answered on Oct 7, 2022
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 »
answered on Aug 14, 2022
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 »
we want to protect our daughter when we die.. what do we have to do to make sure she gets our house and life insurance policies. i dont want her to end up in probate court with our house, we do have a niece that can take care of her if we die before she turns 18. i want the best way to get things... Read more »
answered on Feb 20, 2023
The best way to take care of your daughter and to avoid probate is to create a trust. You can specify how money will be used while she is a minor and whether she inherits everything at age 18, or it is phased out to her.
His aunt is trying to do it but has not gotten the paperwork done yet
answered on Apr 20, 2022
If there is no will, anyone can apply to be an Administrator; there is only an Executor if there is a will. But the son will be notified and can object to it.
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 »
answered on Apr 20, 2022
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 »
answered on Feb 28, 2022
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 »
My mother's estate has just received refund checks and I filed IRS taxes. Now expect State and Federal refunds
answered on Feb 23, 2022
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.
She passed away suddenly and I have the paperwork printed out, but need to know the easiest route to close her bank account, and switch the title to her truck into my name.
answered on Mar 3, 2021
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 »
answered on Feb 4, 2021
The family is only responsible for the debt to the extent of the estate's assets.
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
answered on Jan 23, 2021
According to recent Ohio case law, a creditor must deliver their claim to the estate's representative within 6 months of date of death. The cancer treatment center's claim should be denied.
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 »
answered on Jan 21, 2021
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 »
answered on Nov 28, 2020
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 »
answered on Nov 20, 2020
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 »
answered on Nov 9, 2020
You only need to go to probate if there are probate assets. Probate assets are those that do not have any of the following:
a joint owner
a listed beneficiary
or are not in trust.
It appears that there are no probate assets, but you could consult with a probate attorney to review and be sure.
Do we have to do two separate probate cases to switch from joint to just Dad, then one to us? Or can it be done in one case.
answered on Oct 19, 2020
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 »
answered on Sep 28, 2020
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 »
What type of lawyer do we hire?
answered on Jul 22, 2020
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 »
Do I have any rights as his legal daughter? What steps should I take?
answered on Jun 11, 2020
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!
answered on Mar 24, 2020
Usually there is a Court publication. Often the Court itself will take care of posting it for you.
3 surviving children. No will. need to remove her name. House owned Free and Clear. She has no creditors and no other assets.
answered on Feb 25, 2020
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.
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