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Q: Is there a POA that only takes effect if a person is incompetent here in New Mexico?

My father has dementia and is getting worse by the day now. However he has good days when he is totally present mentally and bad days when he not in his right mind unable to understand simple things or even remember simple steps of daily activities, forgetting what things are ect. I am the person... View More

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Q: My father was leaving me his truck but totalled it in an accident. However a settlement was provided to him but my

brother will not let him purchase another vehicle so now I am getting nothing what can I do about this if his will says I am to get his truck but the truck is gone?

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Q: My elderly mother verbally told all her children , that who ever cared for her in her home keeps her house . Outside wil

My elderly mother offered her home to any of children in exchange for her care but not stated in her will. Not one of her children cared for her . I am the only one of her children that did all the care she had Alzheimer's and died of it in Sept 2023. Who is entitled to her home if not... View More

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answered on Nov 27, 2023

a verbal promise to leave real estate to someone in exchange for caregiving services can be enforceable under certain circumstances. This is known as a "contract to make a will." The elements of a valid contract to make a will are as follows:

The testator (the person making the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Elder Law for New Mexico on
Q: Is a verbal wish of elderly parent (mother) valid with more then two witnesses.
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answered on Nov 27, 2023

In your case, it is unlikely that your mother's verbal wish to leave her house to you would be valid. This is because she was not in contemplation of imminent death when she made the wish and she was not a soldier or sailor. Additionally, it is possible that your siblings could challenge your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Mexico on
Q: Can my parents get kicked out if they are being cared for at home due to health problems

The landlord claims that there were people in the front yard doing drugs however my parents have no idea of any of that going on if it was. My parents are a little bit behind due to medical bills and health problems and have been struggling to make ends meet. I feel like the other tenet is make... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 22, 2023

I'm sorry your parents are being treated like this, given their difficult circumstances. A New Mexico attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Repost this and add the category "Landlord-Tenant." You may not have seen the category at first because you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for New Mexico on
Q: Can an Amendment to a Trust document be voided because of inaccuracies?

#1 The Amendment changes the terms stated in a specific Article of the Trust , but the Reference is erroneous. In this instance, said Amendment refers to Paragraph 6.K of Article VI, but there is no such paragraph. There is however, a paragraph 6.G.

#2 The Amendment was based on the... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2023

Assuming the Settlor of the Trust is making the Amendments, he can usually amend a revocable trust any time he wants, erroneous or not. The Successor Trustee may be charged with having to pay into the Trust he runs. If he disagrees, he might want to resign as Trustee. Successor Trustee needs... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Elder Law for New Mexico on
Q: I HAVE BEEN WORKING FULL TIME FROM HOME FOR 6 MONTHS UNDER A DR'S CARE FOR A SUDDEN HEART PROBLEM.

I HAVE BEEN MEDICALLY RELEASED TO RETURN TO WORK. MY EMPLOYER TOLD ME I'M A LIABILITY AND FORBIDS ME TO RETURN TO THE OFFICE AS A OFFICE MANAGER. I HAVE NO IDEA IF HE IS GOING TO CONTINUE PAYING ME CONSIDERING EACH WEEK MY WORK HAS BEEN REDUCED AND GIVEN TO MY ASSISTANT WHO EARNS CONSIDERABLY... View More

Deena L. Buchanan
Deena L. Buchanan
answered on Jun 29, 2019

You should definitely reach out to a New Mexico employment lawyer about this. You are describing retaliation for taking leave for a serious medical condition, which is illegal under New Mexico law. While you have a smaller employer, New Mexico employment law protects employees as long as the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for New Mexico on
Q: Cared4 Grandma & Down Syndrome Uncle.Grandma passed.Aunts took Uncle,want house. Its willed2 me When uncle dies.what now

Uncle being disabled I became his state paid caregiver after grandma got too old to do it anymore. The house is his, now that Grandma's passed. The house is where grandma raised me and my Uncle. But my Aunts who have my Uncle now don't know "what to do about the house"? When my... View More

Inna Fershteyn
Inna Fershteyn
answered on Oct 24, 2017

It's not a family law it's a probate question. What does a will say? You need estate lawyer consultation. If there is no will Intestate succession laws govern

Sincerely,

Inna Fershteyn

Law Office of Inna Fershteyn and Associates, P.C.

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Q: My father married a woman they have been married 5 years. 2years into the marriage he was diagnosed with dementia.

I am 53 an only child and I believe she manipulated my father into changing his entire estate into her name. He had a revocable living trust. Can I reverse this, they did not advise the attorney at the time that he had dementia. The attorney said he appeared to be in his right mind. Which his mind... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Apr 1, 2016

You probably can petition to challenge his revocation of the trust, claiming that he lacked the mental capacity to do so. Was he the trustee as well as the trustor?

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