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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Should it be taking over 5 months for an attorney to place legal notice in newspaper trying to locate a missing heir?

Deceased died without will. 2 children. 1 of those deceased with 2 sons. Living child took care of deceased for last 3 years of life. 1 grandson last known address was in woods out of state other is some other state with no contact. Attorney 1st contact Nov2023. Living child now responsible for... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Family Law, Federal Crimes and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: According to genealogy when I was a young child in 1983 a untrustworthy trustee changed the name do I start an appeal?

Do I need to hire the genealogists to prove that it is indeed my heritance? If it was already done in 1983 lawyer xx should have it in his files he was writing everything down do I have to prove it again I had three people do it in triplicate.

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Q: My husband was an heir along with his 4 (four) brothers (by will) , and inherited their mother’s home in Puerto Rico.

My husband was a resident of South Carolina (US), he has passed away and had NO will. I have read the three part step in declaring heirs, taxes, and establishing an “instancia.” My question as the wife and mother of our minor son is can I have an atty here in SC write out a form stating that I... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Where can an undocumented couple get a marriage license?
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Jun 28, 2024

Different states have different rules on who qualifies for a marriage license. As regards to foreign nationals, some states require an unexpired passport while others will accept an expired one. This distinction can even be seen in different counties in the same state. Nevada for example is very... View More

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0 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Identity Theft and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Can a borrower request another foreclosure court date if tried in my absence because of mtg co fault?

Mtg co started escalation process after complaint I filed with the CFPB about discrepancies in the servicing of my mtg . And I was told by mtg co they'd postpone the court date due to this? They didn't and foreclosure court was held in my absence and sell date scheduled! A co contacted me... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Can someone sue when there is no will

Within probate and non relatives are threatening the son of deceased

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answered on Jun 10, 2024

Heirs and Next of Kin have standing to sue about issues concerning their interests in a Decedent's properties.

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Q: can i purchase real property from a closed probate estate?

The property in question is in the deceased's name who died ten years ago. She only had one heir listed in her probate case who was also her personal representative. Her parents were deceased and no other relatives (if any) could be found. The case was closed due to inactivity because the PR... View More

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

Hire a SC attorney that knows real property to search the title and determine heirship. Then make offers to each heir for their quit claim deed to you. Who is paying the taxes? If noone, there may be a tax sale or a foreclosure sale.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: I’m the spouse of deceased who was in charge of heir property?? Do I have any rights?
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answered on Mar 1, 2024

If you're the spouse of a deceased person who was managing heir property, your rights to the property depend on several factors, including the laws of the state where the property is located, whether there was a will, and how the property was titled. Generally, spouses have certain rights to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My Mother's Will divided assets between my sister and I but my sister died before my mom. What happens to her portion.
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answered on Feb 6, 2024

In South Carolina, if a beneficiary named in a will dies before the testator (the person who made the will), the disposition of the deceased beneficiary's share depends on the specific terms of the will and state law. Typically, wills include provisions for what happens if a beneficiary... View More

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Q: I am an only child and my mother just passed away. She was married. No will. Bank account her name only. Help in SC prob

I haven't even been allowed to go through my mother's belongings. And I'm just needing some legal advice of what I can and can't do. I'm basically just wanting to make sure I get my great grandmother's handmade dishes thats been passed down that my mother told me she... View More

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In South Carolina, when someone passes away without a will, their assets typically go through the probate process to determine how they should be distributed. As the deceased's only child, you may have rights to inherit a portion of your mother's estate under intestate succession laws,... View More

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Q: How does inheritance work? Probate closed and haven't received anything

My dad passed away a year ago. We recieved a letter for being listed in the will. My brother got a copy of the will were were listed a certain dollar amount ..probate has closed and we have recieved nothing. I don't know how it works or what we should do.

