We were told by the crematorium (says he has been doing this for 30yrs) that my step-father, because he is the surviving spouse, everything goes to him regardless of what my mother’s Will says. My mother and step-father led completely separate financial lives and my step-father is not on any of... Read more »
The crematorium employee should not practice law. Take the will to an attorney and open an estate in probate court. The surviving spouse may be entitled to some, if he chooses to take against the will, but it should all be done under court supervision.
Wills don't expire. If they are valid at the time of creation - signed by the testator at the bottom with two witnesses signing that the testator did so of free will - it is valid forever unless revoked.
Whether you need to go thru probate depends on how assets are titled, not whether or not you have a will. Anything that is in the decedent's name alone, without a beneficiary or joint owner and not in a trust, would need to be probated. Contact a probate attorney for guidance.
I provided my address with recommendation that check be sent a priority mail so it could be tracked. Am now being told by lawyer that it was sent "regular mail." Since it's been over a month and has not received, and there is no proof that it was ever sent, how can I proceed ? (Ohio)
No, you are not responsible for repairs to a home that you do not own. You may find it beneficial to keep the home in repair, so that when you inherit, it isn't a mess, but you are not required to do so.
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