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Q: K.S.A. 59-1507b - Small Estates Affidavit was filed with Leavenworth, KS Probate court. But something is missing. What?

There was no will so we filed the form, K.S.A. 59-1507b - Small Estates Affidavit, to get Administration rights to close fathers accounts and affairs. We never heard anything from the courts and they won't tells us anything either on the phone or in person. All the court clerks indicate is... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Jul 3, 2020

Generally speaking, there's no need to actually "file" the Small Estate Affidavit. It can be shown directly to the bank or other institution, and they transfer the assets pursuant to the affidavit. On the other hand, if probate administration is needed due the nature of the estate,... Read more »

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Q: Statue of limitations on probate?

Mother posted away 2 1/2 years ago, youngest brother and family took care of her in last months of her life. The lived in house taking care of her, and still do.

Do not know if there is Will?

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Jun 15, 2020

Assuming title is still in Mom's name, and assuming there wasn't a transfer on death deed recorded prior to her passing, and assuming you're trying to figure out how to transfer title to the house, it looks like you will need to go through at least some amount of probate. There may... Read more »

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Q: My father suddenly passed away. My sister is sole beneficiary but there was no will. Am I entitled to half?
Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Apr 27, 2020

There are a number of variables. Generally, if the asset is passing by way of a beneficiary designation, the beneficiary designation will control. If the assets have to pass by way of a probate proceeding when there is no Will they pass pursuant to the default rules in Kansas. In that situation,... Read more »

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Q: how do i file for "standing" on my fathers estate my step mom has not produced a will he passed in january

i also need to admit the probate to the court is that something a lawyer will have to do or can i also dose it matter what order and is there anything else i should be doing

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Apr 18, 2020

In Kansas, generally, the first step is to petition the Court for the admission of and probate of the Will. Any interested party can do that, but you'll need a copy of the Will. You don't technically need a lawyer, but it will be a big help. Generally those legal fees are paid for out... Read more »

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Q: My mom and dad divorced. My dads father still left my mother land. She was remarried when this occured.

She wants to will the land to my brother and i. He was never left any of this but does he have to sign the deed? He being her husband.

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Apr 6, 2020

In Kansas, you always want -- and any many cases need -- the signature of both houses anytime you transfer land. However, if she were to transfer the land by way of her estate plan, and if her husband was living at the time of her death, you'd want his signature waiving his rights to the land... Read more »

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Q: How do I obtain ‘simplified small estate’ probate status?

I’m named executor in my brother’s recent will. Need a probate letter confirming this before a bank will set up an ‘estate account’ to pay bills and receive refund checks in his name. His lawyer said probate filing is not needed since the will was recorded only a couple months ago. What do... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 30, 2020

In order to officially serve as the executor (and therefore have the authority to open an estate account), you will need what's called the Letters Testamentary from the Court. In order to get that document, there are a number of hoops to jump through, including a Petition, Notice, Order... Read more »

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Q: What is the probate court process to request simplified estate status?
Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 30, 2020

In Kansas, there are a series of documents to be completed and filed with the Court in order to have a simplified administration. However, the primary document is a Petition. If your situation allows for a small estate affidavit, review the resources here:... Read more »

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Q: Can beneficiaries get copies of the will before it's filed in probate? Executor does not communicate with others.

There are four beneficiaries to mother's will (she passed approximately 3 months ago). The executor has not contacted/responded to any of the beneficiaries. The financial advisor for deceased parent refuses to give a copy to any beneficiaries, stating that we should get it from executor. How... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 19, 2020

In Kansas, whoever is in possession of the Will must record it in Court and send copies to the named beneficiaries and certain family members within six months from the date of death. The controlling statues is pasted below. If he or she fails to file the Will within six months, there can be... Read more »

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Q: Can the siblings of the deceased take away from the children of the deceased? Uncle left no will.

