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Q: My father has died. his second wife kept him from me. Do I have any right to probate the will?

the wife didnt notify me of his death, omitted me from his obituary. I am his first born daughter. They met while I was living with dad in high school. She moved in, was his college student at the time .

Sarah E. Manning
Sarah E. Manning answered on Aug 13, 2019

Hello! Do you have a copy of the Will or the original? If he had a Will that named someone as his executor, that will be the person who will have the authority to probate the estate. If you don't have the Will or a copy to know what it says, I would suggest consulting with a probate attorney to... Read more »

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Q: Question about quit/claim deed.

My parents have house in Florida. My dad died. My mom would like to add myself to her deed. Would I have to pay inheritance tax on this property? My mom also has it in her will the house is mine. She also wants to continue her insurance policy that would be grandfathered to me as well as long as my... Read more »

Sarah E. Manning
Sarah E. Manning answered on Aug 12, 2019

To advise on the Deed used for the Florida property, it would be best to consult a Florida real estate attorney. Does your mother reside in the Florida house or does she live in Pennsylvania with just a second home in Florida? Additional information would be needed to provide an accurate response.... Read more »

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Q: My father is the mortgagor for my brother.

My brother purchased our childhood home from my father. My father agreed to hold the mortgage which is legally recorded. Does he have to get a new mortgage to pay back the estate in order to settle (there are 4 of us) or can he take his portion of the inheritance and put it towards the balance and... Read more »

Sarah E. Manning
Sarah E. Manning answered on Aug 12, 2019

This question is best to be answered by a probate attorney in Pennsylvania if you don't have an attorney assisting with probating the estate already. While it's likely accurate that the heirs can all agree to use his inheritance towards a new mortgage and possibly distribute his share to him early,... Read more »

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