I inherited my father’s share of a home that is titled “Tenancy in Common”. The other owner is his 2nd wife of 35 yrs. In his will, she has a life estate of my father’s share. My father passed 10 yrs ago. His will has not been probated; 50% of title is still in his name. The wife is... Read more »
I am sorry for the loss of your father and all of these challenges.
Unfortunately I cannot answer your question about value of your interest, without reviewing your father's will, and without additional information. I strongly urge you to find an attorney in the county in which the...Read more »
My wife grandmother pasted away few days ago and we are looking to move inside her house but don’t want to make a mistake. My wife has a Will from her grandmother which state she is leaving the house to us. We are planning to start the probate process within the next 30 days.
A Last Will only has authority after the Last Will is admitted into probate and a Personal Representative is appointed. Find an attorney in Mohave County to help you . After the Last Will is admitted and the Personal Representative is appointed, the attorney...Read more »
I am the personal rep of her estate. Will I need to do Deed of Distribution and quitclaim deeds for the two brothers? Also, one is in jail so what happens to his part of the buyout and how do I get those forms signed?
My question is about his property. He had a truck, motorcycle, personal items and a bank account. My grandma said what's in the account he owes her so she gets that and she said the truck and other items aren't going anywhere until she says so. Is that legal? Is there something I have to... Read more »
Unfortunately there may not be a simple answer to your questions. Assuming your father was not married, he had no other children, and he did not have any joint bank accounts with others, then you may be the sole heir.
Funeral home says need both parents permission. Tho he has not had any contact with mother in over 15 years. I had custody when he was a juvenile. He had said he wanted cremation for years. Does the funeral home need my ex wife's permission. She has no issues with the cremation. But the... Read more »
The law regarding burial and cremation in AZ is ARS 36-831. Cremation is not a right in Arizona. In order to be cremated one needs a cremation permit. In order to receive this permit the rule is generally that the decedent:
There are many ways to own property. Joint tenancy with rights of survivorship is the least efficient from an income tax perspective. You may also need to file a gift tax return if the value you are transferring is more than $15,000. Finally, if the family member ever has financial or legal...Read more »
A holographic will may be valid, but they are very often prepared incorrectly. If the holographic will is prepared incorrectly, it may not be approved by the probate court. When that happens the law of default will apply. The family will have to apply for an intestate probate. Intestate means,...Read more »
Before my father's passing, he pulled out funds from his 401K. There must have been some discrepancy in the amount paid to him, as Discover Financial Services sent him a cheque for the amount of the difference (about $400) in 2020. The issue is that this cheque was sent out several months... Read more »
I have a few questions though. If there is an Executor, a probate would have to be opened. The Letters of Personal Representative would give the company authority to issue the check. Only a court can appoint someone to be the Executor or Personal...Read more »
One of the jobs of Personal Representative of the estate is to pay all of the decedent's verified debts. If you look on the form that you signed to open the probate, which is called ORDER TO PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND INFORMATION TO HEIRS/DEVISEES, item 13 says that your...Read more »
I have a copy of the will where he states who each property would go to. We also know he had life insurance and his business that was not distributed properly or at all for that matter. The homes he left to family in the will were in Forclosure due to the person not distributing everything the way... Read more »
I am a middle aged woman who is receiving SSI, and I would like to write a will. Upon my death, I plan on giving all of my household goods to a thrift store, and I would like to place money on the side to pay for any outstanding debts. Also, I am concerned about my personal information regarding my... Read more »
I will try to answer you as best I can. A Last Will is designed to transfer assets to your loved ones at your death. A Last Will must be entered into Probate Court in order to work. Probate can be an expensive process. The person who is appointed...Read more »
I am so sorry for your loss. Although the laws of intestacy say you have rights, the key is how the assets are titled on your father's death. If everything is titled jointly with his wife, the wife will get everything immediately upon his death. There would be nothing remaining to give to...Read more »
I would strongly urge you to contact an attorney who specializes in Trust litigation in Arizona to discuss the circumstances. I know this is deeply troubling. You are entitled to have answers to these questions.
I am so sorry for your loss. This question says to me, that there are difficulties here.
Once both you are appointed as Co-Executors of an estate, both of you should generally remain as Co-Executors of the estate, unless there are serious problems or concerns. Your email does not list the...Read more »
The Trustor was my Uncle, and he died in 2017. He and his ex-wife are co-trustees for the land trust, I believe his name is still on it because she couldn't get a death certificate (they divorced in 1987). The ex-wife wants to resign as co-trustee and walk away, leaving me the trust and... Read more »
In Maricopa County, AZ. Father was a widower with two equal heirs, myself and brother, he has (had) a will and trust document drawn up. I also obtained an estate EIN. His only account transferred as a POD account. No other assets, except this $1,800 check.
Now let me answer your question. If the $1800 dollar account is all there is, then you and your brother probably need to prepare a small estate affidavit. This affidavit will need to be signed and notarized by both of you. Sometimes the financial services...Read more »
Even though this seems like a simple questions it is not. It is actually a very complicated question because the law is very complicated. It is complex in order to make certain that none of the people involved are committing fraud.
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