He had no will. 2 surviving adult daughters, sister and brother. He left 2 houses, cars, trucks, and bank account. His daughters are about to open probate and the siblings said they will contest it. What can his daughters do? Before getting passed, he gave his daughter a house. After he passed the... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 17, 2020

I agree with Mr. Stockwell and would echo his suggestion to speak with an attorney. I think that is the best answer to your question "What can his daughters do?" If the siblings want to contest the matter, an attorney will be very helpful.

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Q: My mother passed away in September with no will or estate. She was the single owner of a home. How do we sell said home?

There was no will, no estate, no POA or deeds to the home signed over to anyone. We know she owes back property taxes. How do we go about getting the home in someone elses name so that we can pay off taxes, take ownership and sell the home so it's not just sitting vacant?

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 4, 2020

Based on this info, you'll most likely need to do what's called a Determination of Descent, which is a limited probate proceeding, assuming the real estate is located in Kansas. Would certainly encourage you to hire an attorney for this.

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Q: Living estate, Do I have any rights as the property owner before my step mom passes away?

She keeps moving things to her new homestead that had been on my dads place before they were married. ....hay barn, small round top shed..neither were attached to the ground. Those are just the things I noticed from the hwy way as she said i was not allowed on the property.

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 4, 2020

Tough to say without more info. I'd certainly reach out to an attorney to represent you and to get more thorough advice. With that said, if you own the property and she is a tenant, your rights are largely governed by the Kansas Landlord Tenant Act and the lease agreement, if any. As for... Read more »

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Q: Is there any way to tranfer a deed after death without probate?

My father died 3 years ago and we just recently found out that only his name was on the deed to my parents house (he inherited it back in the early 80s) My mother had early dementia and I guess there were some things she didnt take care of after his death. The only "estate" he left was... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Feb 28, 2020

From what you've said, you will have to do at least some amount of work with the probate court. However, there is a simplified proceeding called a Determination of Descent. It is much easier than the traditional probate preceding, and it is commonly used in situations like this. I would... Read more »

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Q: Beneficiary of a POD account of brother. No assets and no will. Am I liable for any debts he has.

What are my legal requirements?

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Feb 4, 2020

In Kansas, assuming you didn't co-sign on any of his debts, and assuming you weren't a fiduciary for him, you won't be liable for his debts. Without knowing more, it's tough to say if there are any legal requirements to be aware of. Generally speaking, simply being a... Read more »

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Q: When a person makes a will in Kansas, is is required of her beneficiaries to give her their social security numbers?
Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Jan 29, 2020

No social security numbers required. I'd encourage you to talk to an attorney though, as I've seen many DIY wills turn out to be a big mess after the fact. Good luck!

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Q: What is a fair executor fee on a $120,000 estate in Kansas with no probate?
Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Jan 23, 2020

Technically, if there is no probate, there is no executor -- which means no fees at all. To the extent someone has to actually do work on behalf of the estate, it's usually done on an hourly basis and the hourly rate is based on complexity of work and skill sets required. The size of the... Read more »

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Q: my sister power of attorney. Dad's will He told everyone there part separately. I read the will. After he passed the

Will wasn't followed. Me and my brother contacted her and asked what was going on and She said with what. What dad left each of us. She said there was nothing. I read the will when it was drawn up. And my father never changed it that I know and am sure of. What do I do.

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Jan 6, 2020

The Power of Attorney became void upon your father's passing, so your sister wouldn't have the legal authority to act under the POA beyond your father's lifetime. If she used the POA to transfer assets after his passing, there may be liability. I agree with Nina and would strongly... Read more »

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Q: My husband and I moved to Missouri from Texas. Are our Texas wills valid in Missouri?
Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Jan 6, 2020

I agree with Nina - hire a local attorney. In addition to the Wills, you also want to make sure the rest of the estate planning documents work in the new state. For example, powers of attorney, advanced directives, etc. Lastly, if there is new real estate, that almost certainly means additional... Read more »

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