You can search for an estate planning attorney on Justia or on Avvo. Both list attorneys by location and type of law they practice. When you see one that you would like to know more about, you can look at their website, the reviews that their clients have left, and just general information about...Read more »
He listed my sister and her two children as beneficiaries. His attorney who wrote the will stated to me, as long as the house and property weren’t probated it fell into the rest and residue of the estate of which I am named as a beneficiary along with the previous 3 people. I don’t know what to... Read more »
I don't know what you mean by a TOD Will. There is a Transfer on Death Designation (TODD) Affidavit, which specifies who will inherit the house after the grantor's death, outside of probate. Anything with a beneficiary, like the TODD Affidavit, will transfer outside of probate and will...Read more »
I was told I could not be executor of my parents estate because I reside out of state. Is that a nice to have condition or a need to have requirement. Also, I was sent a waiver of notice of probate of will from my brother without explanation to sign. Why should I sign this document. Did not... Read more »
Someone living out of state can be an Executor, who was named in the will. They cannot be an Administrator, who handles the estate when there is no will. Signing a Waiver of Notice of Probate of Will indicates that the Executor or Administrator does not need to send you certified mail telling you...Read more »
You may have to go to probate whether or not there is a will. Probate property is that property which does not have a beneficiary or a joint owner, and is not in trust. For example, IRAs often have beneficiaries. If the beneficiaries are living, the IRA would transfer without probate. Married...Read more »
You will need to file a Report of Newly Discovered Assets. Some counties provide a form, while you may have to make up the form for other counties. If your county has a form, it would be available online at the court website.
I am sorry for your loss. If your mother's name was the only one on the bank account and the truck, you will need to open a probate estate. There are 3 different sizes of estates, based on the value of the probate assets. You should check the website of the probate court of the county where...Read more »
My cousin passed away from cancer. Over 1 year later, his wife received a Bill from a large cancer treatment center. She had great insurance. He was receiving experimental treatment. The bill was denied because it was above usual and customary. $71,000
He paid 60,000 of the add on and we paid the rest. He was never on any mortgage, taxes or insurance. He lived here for free and now my brother thinks I should have to pay him 1/3 of what my dad paid to the build 15 yrs ago. There are 3 of us children. Also, I was on all his checking and savings and... Read more »
You owe your brother nothing. Your father could do anything that he wanted to do with his money, and he obviously wanted to invest in your home to provide himself with a comfortable place to live. And any bank account that had your name as joint owner now belongs to you.
My relatives had no children, and my mother is next of kin; but very elderly. I will be appointed administrator. Just need to fill out Release Form for Aunt and then full probate due to Uncle being survivor. Only had a house and one car. I am able to provide all records of assets, liabilities,... Read more »
There are two ways an attorney can charge for an estate. One is hourly and the other is according to the value of the estate. You can contact attorneys and ask how they charge. Also many attorneys will give a complementary consultation where they estimate their fees. And you can check the Stark...Read more »
Yes, you can file an Affidavit of Indigency, Supreme Court form 26.8. Depending on the county, there may be a hearing scheduled. It is means tested; you must be under 187.5% of the Federal Poverty Level.
My father passed away last month. The attorney who did the will is retired, possibly deceased. The bank named in the will as Executor has since been sold. They are telling me they don't do that, even though the will names the bank or it's successor. There is no real estate involved. Mom... Read more »
You have to do two estates, unless the property was titled jointly with survivorship rights or if there is a Transfer on Death Affidavit recorded with the county. If it requires two estates, depending on the county where the decedents lived and how long ago they died you may be able to do a Real...Read more »
My father passed away a week ago. He didn't have a will or anybody appointed to take care of his estate. He had no life insurance either. It's just my sister and I and we are on the same page with everything. Just wondering about next steps legally for his estate. He had a little credit... Read more »
It depends on whether your father had any probate property - property without a beneficiary, without a joint owner, and not in trust. If the bank account was in his name only, you will need to open an estate in probate court. Depending on the size of the probate assets, you may be able to do a...Read more »
You and your spouse should have separate wills. It is best to hire an estate planning attorney to draft them, as they can make sure that the wills are done properly according to state law. Costs vary, but most attorneys have a flat fee for wills and can tell you when you make an appointment to...Read more »
Your father had the right to include or exclude anyone he wanted. And good for him to give only to children who were speaking to him! If you wanted to be treated like his daughter after his death, you should have treated him like your father when he was alive; it is too late now!
It depends on how the house is titled. If it says something similar to "for their joint lives, remainder to the survivor", then an Affidavit filed with the recorder can be used to transfer it. Otherwise probate will probably be required.
In my will, my two children will get 95% of my estate, and the remaining 5% will go to my four grandchildren. BUT, all my annuities, bank accounts, CDs, etc are POD to my two children. So how will my grandchildren get anything at all?
As you are aware, any asset with a valid beneficiary will go to the beneficiary when you die. Only assets without beneficiaries, not held jointly, and not in trust will go to probate, where the will controls. One option is to trust your children to give part of their inheritance to their...Read more »
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