In Florida, the Executor is referred to as a Personal Representative (PR) and the Florida Court's will require an attorney in most all instances to represent the PR and file probate. The PR does not determine Homestead status of real property, it is a determination made by the court based on a...Read more »
The lawyer has made no other efforts to locate any assets. Should he be doing more? I feel a little uneasy about the whole process. Especially if he does not locate the assets, what exactly am I paying him for?
The Florida Probate Attorney is there to help and guide, the main job is to get you named as the Personal Representative (PR) of the estate so that you can seek out assets via the Will, mail, personal records and files in deceased person's home and so forth. While the attorney can assist and...Read more »
You need to speak with a Florida Probate Attorney in order to provide additional details and specifics of the circumstances. It has now been 5 years, someone should have contacted you long ago if there was a probate and you were named in the Will/Trust/Deeds or on any other accounts and or assets....Read more »
The enhanced life estate deed would be the better option, homestead is a protected asset in Florida and as it relates to Medicaid, with enhanced life estate deed your parents would retain their homestead interests and protections. If you did a quit claim deed, you would run afoul of Medicaid...Read more »
Hello, I received a trust fund as I turned 18 but, I am having issues gaining access to it. The reason is, my mother wants me to pay large guardian fee and has refused to release the funds or give me information if I do not pay it to her. The only papers that have been written up to release the... Read more »
You will need to get a copy of the Trust documents and make sure they get reviewed by a Florida Estate Planning/Probate Attorney if this is in Florida. The documents should be very clear on when you can access the Trust monies and how and for what purposes, it should also address what fees are to...Read more »
I am the executor and the named recipient of the home in the will of the husband. The parties involved are married but have not resided together nor communicated since the wife moved out of state over 10 years ago. His house is specifically listed in the prenup as an asset from prior to the... Read more »
You will need to review the current deed of the property to see precisely how the property is held, this will be your starting point. It is likely that some version of probate may be required and a petition to determine homestead status of real property as well. The prenuptial agreement will also...Read more »
Very sorry for your loss on the passing of your father, please accept my condolences for you and your family. This is an issue and question of probate and based upon how the deed is held. If this was Homestead for your mom and dad then one set of rules will apply related to probate, or maybe the...Read more »
Very sorry for your loss and the passing of your mom, please accept my condolences and sympathy at this difficult time. You are going to need to speak with a Florida Probate Attorney, based on the type of assets and their overall value will determine the type of probate that is ultimately needed...Read more »
If your sister has mental capacity and is able to understand and comprehend then you can accomplish what you need with a Florida Estate Planning Attorney drafting a Florida Durable Power of Attorney, if you sister is unable to comprehend things and is lacking mental capacity then you will need to...Read more »
of my estate? I have completed a FL Revocable Living Trust, a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, a FL Durable Power of Attorney appointing my brother as trustee. Brother is on all bank accounts. My house is in a Revocable Living Trust. Just don't want to burden my out-of-state brother.
Your brother is already listed on all or almost all of your accounts as well as your other estate planning documents, at minimal he could easily serve as the Trustee related to your Revocable Trust and it should not be that demanding or difficult, worst case scenario he can decline to serve at the...Read more »
Brother passed last month , he resided in a house owned by our mother . He paid rent to her every month . The house was furnished when he moved in . Now his children want everything in the house . I told them they are entitled to anything solely in his name which includes a boat , and motorcycles .... Read more »
Very sorry for your loss and the passing of your brother, please accept my condolences at this difficult time for you and your family. If your brother did not have an ownership interest in the home (on the deed), then the property still belongs to your mother, on a side note, she should likely do...Read more »
My husband recently passed and our home was in his name only. He has a son from a prior marriage, which is already looking for his half of our estate. I put down $10,000 from MY pension on our home and still owe over half of the mortgage. Am I required to give 50% of my home to my husband's... Read more »
I am very sorry for your loss on the passing of your husband, please accept my sympathy and condolences for you and your family. The answer to your question is that it depends. You as a surviving spouse have substantial rights as it relates to Florida Homestead Property and spousal rights as it...Read more »
I need to file her will, when I called the county office, they wouldn't give me any information other that - You need to get a probate lawyer. The will not be contested. My mother owned a home that will now need to be transferred out of her name, do I need a lawyer for this too?
Very sorry for your loss and the passing of your mom, please accept my condolences. Usually, the clerk of the court is extremely helpful and insightful to matters, in this instance they were not and were incorrect. You can take your Will (after making a copy) to the clerk of the court and...Read more »
I am very sorry for your loss and the passing of your spouse, please accept my condolences for you and your family at this difficult time. You may be able to transfer it with the proper form if you qualify with the tax collector's office/DMV forms that you can usually find online. If you do...Read more »
While my aunt was alive, she asked me if I would take her pets when she died. She told me she was leaving me money as well as leaving money for the care of the pets. She told my husband, cousin and her boyfriend this. When my two cousins went to the reading of the will, one of whom is supposed to... Read more »
In the world of probate 25 days is a very short period of time and no time at all really. Depending on the type of probate that is required, you could possibly be waiting months. Words and promises do not matter at all as it relates to a Will, only what was actually written into and put into the...Read more »
No, Florida requires signature, two witnesses and notarization, if this is not the case then it will not be a valid Will and the estate will be deemed Intestate and the Florida Intestate Statutes will apply to the probate. This means it will be important who survived your daughter and whether the...Read more »
Very sorry for your loss, please accept my condolences at this difficult time. In Florida, any interested person can pursue and commence a probate. If there is no Will, then the Florida Intestate Statutes (without a Will) are going to apply. If the father is nowhere to be found or interested you...Read more »
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