Is a disclaimer trust used instead of a credit shelter trust but is created at the death of the first to die spouse in order to shelter his/her assets or is it used with a credit shelter trust in order to specify that you only want up to the exemption limit put inside of the credit shelter trust.... Read more »
With rights of survivorship.” We we’re not married when we bought the house but have since married. Should we change the deed to “husband and wife joint tenants with right of survivorship “ to avoid probate in the future. If one of us dies and the other wants to sell the house Or leave the... Read more »
You must transfer the deed from tenants in common to joint tenants with rights of survivorship or tenants by the entirety to avoid probate. Feel free to contact me with me if you have further questions.
You will receive your inheritance a lot faster if you do and the estate will incur less expense if you do, which translates into more inheritance for you. If you have no reason to suspect wrongdoing on the part of the executor, then I would normally say yes. But if you suspect wrongdoing, then...Read more »
The decedent passed in 2010 with a single townhouse as an asset. The executor (50% bene.) spent only four months trying to sell it and later rented in until 2018 when it was sold for $205K. The beneficiary (50% bene.) turned 21 in July 2022 and has just been informed (3 months later) that his... Read more »
Short answer is no. Without an accounting proceeding how do you know there was wrongdoing? The expense of the accounting is borne by the estate off the top, not your son's half. And, if there was wrongdoing, the executor can be surcharged a penalty for the wrongdoing. Asking for an...Read more »
i have been taking care of my mother which has dementia here at her house for last year,up until my sister put her in a home in florida 3 months ago..i have been getting emails stating that i need to vacate property within 3 months,and if i dont they will deduct $4000 month from my inheritance once... Read more »
I got a letter asking me to sign and have notarized a “Receipt, Release and Waiver” saying I received distribution from my mom’s estate. If I’m reading the legalese correctly, it also releases the executor from any liability. The letter instructs me to send this to the lawyer’s office to... Read more »
My brother is a friend of the CFP but has no legal authority for my estate - living trust. The CFP is in Georgia. I think he breached client confindentiality at the very least and likely violated a code of ethics. What recourse do I have? Is there a Board where I can lodge a complaint? Thank... Read more »
I am the administrator of my father's estate. My stepmother who is predeceased my dad took out a mortgage in her name only several years before she died. My dad never had the mortgage changed to his name neither did he add it to any paperwork he just paid it when it was due. Since his death... Read more »
You are getting bad information. If you are administrator, you are entitled to information. If a foreclosure has not started you have time. However, you will have to reinstate the mortgage by paying all arrears to avoid foreclosure. The bank will not take partial payment. Hire a lawyer to deal...Read more »
I am the administrator of my father's estate. My stepmother who predeceased him took out a mortgage in her name only. I cannot get any information on the loan until i get my name added to the deed. What is the quickest way for me to get this done. This information is needed urgently.
You may be better off reposting under the "Real Estate" category. I'm sorry your question remains open for two weeks, given the urgency of the matter. It was probably overlooked under the "Government Contracts" heading. Some questions do go unanswered on this forum, but you...Read more »
Your question may have gone unnoticed in the Family Law category. The nature of what you describe is closer to Probate and Estate Planning than Family Law. Although there's no guarantee that all questions are picked up, you might have better chances of a response under the Probate and Estate...Read more »
My mom just passed 4 weeks ago. My father didn't sign the will even though he clearly wrote it. Is it a binding document and since my mom is gone also are my father's wishes valid. My mom left no final wishes in writing
First, this is not a Family Law question. It is a wills and estates question. Having said that, a will is not notarized. It is witnessed by at least 2 witnesses and the witnesses' affidavit is notarized. Also wills are not supposed to be handwritten except in rare circumstances. So the...Read more »
I was just told by my deceased mothers financial advisor that distribution from her accounts have to be made to all beneficiaries at the same time. We are talking about an IRA and a Brokerage account both of which have designated beneficiaries named.
This may be true. Generally speaking, brokerage firms and custodians of retirement accounts have contractual terms in the account agreement regarding the timing of distributions to named beneficiaries after the death of an account holder. Additionally, depending on state and federal law, and the...Read more »
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