The answer to this question is "it depends." It depends on whether you both own the house as joint tenants with right of survivorship, or whether you own the house as tenants in common. And it also depends on whether you have any estate plan documents such as a will, trust, or lady bird...View More
There was a plot of land that my grandfather transferred to me through a quitclaim deed many years ago. Regarding current situations I am looking to sell the property, However, in the quitclaim deed, it says that the transferability only extends to heirs at law. However it also says that it can be... View More
The restrictive language you mentioned in the deed may not be enforceable under Michigan law under Michigan Land Title Standard 9.1. I suggest you contact a title company to obtain a title commitment for the property. The title commitment will tell you what steps you may need to take (if any)...View More
They sent the quit claim deed I completed my portion was told to have it virtually notarized, did that and returned. Later received returned filing fee check (in law offices name) saying it was denied. Have asked questions to lawyer,and staff first they say it was a new program they needed to add... View More
This sounds like a dispute you have with the attorney about whether the attorney has completed the work you hired the attorney to do. If you are unhappy with your attorney's work, then I would first look to your retainer agreement with the attorney, if you have one. Your retainer agreement...View More
Father was advised to receive permission from X-wife as children's representative to bury the son. Then x-wife was told she needed to get permission from deceased son's father to be in charge of the probate process. Why would Father need permission to bury from x-wife then x-wife need... View More
The right to make decisions about funeral and burial arrangements falls to the next of kin in a statutory order of priority. Typically, that would be: surviving spouse; surviving children; surviving parents; then surviving siblings, and so on. The right to be personal representative follows the...View More
We each have adult children and grandchildren, we are 68 and 67 years. All assets are joint, however, we would like to create a trust to protect each other and set things up the way we wish. Is this something you or your office can assist us with? Thanks so much, we live in Munith Michigan.
Good morning. The situation you describe is not all that uncommon in the world of estate planning. Estate plans can be made for single people, married people, or unmarried people who are in long-term relationships or who are life partners. My suggestion would be to directly contact (i.e. by phone)...View More
If what you said is true, you could file a motion to set aside the judgment and request a new trial. But it would most likely be within the discretion of the court whether to grant your motion. You would most likely need to identify one or more legal errors that affected the outcome, and facts to...View More
If your deed was recorded, you can buy a copy from the office of the Register of Deeds for the county where the property was located. If the deed was not recorded, then you may have a problem. You would need to contact the seller if they are alive to get a deed, or possibly the seller's estate...View More
Not sure what you mean by "without affecting mortgage." It's not clear why it would matter to your mortgage whose names are on your bank accounts. In most cases a mortgage lender has no requirements of someone maintaining specific bank accounts while the mortgage is outstanding,...View More
It depends what you mean by "death notice" in a paper. If you mean an obituary, that is not enough. On the other hand, if by "death notice was posted in the paper" you mean a notice to creditors was published in the newspaper by a personal representative under MCL 700.3801 or a...View More
There are significant assets that will transfer outside of probate (trust, POD). Is an Order for Assignment of Property sufficient when dealing with miscellaneous entities (post office, locksmiths, utilities, etc)? Or is it advisable to go for Informal Administration. Affairs were not complex -... View More
A petition and order for assignment is one of two Michigan small-estate procedures that can be used when a deceased's probate property is less than $27,000. The other is an affidavit for delivery of certain assets to decedent's successor. You would only use these procedures if the...View More
A lady bird deed is only effective to convey real estate. For the other items, they would need to be left to you in a will, or trust, or they would need to be yours under the laws of intestate succession if there is no will or trust. Probate may or may not be necessary depending on the...View More
We made a verbal agreement (nothing has been signed) with a person to do an estate sale after our father passed away. The workers she had coming in to help unpack boxes, wanted the guns and ammunition removed from the home because it made them nervous. When we asked the estate sale person about the... View More
Since you do not have a written contract, it is unclear what your legal rights actually are. Maybe you should ask this estate sale auctioneer for a written contract, and for the auctioneer to refrain from selling any more items without that. If you want to approve the price of items or reserve...View More
Good question. Whether you must pay income tax on your inheritance of US Savings Bonds depends on your individual tax situation, and can't be answered in this forum or given the limited information here. You should consult a CPA or tax attorney for more information. You can also find some...View More
My daughter has been on SSI sense age 16 and is cognitively impaired . Her mom is her payee because she is incapable of handling her own finance's, she is being manipulated by a boyfriend that she's had for about 4 months now and he wants control of her finances and they are both addicts... View More
If you are the parent of someone who is unable to handle his or her own affairs, you can file a petition for guardianship, and if there are assets that need protection, you can also file a petition for conservatorship. A guardian and conservator is someone who is appointed by the court to be...View More
Yes, a lawyer can represent a person with diminished mental capacity, if the person consents. Under the rules of ethics a lawyer should take whatever steps are necessary to allow a person with diminished capacity to participate in the representation as much as they are capable of doing.
My late parents made me trustee and requested (in writing) that my siblings and I hold onto their farmland for 5 years before selling. But I saw a question on the IRS 1041 this year asking whether the trust has been in existence for 2 years or longer (and to justify why). Is there a federal or... View More
No, a simple trust does not have to be closed within 2 years of the grantor's death. But it appears you may have misread the question on IRS Form 1041. On 2022 IRS Form 1041 page 3, at question 8, it asks "If the decedent’s estate has been open for more than 2 years, attach an...View More
I’m considered a person of interest in a probate case and a relative has been asking a mutual family friend to help get me to sign papers for my deceased grandparents property. I’m not interested in this property at all, however I refuse to speak to nor cooperate with this relative simply... View More
An "interested person" under Michigan law is someone who is entitled to notice in a probate case for due process reasons. Interested persons are notified of the proceedings so they can participate in the process if they want to.
From your question it sounds like you don't...View More
My mother died last week and lived in an apartment above her married boyfriends garage. He claims she had previously given him authority over everything in the event of her death and that he couldn't find the paper. He has thus far managed to make all the arrangements, have her body moved to... View More
First, I'm sorry for your loss. You may or may not need to become executor of your mother's estate. In Michigan, the executor is called the personal representative of the estate. You may wish to seek appointment as personal representative of the estate if your mother had assets which...View More
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