beneficiary. However, the Will must be...Read more »
The basic answer is that a person may leave their home to the beneficiary of their choice, be it a new spouse or children from a previous marriage. However, when a person remarries and does not have a prenuptial agreement, the surviving spouse will have certain rights in the estate of the...Read more »
I cannot speak to your specific situation without reviewing the deed, account information, etc. In general when a person dies and their name is the only name on an asset (such as the deed or a CD) and further where there is no beneficiary named, then a probate is required in order to transfer...Read more »
Her new husband is not in the will or on the deed. They’ve been married 18 years. Who gets possession of her house after her death? She has also been a victim of elder abuse by her husband for at least the last year.
My mother passed away in 1979.My eldest brother who was my caregiver and his family moved into the house after my mother passed years later they moved out because of the 5th child.I learned the house was in foreclosure when I started to move in months later after I finished school and turned 18.As... Read more »
I would recommend that you speak with an attorney to protect your interest in the property. The specific facts will be important in your case (and many of them happened so long ago). Someone will need to review them closely and only then will be able to advise you as to how to protect your...Read more »
There are a lot of facts that would be important to have before someone can give you a specific answer (such as: are you going through a divorce, is there any legal requirement that your spouse name you as a beneficiary, etc). Generally speaking however, I cannot think of any mechanism whereby a...Read more »
If the probate estate is open I would assume you have an attorney and I would encourage you to take direction regarding the sale from him or her. The answers to questions in this area of law are often very fact specific (so much depends on the exact facts of your particular case)....Read more »
If your mother needs to qualify for Medicaid (assuming she does not have the resources to pay for nursing home care), then you would need to repay the funds if she needs to qualify for Medicaid. It’s all related to the Medicaid “transfer penalty.”
There is no law requiring a probate and as a practical matter I always tell people that you should open a probate estate only if there is a reason to do so. I cannot speak to any reason in your case, as it is dependent on the facts. However, two examples of why one would open an estate would be:...Read more »
I cannot tell by your question whether your mother is still alive, but will assume that she is as she "lives in Missouri." The good news is that nothing is required of you until your mother's death. A Last Will and Testament has no legal significance until death. Even at that...Read more »
Cases of neglect are incredibly fact specific and there is no bright-line test as to what constitutes neglect. Speaking generally, if someone is concerned that an elderly adult is being neglected, there are three basic options:
1. Contact local law enforcement. There are several new...Read more »
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