Hello, thank you for taking the time to hopefully answer my questions. My sister passed away a few months ago and we are working to wrap up a few things. She has some benefits, paychecks, 401k etc. from her job and they are saying that we need to set up a small estate. She lived and passed in... Read more »
There are several options for small estates, depending upon the size of the estate and the type of assets involved. You should be able to find legal counsel who will provide a free consultation to determine your options and identify the cost. If there are sufficient assets in the estate, you...Read more »
My brother passed they did a DD in his probate I filed a petition for probate for our mothers property which now they say will be dismissed because of the DD on my brothers estate… he was not a owner of her property she was the sole owner…
It is not unusual that the estates of multiple people relate to one another. There is not enough information in your inquiry to explain why the determination of descent for your brother's estate would eliminate the need for probate of your mother's estate. If you are trying to handle your...Read more »
As a general matter, it is not a requirement to have a will typed, and there is no requirement that the will be typed by someone other than yourself. However, there are a LOT of other variables to consider. As a probate and estate planning attorney, I've seen countless messes that not only...Read more »
In Kansas, a Will, by itself, won't transfer any assets until it has been probated. This is a court process usually supervised by a Judge. I would highly recommend speaking with a lawyer about this situation. Your lawyer can help review the Will and present it to the probate court. There...Read more »
"Living will" is another name for Advance Directive for Health Care, which is a document that sets forth your values with respect to end of life care. There is definitely value in having one regardless of your age or net worth.
You might have meant to refer to a Will aka Last...Read more »
My husband is refinancing his mortgage. We are now married so the bank said I have to be a grantor. It looks like the grantors (both my husband and I) are required to pay the taxes. Is this legal? Should it not say the borrower is responsible for the taxes instead of the grantors? (It specifically... Read more »
It looks like there are a number of different topics/questions here. Generally speaking, a bank will want both spouses to sign the mortgage, which is to say they want both spouses to consent to the lien being attached to the real estate. As a married couple, both spouses have an interest in the...Read more »
I live out of state. I'm in the middle of probate in KS, and I want to change my lawyer and complete the process myself, is this possible? If so, what are the steps and would I need to appear in KS at some point?
When a person dies without a will, he is said to have died “intestate”, and the persons who inherit from him are determined by that state’s laws of “intestate succession”. The laws of intestate succession direct a hierarchy of kinship that generally favor the spouse and children first,...Read more »
Kansas allows for the probate of wills executed outside the state. K.S.A 59-609 provides that a will executed outside the state in the manner prescribed for Kansas wills, or by the law of the place of it was signed, or by the law of the place testator's residence either at the time of its...Read more »
My uncle and I were my grandmother's financial and medical DPOA's. We had to place her in nursing facility on 3.25.21 and her home was then listed for sale on 3.26.21 to pay expenses. My uncle signed the listing agreement on her behalf on that date and a contract was placed for the... Read more »
Your question is highly fact-specific, not a general question that can be answered with a general answer. You need a personal consultation with an attorney who can review all of the facts and give you personalized advice.
Assets are bank account approx. $175k which she named 2 dtrs as co-owners. 40 acres of farmland that also names these 2 dtrs on the title. All children are in agreement to divide evenly 4 ways. All agree to hold the land at the present time. It is currently being rented by a farmer. It yields... Read more »
Your fidelity to fulfilling your mother's wishes is admirable. She would be proud. There are some details that are undefined that could be important to the proper method of implementing your mother's wishes and you should seek the advice of an attorney and a tax advisor.
It would be possible for a husband and wife to transfer their residence to the wife as trustee under a revocable living trust established by her and naming her as the initial trustee. The trust could provide for the husband to have the right to live in the house during his lifetime. Mortgage and...Read more »
If you, your father, and brother represent all of the persons with a possible interest in your grandmother's estate, the three of you may enter into a valid settlement agreement that controls the ownership of property in the estate. There are several steps that you would have to follow to...Read more »
The options available to you depend upon the nature and amount of assets in the estate, whether a will exists, and the cooperation of all of the persons who are heirs at law or named in the will, if any. For small estates not involving real estate or intangible assets such as stocks, there is a...Read more »
Kansas has statutes and case law that recognize that undue influence and manipulation of an elderly person is wrong. In some instances, it is a crime. In some instances, the court has the power to right the wrong. In both instances, the court's job is a difficult one. As all people age, their...Read more »
My friends housemate passed away recently. They lived together for about 10 years in one house (owned by the living housemate) in Missouri. The deceased had no family at all that were living, except for one estranged brother who may be in prison, whereabouts unknown and no will made out. The... Read more »
A Kansas attorney could advise best here, but your post remains open for four weeks. At this point, you might not want to lose more time waiting for a response in a different legal category, but this is something that attorneys in the Probate and Estate Planning categories would have the most...Read more »
There are a number of factors here. Generally, estate representatives can charge a reasonable fee for services rendered. However, if you are actually appointed as the representative for the estate via the court process, the Judge will ultimately have to approve your fees. If an estate...Read more »
My husband passed away 3 years ago in Kansas. He had properties in Kansas and Arkansas. The executor for his case requested documents in this past February. I haven't hard anything about this since then. What can I do to get updates for this case and move on?
Surviving spouses certainly have rights in Kansas. If there is reason to think the administrator/executor isn't doing what they need to be doing, I would strongly encourage you to talk to an attorney. They may be able to file certain motions with the Court to get things going, or there may...Read more »
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