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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Missouri on
Q: My husband passed away, the estate is insolvent

My husband passed away, the estate is insolvent. I had to sell the house and pay the mortgage company and some extra bills. There is money left over after paying off the mortgage bill and the other bills. My question is if there is any way I can keep a portion of that money. They are other... Read more »

Joseph John Piatchek
Joseph John Piatchek answered on May 5, 2020

To fully answer the question, I have several questions that would need to be answered. How was the house titled,k in his name only, or both your names as husband and wife? Was an actual estate opened on his behalf in your local county probate court on his behalf, or not? Who are these other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Banking for Missouri on
Q: COVID19 stimulus check made to both me and spouse arrived, he died 3 months ago,how/can I cash this check?

Ss admin was notified, his bank account closed out, no 2019 taxes filed yet, and no probate case opened at this time. This check is similar to tax refund checks I fear and require all parties endorse. Help!

Joseph John Piatchek
Joseph John Piatchek answered on May 5, 2020

May likely require filing a case with the local county probate court where you live. There are several ways this can be done, perhaps even a "small estate", among other ways. In any event, you likely need some sort of authority to sign on his behalf, and probate courts is where you can... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Collections, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Missouri on
Q: Is it legal for a lawyer to ask for a SSN online through an email address?

My boyfriend has some inheritance coming in and can’t touch it unless he’s married... he has asked me to pretend to be his fiancée in order to get his inheritance and to contact his lawyer and I emailed his lawyer but I never met his lawyer in person... his lawyer emailed me back and wanting... Read more »

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Joseph John Piatchek answered on May 5, 2020

My biggest concern is the first sentence of your question - why would he have to be married to get an inheritance? I have been doing this about 15 years, and have never seen anything like that, sounds a bit like the plot to a Hollywood movie, "must be married, so I must pretend to be his... Read more »

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