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

In South Carolina, the probate process involves the administration of a deceased person's estate, ensuring the distribution of assets according to their will or intestate succession laws if there's no will. If probate has been closed, it suggests that the assets were distributed as per... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Wrongful Death and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: How do I get my deceased father's medical records in Anderson sc.
Roy Willey
Roy Willey
answered on Dec 18, 2023

You will need to go to the probate court and set up an estate. Once you have the Certificate of Appointment that makes you or someone a Personal Representative for the Estate from the probate court you will be able to take that and demonstrate that you have the authority to obtain those medical... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: I need a probate attorney. My husband passed away Oct. 19 in a nursing facility. I can't handle his estate.

We were separated and I don't know if he even had a will. I need help. I know he had inherited money and had bought a house. Need video conferencing or phone conferencing. I cannot come to an office due to my health.

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answered on Nov 8, 2023

Attorneys in this forum are not allowed to "solicit" clients. An attorney cannot respond with an answer like "I can help". YOU need to contact the attorney. Click on "Find a Lawyer" in the upper right hand corner of this page and then search for a probate attorney in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Hi,my husband had taken out td fit loan almost 2 yrs. ago unfortunately he passed in Dec.72022. His name only am I respo

Went to probate then to bank said I may have to pay off.

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answered on Oct 18, 2023

In South Carolina, when a person passes away, their debts are typically paid from their estate, which includes their assets and property. If your late husband had a TD Fit Loan in his name only, it would typically be considered his individual debt, and the responsibility for paying it off would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Elder Law, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Is there any way I can keep my father's house?

My father passed away recently. He signed a will on his deathbed naming 4 family heirs with the executor as my brother, who has already decided to sell the house despite my protest and sentimental attachment. I offered to buy out his shares and he was not interested. He's also convinced my... View More

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answered on Oct 18, 2023

You can always buy the house from the estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Can the executor sell a house without being on the deed, or would I have to distribute the deed through probate first?

I am planning to sell the home to a cash buyer, but before that I need to know if I have the authority to do so in South Carolina.

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answered on Sep 20, 2023

In South Carolina, an executor can sell a house without being on the deed, but they need the appropriate authority, either granted by the will or by the probate court. It's essential to ensure the house has been formally transferred through probate and that the estate holds clear title to the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: South Carolina Probate - Could this case be declared void for lack of jurisdiction?

SC law regarding venue for probate requires it be in the county where the decedent was domiciled at the time of her death, and if she was not living in the state, then in the county where her property was located at the time of her death. The Decedent's death certificate states she was a... View More

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answered on Sep 18, 2023

Your motion to remove the fiduciary for cause, and possible dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, is very late. If no property has been distributed yet, then file the motions. A SC Court cannot directly transfer property in VA, but an ancillary probate in VA can. If there are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My brother passed away 11/5/2022. He did not have a Will.

He was not married and had no children. It is just me and my and my younger brother who lives in another state.

I am the Personal Representative. The younger brother has said he is fine with me getting everything. He will sign off to that as well. The house is paid for. I am taking care of... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 30, 2023

It depends on whether the probate court appointed you as an independent personal representative or a dependent personal representative. Your probate lawyer should explain these differences to you. Even if court approval is required, under the circumstances you describe it should be perfunctory.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Can a claim be made against an estate after it has been closed. My father had a small estate opened in SC 7 months

After death. It was closed by the probate judge within 2 weeks since the only asset was a mobile home valued at 7500.00. Now a neighbor submitted a claim for $1000.00 saying my dad and his wife owed them money. Is this even valid?

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answered on Aug 11, 2023

Administrator needs to file an objection to the claim as barred, or possibly even ignore it. Consult with a SC attorney that knows Probate.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My dad passed away Easter Day 2021 my mom just passed away May 28th 2023 they did not leave me as beneficiary

I do not have no brothers or sisters I'm my only child I was born in 1981 why do I have to go to probate they own their own home they did not have no liens on it or anything they made me personal representative at probate for something I think everything is rightfully mine don't have no... View More

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answered on Jul 21, 2023

In situations like yours, where a person passes away without a will (intestate), their assets typically go through the probate process to determine how they will be distributed. The probate court will handle the distribution of the estate according to state laws, which can vary depending on the... View More

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