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0 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: When an estate is closed is it the acting attorneys job to reference court documents to name the correct (new) owner?

A state appointed attorney failed to turn in paperwork in a timely manner, thus resulting in my great grandmothers estate being closed after my grandmothers passing. Her mom had left her property and my grandmother had deeded me hers. Tax records/property owner details reverted back to my... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: My dad and mother share a life estate and are divorced, but they are leaving their life estate to their 3 children. The

Land is currently in one piece, not designated into 3 as to who gets which piece. My sister is wanting to build a house on her piece that she will get but my mom is refusing to designate who gets what piece because she says it will break the life estate. Will drawing up the tract and designating... View More

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answered on Apr 17, 2024

If Mom and Dad only have life estates, then none of their issue will get anything at their deaths. Hire a GA attorney to search that title and determine ownership. If you stated the facts correctly, then nobody wants to build on the tract. Who is the remainderman?

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Elder Law and Estate Planning for Georgia on
Q: Bro & I have POA for 93 yr old Mom.He takes her $. Mom has to sell house to pay for care. Where put $ keep from him?

She is in asst livg. He uses credit card for her meds etc & 4 himself & checks from her SS. I live diff state. Property val near $1 m. All her cash is gone, for her care. What vehicle to use for sale proceeds ensure safety of $?

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

If your brother is stealing from your mother, you might need to file a petition to have yourself appointed as your mother‘s conservator. Then, as conservator, you can sue your brother for the funds he stole. And, as conservator, you will have the sole right to manage her financial affairs going... View More

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Q: Biological and step-parent dies with no will, does the step-child have rights to the step-parent's property in Georgia?

The step-parent has living relatives: Mom and siblings

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answered on Mar 13, 2024

The simple answer is no. But, when parent died, child would be an heir to her natural parent's estate. Depending on facts of case, an equitable adoption might exist between step parent and step child that would allow for inheritance. You should see a probate lawyer about that possibility.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security, Estate Planning, Probate and Public Benefits for Georgia on
Q: Teacher retirement benefits

If the husband dies and leaving the widow the benefits and she dies, who shall the benefits go to?

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

When a teacher passes away and leaves their retirement benefits to a widow, the next steps regarding the benefits after the widow's death depend on the specific rules of the retirement system. Each retirement system has its own set of policies for the distribution of benefits after the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Georgia on
Q: My friend died and I paid to bury her. Can I get paid back from her estate before the money is paid to beneficiaries?

I know that she has money in the estate.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

In the situation where you've paid for your friend's burial expenses and you believe there are funds in her estate to reimburse you, it's important to understand the legal process for handling debts and distributions from an estate. Generally, creditors, including individuals who... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Family Law and Tax Law for Georgia on
Q: How can I find out if I’m a beneficiary to multi investment accounts from my deceased grandma…

I speculated my grandmas original will was swapped for a forged one reflecting my mom as the sole beneficiary and there’s nothing that I could do unless I had the original will, which I did not…

So my mom never informed the brokerage companies of my grandma death nor put it in probate.... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

I'm sorry for your difficult situation. There are a few options to determine if you are still a designated beneficiary on any of your deceased grandmother's investment accounts:

1) Contact each investment firm directly (e.g. bank, brokerage, etc) providing copies of the death...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Immigration Law and Wrongful Death for Georgia on
Q: Can my lawyer set up a bank account for my mother who is now passed and was an illegal alien? My lawyer can’t find a way

My brother passed years ago. My mom and stepdad filed a wrongful death lawsuit, but both passed before the case was won. The proceeds from the case were split in half. One half to the children of my stepdad, and the other half to the children of my mother. The children of my stepdad had no trouble... View More

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answered on Jan 7, 2024

You may be able to apply for an Individal Taxpayer's Identification Number (ITIN) for your mom with which you should be able to open a bank account for her in the USA. If that doesn't work, you could try to start a probate case so the Court can determine that those funds do... View More

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Q: If my spouse has died and my name isn't on the deed, only theirs, how can I get the deed transferred to me?

Outside of death certificate, what forms do i need to fill out?

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

Generally speaking, you have to open an estate to transfer real estate. However, you must share the estate with your spouse's children after paying all debts of your spouse. You could also file for a Year's Support.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Georgia on
Q: Is my late uncle's wife entitled to his part of the inheritance?

