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Q: My father recently died and his ex wife is still on deed and was wondering if I had a chance to claim it? He had no will

It was a legacy deed but they have been divorced 5+ years and she lives in another state

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

Hire a competent MS attorney to search the title and determine ownership. You might own an interest as an heir or she may own the fee. If so, you may want to make a cash offer for her to deed the property to you.

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Q: My dad passed away in 2008 and left no will. I am trying to file a claim on behalf of his estate. He resided in MS.

How do I become authorized to file on his behalf and how long does the process take?

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

Consult with a MS attorney. But there is a good chance the SOL has already run on any cause of action your Father had at death.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: What type of new Deed transfers property from an Administratrix Deed in MS? After Death, but with Judge's Orders?

Because i still need to transfer title after filing Affadavit To Heirship(?)

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

To transfer property in Mississippi from an Administratrix Deed after someone's death with the judge's orders, you typically need to use a Quitclaim Deed or a Warranty Deed, depending on the circumstances.

First, ensure that you've filed the Affidavit of Heirship as required...
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Q: Does the administratrix has complete control over the estate without the other next of kin opinion of what to be sold

I like to know can they make decisions without the other next of kin opinions on it because I’m dealing with that now. Selling and taking possession of everything and the judge just rulings on everything they ask for and we don’t know nothing until I go to the courthouse and ask for copies of... View More

Randall R. Saxton
Randall R. Saxton
answered on Nov 30, 2023

Generally, the administrator must sell everything in order to generate cash to pay creditors and to divide the assets to distribute equally and fairly between the heirs.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Land Use & Zoning for Mississippi on
Q: Hello, what is the process to heir property in MS??

Currently there are 3 siblings, we agree to have the land placed in the youngest name. However, now we need to know how to have the property in all of ours name in case she gets married.

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answered on Oct 25, 2023

Apparently the heirs have not come to an agreement. Hire a MS attorney to search the title, determine heirship, and either draft a deed according to your wishes or sell the property.

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Q: Can my father sell his partitioned land that he inherited from his parents through a reserved life estate to his sister?

My father inherited 10.13 acres of land from his parents through a reserved life estate and my sister and I were to inherit the land after his death but instead without our knowledge he sold it to his sister. What rights do I have at this point and what should I do, is what he done even legal in... View More

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answered on Oct 5, 2023

I think that you have the title a little mixed up. Hire a MS attorney to search the title and then advise you of the status. He probably can sell his estate in the land.

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Q: Can my father sell his partitioned land that he inherited from his parents through a reserved life estate to his sister?

My father inherited 10.13 acres of land from his parents through a reserved life estate and my sister and I were to inherit the land after his death but instead without our knowledge he sold it to his sister. What rights do I have at this point and what should I do, is what he done even legal in... View More

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answered on Oct 5, 2023

Were you and your sister the remaindermen on his Deed? If not, then you probably had no title interest in the land. A promise to Will Devise is not enforceable.

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Q: On a life estate does the remainderman have to be named on the life tenants homeowners policy.
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answered on Sep 11, 2023

Policyholder and insurance carrier can contract either way. But the remainderman is the one potentially loosing the house itself. Life tenants lose use and probably personal property. Usually life tenants pay for policy which insures both estate holders.

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Can I earn commission for selling property if I’m a trustee of the will

I am the co executor of my brothers will and have been for 12 years. I earn a monthly income from the trust to take care of everything $833/ mo. A piece of land he owned I advertised and sold. I placed all the... View More

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answered on Aug 11, 2023

You probably need to move the Court to award you administrative and/or fiduciary fees as the executor. It will require an affidavit of services rendered and a request that the Court order it out of Estate assets. It is not a commission. Hire a MS attorney to do this.

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Q: I'm writing my will a hand written will I've hand printed it an sighed an dated it I live in ky I've followed the krs
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answered on Aug 6, 2023

Do you have a question? If so, try reposting it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Estate Planning for Mississippi on
Q: My father passed his current wife is on the dead does she automatically inherit the house? And cars only in his name?
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answered on Aug 1, 2023

Hire a MS attorney to search the land title and determine ownership as you have not stated the important terms of the Deed. She can probably sell the vehicles.

