My father still has a small mortgage on the home. He already has a Will and Durable POA. He is interested in creating a mechanism such as a living trust by which his home and minivan can be transferred to me as his sole heir without the necessity of the property going through probate. His Will... Read more »
I'm executor of my father's estate. The funds will be divided among 6 siblings, about $6000 each. One brother is on SSI, SSDI, and Medicaid, in Vermont. If he inherits $6000, he is in danger of losing his Medicaid until he spends $4000. Losing his Medicaid could cost him a lot more than... Read more »
This is a question that needs to be answered by an attorney licensed in Vermont and familiar with its Medicaid rules and regulations as every state is different. There are likely ways he can spend that amount of money down without interrupting his SSI/MEDICAID benefits and/or can create an ABLE...Read more »
My parents both passed away within 1 week of each other. There is a will saying I inherit everything. They own outright a trailer and a truck and have a bank account (less than $20k worth). No real estate or other assets and no outstanding credit. Do I need to file a small estate affidavit if I... Read more »
My condolences for your very tragic losses. If your parents died in 2020, the small estate limit is $166,250 so if the total of their assets is less than that, a small estate affidavit should be all that you need. You will need certified copies of the death certificates and you must wait at least...Read more »
There is a trust and everything gets divided equally between me and 2 brothers, one of whom does not live in the house. The reverse mortgage company knows we have it listed & are trying to sell it. But we were told we couldn't stay there by some people and then others said because of... Read more »
Whether or not you can live in the house will depend upon a number of factors. If there's a trust that leaves the proceeds of the house solely to you and you are the sole trustee, then likely it's OK. It becomes more complicated if there are other heirs not living in the house. In that...Read more »
If you suspect this woman is unduly influencing your father and/or is taking advantage of him financially, you should immediately contact Adult Protective Services. More information here: https://www.cityofmontclair.org/city-government/police-department/victim-information/elder-abuse
They told me when there in person I did not need to. I am now reading that’s not true and I needed to file it within 30 days. One of his children of my aunt has filed for probate to be executor of estate, She knows I have his last will and testament but is ignoring it. The home is in process to... Read more »
If the property was solely in your grandfather's name, then the only way it can pass to anyone is through a probate action. If you are in possession of your grandfather's original will, it is your responsibility to "lodge" it with the Santa Clara County Clerk within 30 days. I...Read more »
I've never heard of a "Bixby Trust" although there is a 1949 California Supreme Court case regarding spendthrift trusts in which the plaintiff's name was Bixby. See it here: https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ca-supreme-court/1796531.html
To Whom it may concern, thank you in advance for responding to this message,I need to honestly know,if there is any way,I can track down a living trust, my Dad passed away and because at the time, I was in the US military special ops unit,I was unaware of his passing, once the mission was... Read more »
Thank you for your service. Also, my condolences for the loss of your father, as well as for the timing and manner that you learned of the news he had died. If your father had a trust and left no spouse, you should have received a notice and a copy of the trust from the person designated in the...Read more »
Attorneys are not mandated reporters of suspected financial elder abuse. As well, our ethics rules do not follow the American Bar Association ethics rules all other states follow that allow for more attorney action. Our rules on this subject can be found here:...Read more »
I'm 83 and she is my caretaker and we live together. She has put her life on hold to care for me and I want her to own the house before I die. I have an old living trust that is no longer relevant. I believe the trust splits the property equally between my five children. What type of... Read more »
Decedent died intestate in 2010 holding real property, survived by Spouse who died in 2018. Spouse had established a revocable trust and named a successor trustee. May the trust/ successor trustee may now take title to the decedent's share of the real property?
If the spouse had retitled the property into the name of the spouse's revocable trust, the answer is a clear yes. If the spouse had not done so, it may still be possible to transfer the property into the trust, but you will need to file a court petition to accomplish that transfer. This...Read more »
You need a qualified trust and estates attorney to review the trust documents as irrevocable trusts can be very complex. In addition, it may be that this is an old "AB" trust that prevents step up in basis, but may possibly be amended to get rid of the AB trust provisions and thus get a...Read more »
To add to what my colleagues have stated, if she were legally adopted by another person or couple, that adoption would have severed her rights to inherit from her biological parent(s). In addition, rules surrounding 401K's follow their own set of rules. If there was a designated beneficiary...Read more »
title companies are refusing to accept TOD as a valid means of transferring title after a death. the law was meant to make the transfer easy and the courts accept it but title company won't insure clear title because of the ease in which it is done. makes no sense. if the courts accept it as a... Read more »
This is one of the reasons why estate planning attorneys do not recommend the use of transfer on death deeds. Title companies are hesitant to insure title during the three-year period in which claims can be made against the beneficiary of the deed. While the beneficiary can take title under the...Read more »
My father passed away, he had many years ago gone to an attorney to have a trust done. We can not locate a signed copy, but have the drafts from his attorney (whos not been of any help). I would like to sell his house, what can I do, will this unsigned draft help me in any way?
I don't believe there's any way you can avoid having to retain a lawyer to assist you with this matter, particularly if there are family members or other beneficiaries who may dispute the existence or terms of the trust. If the home was titled in the name of the trust, that's a good...Read more »
Located in California. My mother passed May 17 2018, I received a copy of her amended trust from a third party other than the successor trustee in June 11, 2018. Only one heir was named as beneficiary to real and personal property, otgers including myself was given $1000, which has not been... Read more »
If the trust document was notarized, no witness signatures are required in California. Also, when you received a copy of the trust last year, you should have received a notice under Probate Code 16061.7 that should have warned you that if you wanted to contest the trust, that you had to do so...Read more »
While you do not need an attorney to do a durable power of attorney in California there are circumstances in which consultation with an attorney is advisable. For example, if the person is in the early stages of any type of dementia or if they may need to qualify for long-term Medi-Cal benefits in...Read more »
My sister passed intestate in 2015, S.C. County CA. Probate lawyer was hired in early 2016. My brother passed in late 2016. My sister was never married and had no children. Is my adult nephew (brother's son) eligible for 50% of the estate? Sadly we've been a little disappointed with our... Read more »
Unfortunately, probate matters, particularly in some busy counties, can take what seems like a very long time to complete. Assuming you and your brother were your deceased's only siblings at the time of your sister's death, and there were no other predeceased siblings, then your later...Read more »
Recently a friend of my husband and I attempted suicide and is currently in the hospital in the ICU in California. He left suicide notes with his instructions on where he wants his stuff to go. He specifically and verbally declared he doesn't want his parents to get anything. He has been... Read more »
I agree with Ms. Dunn, although I would add that I don't believe the parents, unless they first secured a conservatorship over their adult son, would have any right to enter his property. These can be very difficult situations when estranged family members appear only at death to not only...Read more »
My son had power of attorney over his biological grandmother Medical/ financial/estate since around 2012. She recently had a stroke which left her paralyzed on her left side Dr.s told us that only 1 side of her brain was working. Her Grandson has been in prison for about 20years & has life in... Read more »
If the second POA was executed while the grandmother lacked mental capacity, it would not be valid and would not have invalidated the earlier POA. There's no question that your son needs to talk to an elder law attorney as soon as possible.
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