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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: Can the beneficiaries of a will move the deceased’s items to a storage facility until the small affidavit can be filed?

The home, in Poinsett County, is not in a safe area and the attorney that wrote the will already told us we need to remove anything valuable and put it in a safe place (people are already breaking in and stealing items). We would not be prematurely splitting assets - only moving them to a secure... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 15, 2021

You have already obtained sound legal advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: What are the options for overriding a power of attorney?

Power of attorney is the principles sister. She has completely gone above and beyond morally. Principle had surgery to see how far colon cancer has spread, he verbally told his daughter (a roommate) that her aunt will keep them posted about his surgery. Surgery was on 1/12/2021 and from that time... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 14, 2021

You might have to go to court to have a guardian appointed for this individual. Guardianship will override (revoke) the power of attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Land Use & Zoning for Arkansas on
Q: Do I need my husbands signature to sell land that is in both our names?
Steven J. Fromm
Steven J. Fromm answered on Nov 20, 2020

Yes, indeed. If the current deed has both of your names as owners then you must have him sign any deed transferring ownership to a buyer. Arkansas may allow a power of attorney to sign for him but you need to speak to a real estate attorney in your state to see if this is possible.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: Can a Grantor on a quitclaim deed also be the Grantee?

My father died without a will and my Sister and I are the only heirs. We have filed for collection of small estate and our 90 days are up. One of the properties is still in my great aunt and her partner's name and has passed through a couple of family members that were ill and was never deeded... Read more »

Paul Dumas
Paul Dumas answered on Nov 18, 2020

Sounds like you have a complex title issue that needs to be reviewed by a competent attorney or title company. Your question simply doesn’t provide the information necessary to give you an accurate answer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: Can a Grantor on a quitclaim deed also be the Grantee?

My father died without a will and my Sister and I are the only heirs. We have filed for collection of small estate and our 90 days are up. One of the properties is still in my great aunt and her partner's name and has passed through a couple of family members that were ill and was never deeded... Read more »

Paul Dumas
Paul Dumas answered on Nov 18, 2020

Sounds like you have a complex title issue that needs to be reviewed by a competent attorney or title company. Your question simply doesn’t provide the information necessary to give you an accurate answer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: Does a Letter of Administration give immediate access to deceased personal bank acct without probate or small estate?

My dad died almost a month ago without a will. His estranged wife isn't communicating with me about the affairs of his estate since we received death certificates. They were separated (not legally) and had not lived together for 5 years. His personal bank account was solely in his name and had... Read more »

Brandon M Haubert
Brandon M Haubert answered on Nov 3, 2020

You need to open a probate. You will most likely need the court to render a decision on who gets the money and probably go through the discovery process to figure out what happened with the money. The small estate affidavit process does not work in contested matters. She may have already filed a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Estate Planning and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: I am a single parent of a 13 year old whom father has passed away. I'm in my late 50's and was wondering what kinda

Of paper work I need to fill out to if I was to die before she 18 to make sure she stays with my sister and not go to foster care.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH T HARVEY

Dustin A. Duke
Dustin A. Duke answered on Sep 2, 2020

You could designate your sister as a preference for guardian for your daughter in a Will. If you need assistance in drafting a will or other estate planning documents feel free to reach out to me.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Foreclosure and Tax Law for Arkansas on
Q: My father recently passed unexpectedly. How do i find locate his debt/investments?
Rose Blondin Shea
Rose Blondin Shea answered on Aug 24, 2020

I would keep an eye on any mail that comes in his name. Most likely they will mail him something at some point at which time you can contact them. Also look for any estate plans that he has in his home perhaps in a safe or filing cabinet. If he has an estate plan you can also try to contact the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: My grandmother died and I’m the only grandchild her husband is selling the house I haven’t received anything

She worked for the state for 30 years plus and had a diamond account and the shared a home with him me she always told me she had a inheritance for me but she died unexpectedly with out a will

Dustin A. Duke
Dustin A. Duke answered on Jul 23, 2020

First, I am sorry for your loss. I am assuming that your grandmother passed away in Arkansas and that Arkansas laws apply to your situation. If your grandmother died without a will any property that is included in her probate estate would be divided between her surviving spouse (assuming that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: Can we use "small estate" probate after my mother died without a will?

My divorced mother died intestate, and my sister and I are her only heirs.