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: Can a judge deny to grant you conservatorship based off the potential conservator having a medical marijuana card?
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answered on Jul 14, 2023

A judge has the discretion to consider various factors when deciding whether to grant conservatorship, including the potential conservator's circumstances and qualifications. While having a medical marijuana card may be a factor that the judge takes into account, it does not automatically... View More

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Q: In Mississippi, does Life Estate cancel the Look-Back Rule and the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program

my family is preparing m mother's assets. she is healthy and well now, however we are looking ahead.

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answered on May 8, 2023

No, and Federal Law targets LE/REM conveyances that are less than 5 years old. Hire a competent MS attorney to explore asset protection. Possibly Mother intends to return or never leave her home.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: What do i need to do to to get the house in my name?

Grandmother left the house to my uncle through a warranty deed. Uncle passed 6 months after grandmother. Uncle left house to me through a will. Uncle never went and did anything to have the house put in his name other than the warranty deed grandmother did. What do I do now? I am the only one named... View More

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answered on Apr 13, 2023

If the Will is not filed for Probate then Uncle's Heirs own the property as tenants in common. If you and the niece are the only heirs, then you might get her to deed her interest to you, with a derivation clause describing heirship. Whatever you do, hire a competent MS to search the... View More

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Q: My mother-in-law did a transfer on death for her home that she owned and lived in with her two adult sons. One son is my

Husband. He lived there taking care of her and working from home part of time and at our home in Arkansas. MIL left house with TOD in my husband's name only because his brother had so many school loans and she didn't want "the big man" getting on his part. Apparently there is a... View More

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answered on Feb 26, 2023

When your husband sells the home, the home equity line of credit will need to be paid off in order to pass free and clear title to the buyer. Yes, the gift of half of the proceeds to your husband's brother would be a taxable gift to the extent in excess of $17,000. However, there is a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: Do I need to probate my mom's will? I am her only heir, all of her bills are paid & she had no assets in her name.

She had 2 life insurance policies naming me as the only beneficiary. She also had joint checking account with me. I have received 3 checks since her death made out to her estate (the checks were for reimbursement of some insurance premiums). Bank says I need to open an estate account & deposit... View More

Randall R. Saxton
Randall R. Saxton
answered on Nov 29, 2022

No, you can complete a small estate affidavit and present that to the bank.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: What role does estate lawyer play in MS when the courts appoints a non family administrator of intestate estate.

Mother died without will in MS. One of 9 heirs was unwilling to compromise on division of land and assets, Heirs hired an attorney but courts appointed a non family administrator. What will the attorney use our money for if there is an administrator.

Randall R. Saxton
Randall R. Saxton
answered on Oct 24, 2022

Mississippi requires a lawyer to draft and file all of the necessary pleadings with the chancery court.

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Q: How valid is a trustee's deed from the executor of an estate trust? Shouldn't it be a warranty deed instead?

Both of my parents died last year. They maintained an estate trust. There are four children listed with my sister being designated as the executor. Recently she distributed the first disbursement in which she wrote herself and my two brothers checks for $150,000. She gave me property in the... View More

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answered on Aug 31, 2022

You do not have a right to any type of certain deed conveyance. You can make a motion in the Probate Case, or an action against the Trustee, for a better distribution of Trust Assets, but you will probably lose. Hire a MS attorney to advise you of what to do, but I think you will find that her... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: Why does my sister have to pay a lawyer to get my deceased mother's house in her name?

My mother died from a terminal illness. After mom passed away my sister said she didn't leave a will but later on she said she found a will and mom had left me her car . I also asked her about my mom's bank account cause the hospital just gave my sister my mom's debit card, she said... View More

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answered on Jun 14, 2022

This does not sound at all like you are being played. When a person dies, everything he or she owned in his or her individual name (with no beneficiary designations) must go through a legal process called probate in order to get those things transferred to the intestate heirs (no will) or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: What do I need to do to secure my minor son’s inheritance from his fathers estate, without help from his family?

I have only seen the Will of my son’s late father, who passed in 2021. The will leaves everything to our son. However, his parents took control over his businesses, properties, vehicles, guns, accounts, everything. His father is the executor and has not told me a single thing about what is... View More

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Apr 27, 2022

You should file a objection with the Court and inform the Court what is going on. There is no reason for the beneficiary to be homeless if there is a house that has been left to him. You can get a copy of the Will from the courthouse. Go to the Chancery Clerk’s office in the county where your ex... View More

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