Q: what does she need to do now?
My friend was appointed administrator of the estate after her husband died with out a will. He has three daughters from previous marriages that are entitled to their part of the estate. Two of them signed papers for a buyout of their part of the estate. The court approved the buyout and the judge signed the approval. Then my friends lawyer suddenly died. She has copies of all these procedures and what she needs to know now is this all she needs before she sends the checks to those two daughters?
A: If your friend thinks she is in further need of legal representation, she should contact the local probate court. Lawyers have a form to file with the court when they take over a deceased lawyer's practice. If this is a dependent administration, there are further steps she must take. If this is an independent administration, she should at least get a Receipt and Release in exchange for the checks. She must also file the 1040 and perhaps a 1041.
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