My husband and I have separate wills. In my will,I provide for my son if my husband does not survive me. In my husband’s will, he provides for his son if I do not survive him. If I should pass first, does everything go to his son after my husband passes and my son does not receive anything?
Your statement of facts answers your question. You wrote, "In my husband’s will, he provides for his son if I do not survive him." Other than that, there is no way for any attorney in this forum to answer your question without actually reviewing your husband's will.
My brother is the appointed executor of the will. He failed to let me see it or even give me a copy. That goes with both of my parents death certificates. I also have questions regarding the estate left behind.
It has been nearly 1 year now and I've asked him for it and no response.
Probate cases are a matter of public record. Call the probate court and ask them how to go about obtaining a copy of the will that was admitted to probate. You can also obtain copies of inventories and pretty much anything else that is in the file. If you are local, it would be best to go there...Read more »
My mother had a whole life insurance policy on my step father and my mother passed away can another person besides the insured change ownership of the policy that is not related to her? Before my mother passed away I was named as her executor.
The insured cannot change the ownership of the policy; only the owner can do that. But the owner has died, so now this is an asset that needs to be probated. The life insurance policy that your mother owned on the life of another is now an asset of her estate and needs to be distributed according...Read more »
Powers of attorney are sometimes recorded in the local land records, but more often than not they are not. The obvious answer is to ask the living parents and/or the child to whom the power of attorney was given.
If i am adding a beneficiary to my trust and wish to assure them I will not remove them as beneficiary ever, is there a legal agreement that can be signed stating they and I must mutually agree before they can be removed?
It is possible to enter into a contract sometimes know as "agreement to make a will (or trust)." Such agreements are enforceable if the statutory requirements are met. Typically it is done when the promise of an inheritance is made in exchange for goods or services provided during...Read more »
If the will is found by the probate court to be valid, then it will determine who inherits.
If the will is invalidated by the probate court, then the answer depends on which state's law applies. The laws of intestate succession (what happens when one dies without a will) vary by...Read more »
Yes, that is entirely possible. The best way to accomplish this is with an attorney-drafted revocable living trust. Doing this with a "life estate" is not recommended for a variety of reasons that an attorney can explain to you during an extended personal consultation. A trust-based...Read more »
It sounds like you may have added your mother to the title to your property as well, and that is why your siblings now believe your mother's share of the property is part of her estate. But that is merely speculation and reading between the lines. You should hire a probate attorney to...Read more »
Mom and stepdad have 2 kids from previous marriage. Each has a will saying that if one passes, the surviving spouse keeps everything. Stepdad passes in 2018. Mom passes in 2020 and her life insurance lists her deceased husband as beneficiary. Who now has claim to the life insurance?
It depends on exactly what the life insurance policy says and whether there are any contingent beneficiaries listed. If the policy lists lists the husband as primary but somebody else as secondary (or contingent), then the secondary benefit claims the life insurance. If the policy does not list a...Read more »
I left out two pages that were blank regarding beneficiary selection that did not apply (option A & B). I did complete section C, but did not mark the box indicating my choice. Based on the above info, is this TOD deed still valid, or will it be deemed invalid at the time of my father's... Read more »
A trust has all cash plus a primary house. Trust calls for equal distribution among 4 co-beneficiaries (same 4 are also co-trustees). House will not be sold. Option 1: Single beneficiary "A" takes house, and only house, no cash, as her sole share. Option 2: All beneficiaries take equal... Read more »
This question is not as simple as you probably think it is. First, a lot does depend on exactly how the trust is worded and whether unequal distributions of individual assets are allowed. Then there are potential reassessment issues as to the house to consider. If financing is used to make it work,...Read more »
My folks said they were advised by an attorney not to put my name on the deed and that Georgia law requires a property to go into probate. Basically, if there is a way to avoid probate in the state of Georgia what is the best way to go about it?
In most cases the best way is a revocable living trust, but every situation is unique and sometimes an irrevocable trust makes the most sense or some other technique altogether. Many factors need to be taken into consideration. Your best bet is to consult with an experienced estate planning or...Read more »
Grandmother died in 1970's. There was no probate. Her siblings want to sell the house now to split cash for retirement, but she does not want to leave. Can they force my mom to move and sell? Who owns the house? Unknown if there is a will or who's name is on the title of the house.
It is not possible to answer your questions without more information. This will probably require some kind of probate procedure to get the title out of your grandmother's name and into the names of her heirs. Who those heirs are depends on facts that have not been stated. Your best bet is...Read more »
We were told we would receive a letter and through research it is a definate relative. But we want to find out about the case and cant get any information. How does that work when someone dies and has no heirs no spouse no kids etc. We just want to know if we need to prepare for this because this... Read more »
My father, a resident of the Louisiana, had a stroke and is unconscious. I’m am a resident of Oklahoma. We would like someone in the family (me, our parents, or his brother) to have access to his finances to pay bills and maintain his home, etc. We would like to be legally able to make any... Read more »
It is true that you cannot obtain a power of attorney from a person who is incapacitated. You need to petition the court to have someone appointed as the incapacitated person's legal conservator and guardian.
The stimulus check is now an asset of your mother's probate estate. It does not have to be returned. The answer to the question of who gets that money depends on a lot of factors such as whether or not your mother had a will and, if she did have a will, what she said in it about the...Read more »
My parents are both deceased. The trustee has done nothing for six months and now refuses to handle the trust. What are my options? My brother lives out of state and thinks that now he can just start sending off to access money from the IRA, investment account, and life insurance that are... Read more »
The starting point is to read the trust document to see how one goes about removing and replacing a non-performing trustee. I recommend that you hire an trust administration attorney or trust litigation attorney to help you with this.
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