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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandfather left his house to me in his will ,so after the reading of the will can I change the locks on the house
Stephen M. Asbel
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Stephen M. Asbel
answered on Sep 28, 2022

The short answer is no. The house must pass through the estate administration. The executor must first ensure that your grandfather's debts, if any are addressed, that the administrative expenses of the estate are paid, and the required inheritance tax and any other tax obligations that may... Read more »

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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: My Cousin (27 y/0 (F)) lives with my aunt. Aunt controls her life. Can't reach out to her without going through aunt 1st

She was very controlling when we saw them roughly 8 years ago. Mother has tried herself to get ahold of cousin with little to no success. I am worried for her as her mental state was that of one who was 'conditioned' to not have a choice in life.

0 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How can I find out ex’s new earning capacity for child support at new job for modification? Receiving income withholding

I started receiving more money for child support and the amount is equal every time, which has never been the case before. I am positive that it is income withholding for child support from a new job my ex must have gotten because ex is in substantial arrears. That is great, but now I want to have... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: I won a contempt case against my son's mother. She was ordered to pay my fees + additional. She has not paid. Next step

She went to jail shortly after losing said contempt case. Has now been free for 8 months with no payments. Do I file for contempt, again, or is this now small claims?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it possible to file for custody while pregnant?

I am pregnant with my first child and ended things with the father. I asked if we could come to an agreement between the two of us vs going to courts and he is now threatening to go for custody. He cannot take care of himself, he does not support himself. He lives at home with his parents and blows... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush
answered on Sep 14, 2022

No, you cannot file for custody until after the baby is born. You're lucky that his mother is supportive of you. She can be your greatest ally if you make sure that she sees her new grandbaby. I suggest that you consult with a local family law attorney for guidance.

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My mom can't take care of herself. Her house is infested she has black mold in her fridge. How can I help her.

She lives in Boqueron. I live in Pennsylvania. She has fallen quite a few times also. She can barely clean herself.

0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: After a custody exchange dispute, my ex mother-in-law called CYS and made false reports, can I file anything against her

I have a PFA on her son, he pled guilty to simple assault and disorderly conduct after trying to hit me and my newborn with a car with our children and his mother inside his car.

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My brother moved into my moms house after she was diagnosed with dementia, now he says the house is his.

My sister who was my moms poa gave it to him but her will gives it to the kids

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I asked a previous question regarding domestic violence and being kicked out of my home. I now live in my grandmothers

Home, that I cared for for years but had to go to a nursing home and she had a reverse mortgage on the home and is now in foreclosure and so I will need to find a place to live or buy the property at forclosure? Is that my only option?

David Kennedy Bifulco
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answered on Sep 6, 2022

There are specific rules regarding the purchase/repayment of the reverse mortgage by a family member. If the reason for the foreclosure is that your Grandmother is in a Nursing Home the contract should have provisions that cover this situation. It could be dependent on her status and whether it... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Pennsylvania on
Q: Who recieves money left in a checking account?

Father-In-Law passed away in December, there is only his wife (my mother-in law) and my wife (his daughter) surviving him. My Wife is the executor. There's no mention to where it goes in will. Only thing the will says is that the house is left to his wife (my mother in law) and that his... Read more »

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Aug 4, 2022

Under PA law, the appointed executor's duty is to implement the expressed intent of the testator, as expressed in the probated Will.

If an asset of the testator is not disposed or bequeathed by that Will, it is for the Court, not the Executor, to determine the testator's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: What should I do once the pfa order against me expires today? My husband lied in order to obtain to begin with.
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
answered on Jun 16, 2022

I am not sure what you mean by your question. If the order has lapsed it no longer is in effect. Sounds like you still should avoid each other though.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Collections and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have power of attorney to someone.Who refuses to repay me?

I covered all thr expenses while they wer incarcerated including paying for power of attorney lawyer. They now are working and refuse to repay me

David Kennedy Bifulco
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answered on Jun 16, 2022

Without more information it is not possible to answer your question. You should contact an attorney that is experienced in collections and provide the attorney with all the details to get an answer to your questions.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Pennsylvania on
Q: I want to keep my mom's home, she passed away in April, and there's a balance on her mortgage, how?

It has a 26 thousand dollars balance, can I keep it or do I have to sell it?

Stephen M. Asbel
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Stephen M. Asbel
answered on Jun 7, 2022

To fully answer your question would require additional information because whether or not you can keep the house will depend upon a number of factors. Are there other assets which can be used to pay off the mortgage? Are there other debts beside the mortgage which must be paid? Are there other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: In Pennsylvania, can you lock your husband out of the house for a night?

I am in a toxic situation. I'm dealing with mental abuse. I don't have the money to obtain an attorney to file for divorce. I need a night of peace and for him to calm down.

Karen  Ulmer
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answered on May 21, 2022

Until a court order is entered, the home belongs to both of you. If you lock him out, he is within his legal right to gain access. If you lock him out it may only elevate the mental abuse. If you can stay with a friend or family for a night that may be less confrontational. If he does anything to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If there is unclaimed death benefits from my grandparents who died 28 years ago is it hard to claim

I am the only child of their only child and they have no siblings left alive. My father who was their only child died 20 years ago. They had no will.

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko
answered on May 19, 2022

Your question is not specific enough to answer. What are “death benefits?” Is this life insurance, real estate, etc.?

As a general proposition, a portion of estate assets would ordinarily go from one grandparent to the other and a portion would have gone to your dad, unless your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: in the state of PA how can i get my moms belongings from her partner and he is not letting us in house
Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Apr 7, 2022

Im sorry by I am a New Jersey family law attorney and cannot give you advice on how to address an issue involving a dispute in Penn. Please direct your inquiry to a Penn lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Sibling and I are beneficiaries on grandmother's will.grandparents had custody of me. I want the house I live in.

My sister wants me to sell the house. She wants the money. I grew up in and have lived in this house for 20 plus years. My grandparents took custody of me because my mother left me with them as a child. I don't have the money to buy her out, but I want my house.

John B. Whalen, Jr.
John B. Whalen, Jr.
answered on Mar 30, 2022

… hello …

… from the information you have shared, that seems difficult … have you spoken to the Executor? …

John

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Family Law and Insurance Defense for Pennsylvania on
Q: i got into a car accident. my insurance is under my fathers name but my car is my name. who does the insurance money

go to. my father is keeping the money from me so i can’t get a new car. what do i do

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Mar 7, 2022

You may or may not have left out some relevant facts but I will try to answer----if the insurance company is paying a property damage claim for the vehicle then it should pay the titled owner(s) of the vehicle.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am 20 years old and my parents are trying to block my polish passport, can they do that?

I am trying to make a trip and my parents will not let me, I am 20 years old and I issued my passport when I was still underage. Can they block my passport?

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Feb 22, 2022

No. After 18 you are legal adult and no one parent has any right to cancel your passport. If they persist call the police, as they have no right to conceal a legal US Passport from its holder for any reason, or go ahead and apply for a new one.

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Family Law and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is this real money that was left for me
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 30, 2022

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Some information may have been left off here. It isn't fully clear in what context the money left for you materialized, and your post straddles a number of categories - each could have different manners in... Read more »

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