I'm sorry for your loss. Each county varies how long it takes the court to review the initial pleadings and appoint a personal representative. With the personal representative and the beneficiary being one and the same person, there will not be anyone else to give notice to, so once you have hired...Read more »
I’m in WI, she lived in Florida. What is my next step? She does have a will that’s in her safety deposit now, I can’t access since she has now passed. How do I get appointed by FL to handle my grandmothers affairs? Any advice will be much appreciated, I have no idea what to do. I am my... Read more »
I am sorry for your loss, and I am here to answer your questions. The Florida Statutes provides that if a death certificate is provided to the bank where the safe deposit box is located, the bank will open the box and give the will to the person designated as the personal representative. Then you...Read more »
You will need to hire a probate attorney and open probate estates for each of the deceased people for their share to be transferred to their heirs by a court order. Then the heirs will have a court order authorizing them to sell the property. There is no other way to transfer the property from the...Read more »
If both sisters received their shares via a probate order determining homestead status or a PR Deed, they would have each received an undivided one half as tenants in common. This means that their one half passes to their heirs. The sister's next of kin should open an estate to transfer the one...Read more »
My mother passed away two years ago intestate. My father was named as personal representative but unfortunately he passed away, also intestate, before probate was completed. There are five siblings and one has secured an attorney (the one my father already paid) and is trying to be named as the... Read more »
If the rest of the siblings want to appoint someone else, one of you is going to have to retain an attorney to represent you to file a counter petition for administration which requests that sibling be appointed personal representative and then have the siblings who support that...Read more »
I am Mom's POA. She has dementia and we feel skilled nursing is in her near future. Medicaid information is confusing us regarding selling, also, we fear we may lose out on moneys to care for her when she needs it the most. Thank you.
You need to contact an experienced elder law attorney who can explain your options to you. If your mom's home is her homestead, and she is now in need of skilled nursing and may qualify for Medicaid, please take the following into consideration:
Homestead is not a countable asset; it is...Read more »
I agree with attorney Thorgaard that if the car is titled to the trust, and you are the successor trustee, then you will be able to transfer/sell the vehicle. You will need to take the death certificate and a copy of the trust agreement to the tag office.
A real estate attorney or an estate planning attorney who prepared these types of deeds would have to review your deed to answer this question for you. There is specific language which must be included for it to be a "ladybird deed" or "enhanced life estate deed."
We live in Florida. I have lived and been a caregiver for my stepfather since my moms passing 15 years ago, he raised me but never adopted. He and my mom have a child together, my sibling and I are close and we are both executors. In the will he left me the home so I could continue to live here, he... Read more »
The issue here is that you are not an heir at law, and the homestead exemption as the property passes through the estate does not pass to you as a non-heir. Typically, the court still signs a homestead order, but it states that the property is non-exempt homestead and subject to administration....Read more »
We moved the inheritance into my account so I can help him manage it. Is there any thing we can do to keep him from losing his benefits? Is it too late to move the inheritance into a special needs trust?
Your brother can transfer the money to a 1st party special needs trust if he has been determined to be disabled by SSA or Medicaid and is under the age of 65. There is particular language which must be included in the special needs trust for it to meet the requirements for him to keep his benefits,...Read more »
Wards home is still occupied by wards other son who served as caretaker from 2015 to 2019. House is fully operational. Car insurance, Power, Utilities and maintenance are still required to keep house going. Paralegal (told Guardian not to pay any of the outstanding bills in the wards name.) this... Read more »
You will need an order from the court before the ward's expenses can be paid. There are quite a few options including petitioning the court for the ward's son to be determined to be the ward's dependent. Also with the guardianship court's order, the house could be transferred to a child who has...Read more »
Please accept my sincere condolences on your mother's passing. If hers was the only name on the deed and she was married at the time of her passing, then her spouse has an election for which he only has six months to make, otherwise he gets a default of a life estate in the homestead, remainder to...Read more »
Mom passed 12/4/2018. She went into nursing home in 2016 and i moved into home at that time and have been taking care of home and property taxes. But homestead stopped after death, now trying to get homestead for myself. I am only child and deed in her name only, no will. Mom was widowed and deed... Read more »
You will not be able to apply for property tax homestead exemption until the property has been transferred to the heirs with a homestead order in a probate proceeding. You are welcome to call our office for a free phone consultation. We handle homestead only summary administration for a flat fee...Read more »
If the grantor is still alive and the trust is revocable, the grantor can withdraw some of all of the funds from their own revocable trust and make a gift. If it is under the annual gift tax exclusion amount, then there is nothing to file whatsoever, except that the grantor may wish to write a gift...Read more »
This is a question to be answered by a NY attorney. If you have a written satisfaction signed by the creditor, ask the NY attorney if you may simply file that or if another document needs to be prepared.
i'm the only one alive on the deed .i let my nieces live on the property ,to kep up the land and taxes which they are behind in both ,.how can i do a quick deed transfer to my daughter who will pay the taxes ,or what is the correct way to handle this property ,to sell half and pass the rest to the... Read more »
Thank you for your question. You should consult with a probate attorney to look at the facts of your family situation regarding this land to determine if one or more estates need to be opened with the probate court to transfer this property from your mother's name to her heirs. Once estates have...Read more »
My mother moved to FL a month before passing away, before that she lived in PR. My mother had a company in PR which I was told that cannot be inherited. My father took over that and aold everything, even trucks that were left under my aunts name to protect againat him and his other kids. Now he... Read more »
You need to consult with a probate attorney to help determine whether the property in Florida is your mother's homestead for probate purposes. This will help determine the heirs. In general, however, unless your mother signed a deed that transferred the property to her husband, there will need to...Read more »
My mother has been in a nursing home since 2012 and my father had a $50K face value life insurance policy with a cash surrender value that has increases to about $4K for many months. Should she borrow money against it, will Medicaid ask for their money back if it was an oversight?
I would need some more facts to help you with this question. Is your father still living? If he is still living, and he does not also live in a nursing home, then he can have $126,420. in assets. The facts you provide are a little bit unclear as to who owns this policy. You are welcome to repost...Read more »
If the property is in the deceased person's sole name, then an estate would need to be opened to transfer the property to the heirs. There are other types of deeds (life estate with remainder person, joint tenants with rights of survivorship, husband and wife) that would only require the recording...Read more »
I am so sorry to hear about your wife's passing. You will need an attorney to represent you to petition the court to appoint you as personal representative of her estate, so that you can continue to pursue the claim in her law suit. Once you are appointed personal representative, and if there are...Read more »
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