My grandmother passed away a few years ago. Her house was left to her surviving children. Recently, 2 of his siblings passed away, both with leaving children of their own. My dad and his sisters want to do a major renovation on the house, but my uncle's widow is insistent that she's... View More

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answered on Jan 3, 2024

It depends on whether your grandmother and uncle had a will. If neither of them did, then your uncle's wife and your uncle's children inherit his portion of the property. The husband and children of your aunt who is also deceased are also joint owners of the property. If your uncle or... View More

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Q: What steps should I take to have deeds from my father's home changed to my name I'm his only child he passed last decemb
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answered on Dec 22, 2023

You will need to file probate. The form of probate you need to file depends on whether your father left a will or not. If your father left a will, you will need to probate the will in solemn form. It is usually a better option than probating the will in common form. If your father did not leave a... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Georgia on
Q: My father died unexpectedly last December 9th and I am his only child. What type of attorney should I search for and

What steps should I begin taking to have the deeds transferred to my name

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

In Georgia, handling the estate of a deceased parent, especially transferring property deeds, requires specific legal steps. You should look for an attorney experienced in probate and estate planning. This type of attorney will guide you through the process of administering your father's... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Tax Law for Georgia on
Q: My parents reside in Puerto Rico and want to contribute to my daughter's education. Is there a gift tax exclusion in PR?
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answered on Dec 25, 2023

In Puerto Rico, like in the United States, there are provisions for gift tax exclusions. Your parents can give gifts up to a certain amount each year without incurring gift tax. As of 2023, the annual gift tax exclusion in the United States is $16,000 per recipient. Since Puerto Rico follows... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Georgia on
Q: Can a trust be changed if terms were not applied properly?

My husband had a minors trust that ended when he turned 21 at which time his trust terms indicated that he had a right to terminate the trust and receive all funds from it. He does not remember ever being informed of this, and the terms basically say that he had six months to apply his right of... View More

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answered on Dec 14, 2023

In order to determine what rights your husband has, it would be necessary to review the full terms of the trust. If the trust is governed by the laws of the State of Georgia, it is possible to terminate, amend, or otherwise modify the trust with the consent of all of the beneficiaries. Schedule a... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: A devise of “any interest “to Ga. real estate titled in corporation where he was sole shareholder.Valid?
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answered on Dec 12, 2023

No, worthless. No legal description, no recording information, and real property is conveyed by deed not a contract term.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Georgia on
Q: My domestic partner of 10 years passed away named me as beneficiary on insurance however, no will. Do I have rights?

We have resided together for past 10 years. After the funeral the father told me to stay in the house because that is what his son would have wanted. 3 days later different story he said that he and sister have to sell the house to pay the lawyers. They also have all monies from bank account and... View More

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answered on Dec 10, 2023

If you were not legally married in Georgia or another state, then your rights will be limited to what is in writing. If the life insurance policy lists you as the beneficiary, you will be entitled to the insurance proceeds. Unfortunately, if there is no will, your rights will be limited. Schedule a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Estate Planning and Probate for Georgia on
Q: Can a person that is a temporary administrator determine who can live in the deceased’s home or who needs to be evicted?
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answered on Nov 21, 2023

No, a temporary administrator does not have the authority to determine who can live in the deceased's home or who needs to be evicted. This is because a temporary administrator is only appointed to manage the estate of the deceased until a permanent administrator or executor is appointed. The... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Estate Planning and Elder Law for Georgia on
Q: If a tenant gets arrested for a felony of domestic violence and false imprisonment is that automatic grounds for evictio

She was already way behind on rent and had broken the rental agreement...

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answered on Oct 30, 2023

Obviously there are already grounds for breach of lease contract and the owner can sue for possession now.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Georgia on
Q: I have a question about what “per stirpes” means in my mom’s will

I live in Georgia. My mom’s will splits her estate between me and my two sisters equally and includes the phrase “per stirpes”. I have no children (natural or adopted) and no grandchildren. If I die before my mom, who does my share of the estate go to?

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answered on Oct 10, 2023

If you die before your mother and you have no lineal descendants born or adopted, your share would go to your two sisters or their lineal descendants should they have any. Instead of being split three ways, your mother's estate would be split two ways between your two sisters or their lineal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Hello. Can you tell me if an executor can transfer a property that is in an llc to a person? Thanks

I was just curious to see if my uncles executor can sign a house that his wife is living in over to my mother in the state of Georgia? My mother is her caretaker and she is the beneficiary of the will. The house is in an llc. Thankyou

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answered on Oct 2, 2023

Generally, the ability of an executor to transfer property held in an LLC depends on the operating agreement of the LLC and the terms of the will. It's essential to review these documents to determine the authority granted to the executor in such transactions.

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