We have obtained her credit reports and determined that aside from one small collection, her only debt is the mortgage to the home we would inherit jointly had she made a will, as that had always been her intent.... Read more »

Dustin A. Duke
Dustin A. Duke answered on Jul 10, 2020

If the mortgage is your mother's only debt and the value of her estate after the balance on the house note is subtracted equals $100,000 or less, then you should be able to file the small estate affidavit. However, be aware that if your intent is to sell the home, most title companies will... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: How do you find how much is in your estate
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jul 3, 2020

It depends on whether you are concerned about your taxable estate, your probate estate or your non-probate estate. The answers are all usually quite different. In general, your taxable estate consists of everything you owned at the moment of your death plus things you gave away within three years... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: My dad died & left everything to mom in his will with me as executor. Do I have to file the will with court records?
Stewart Whaley
Stewart Whaley answered on Jun 29, 2020

Whether the will needs to be probated depends on what was in your father's estate at the time that he died. If the estate had property that was only in his name and that did not have beneficiaries listed, then the will may need to go through the court process known at probate. If your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: I am a beneficiary having issues with personal representative, should I contact his attorney or get a attorney myself?

My brother was a resident and died in Arkansas in 2014, leaving no known will. No wife or children. 3 siblings and one was appointed personal representative.He lives and works in Arkansas and bond was also waived. Have never been provided any documentation of estate, real estate property has been... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jun 29, 2020

You definitely need your own attorney. The other attorney does NOT represent you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: My fiancé’s mother put my engagement ring on my deceased fiancé estate inventory, will I need to get a lawyer for this?

Will I need to get a lawyer for this matter if she takes me to court? My fiancé bought it for me and if he would have lived we would be married.

Paul Dumas
Paul Dumas answered on Jun 23, 2020

If it’s listed in the inventory, the executor is telling the court it’s owned by the estate. If you believe it belongs to you a claim must be filed so the court will be aware of the issue. There are strict deadlines that must be met or you will lose the ring to the estate permanently.... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Arkansas on
Q: What is probate,

Yes was left a home in a Will but having trouble getting deed what do I need to do and don't know what probate is

Stewart Whaley
Stewart Whaley answered on Jun 16, 2020

Probate is a court process that allows property to transfer to an heir or beneficiary after someone dies. A deed to land can be issued by the personal representative during the probate process. If you would like to talk about your case to determine whether probate is needed in your situation,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: my husband and I have a Trust with a Will. My question is this: We want to change the Trustee to our son, as one of

Trustees has passed away. Do I need to take the original Trust to a lawyer to have the Trustee changed or can I make the change and both of us sign and have notarized. Our attorney lives 5 hours away and we would like to get this done soon. Thank you.

Jarred Kibbey
Jarred Kibbey answered on Jun 2, 2020

If your son was not named a Successor Trustee, then you would need to amend the Trust. It is highly recommended that you seek legal advice to make this change correctly. If you are only changing a Trustee, most estate planning attorneys would likely make that change relatively cheap.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: I live in Arkansas. I obtained a quitclaim deed on a 2 acres lot with a lein. Will this affect me to build on?
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on May 25, 2020

The lien will affect your ability to obtain financing to build. The lender will require that the lien be released.

Also, if you don't pay off the lien, the lienholder can foreclose its lien, thus eliminating your ownership of the property.

Finally, if you need to grant any...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: 1) Land trust vs.Family Trust 2) Can property be deeded over?

The land is in Arkansas and is heir property.

Paul Dumas
Paul Dumas answered on May 14, 2020

If the real property (land) in Arkansas is “heir” property, the most common understanding of that term is that title to the land is still held by a person who is deceased. For whatever reason, no type of probate, or other proceeding, ever conveyed or transferred title to the property into the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: I live in Minnesota.... I was married in Arkansas, Pine Bluff.... my husbands father died and left EVERYTHING to my

Husband (his son) last son....but his dads sister Carolyn is getting death certificates so she can sell the rest of his dads property! She already gotten rid of the house and we didn’t get anything

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 27, 2020

It sounds like a probate case has been opened and your husband's aunt has been appointed as executor. It is not unusual for estate property to be sold but for the distribution to take place much later to allow time to sort through and pay creditor claims. However, if the estate is in fact... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Arkansas on
Q: my grandfather recently passed away and I have not had contact with that side of family since my father passed 20 years

how do I find out if im in the will or if there is one and so forth, also i live in a different state and have married name

Paul Dumas
Paul Dumas answered on Mar 11, 2020

File a “Demand for Notice of Probate” with the Probate Clerk’s office for the county in Arkansas where he was a resident at the time of his death. If and when a probate estate is opened for him, provided your “Demand” is filed correctly, Arkansas law requires that you be notified that... Read more »

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