Generally settling an estate takes at least six months. Mostly it takes this long, even if not much else is happening, because anyone who has a claim against the estate has six months to make a claim, after which all claims are barred.
His girlfriend had a daughter with him and claimed she was his wife. They actually got married and now there's bigomy. I contacted the funeral home and informed them that she was not legally married to him and gave them info where to verify this and they did, so they changed the death certificate... Read more »
Separate occasions that I would inherit the house and that he had a will. He also said he wanted my stepmother to live there until she dies. My dad passed away November 8, 2019. Now my stepmother says she can’t find the will. What should I do? Should I open probate or wait for her to die before I... Read more »
Wills do tend to "disappear" when the person in possession of it doesn't like what it says, but the person in possession does have a legal obligation to turn it over to the probate court. If you have ANY evidence that there was a will (a copy, someone who witnessed it being signed), you can...Read more »
There is no time limit to close a probate. However, if the personal representative is not doing what they are supposed to (managing the assets, filing an inventory, filling accounting, etc) then you can file to have those things done and possibly;ly to have the personal representative removed.
We are in probate. My niece is fighting my mom's will and accusing me of hiding my mom's money. This is an account that is for business purposes only, no checks. It is a Reserve Account with a hold on the funds from the bank to pay our monthly mortgage. I don't have access to the account; only... Read more »
There is a very, very strong presumption that a bank account that is titled as joint tenants with right of survivorship goes to the survivor upon the death of the other account holder, and the bank can safely turn over the funds to the survivor without requiring probate.
In Arkansas you have five years from the date of death of the decedent to Open a probate estate for the deceased individual and to file their will for probate. After the five year deadline has expired, You can no longer file the will for a regular probate proceeding. After the expiration of the...Read more »
The Arkansas lawyer appointed as my aunt's executor upon her death has NOT closed either of their estates. They were simple cases, with simple wills, with minimal moneys and little property involved. The wills were followed per each of my Aunt and Uncle's wishes. The Arkansas lawyer fails to... Read more »
My mom recently passed and I don't have the money pay her debts until/unless I can sell her house. I know her estate is fits within the guidelines of a small estate. I have 3 other siblings too. I'm just not sure of the process in Arkansas.
You most likely need to speak to a lawyer. Even if the house fits, you may have issues with title once you try to sell. A lot of title companies will require the house to be probated even if it fits within the small estate guidelines.
You should speak to a lawyer about the debts owed and...Read more »
It depends on whether the deceased spouse had any children. It also depends on how each piece of property is titled. Real estate may be titled such that it passes automatically to the survivor. Bank accounts may have payable on death beneficiaries.
My aunts in charge of distributing in will (she lives out of state) , it got out probate in August. I haven’t heard anything since then. Do I need to hire a lawyer? I’ve already been told my name is in the will, haven’t been told anything else. I don’t really know much about this stuff... Read more »
You can walk into the probate court and ask to see the file. In there you will see the will, which you can read. You can also read up on what happened in the case. Look for the final order of distribution, which states who got what.
If the court is too far away, you can hire a local...Read more »
If mom was to put my name on her property and she has no will, will this keep my siblings from going and filing a probate on the property if she passes. My siblings want to section up her land and I'm trying to keep that from happening.
Your mother can do whatever SHE wants to do with her property before her death. If that means she wants to deed it to you, she can. I don't know anything about your mother, but if she no longer has the capacity to make a will and could be considered "incapacitated" (she doesn't understand the...Read more »
We understand and agree that she can stay in the house that my father owned until she decides to leave or passes away, and then the property goes into my brother's name. We tried to do this with her as a family, but she is not allowing us take any of our father's property- even though we are... Read more »
Under the law in Arkansas, she would be entitled to a life estate in a third of the real property, and one third of the personal property. She does not have a right to all of it. To sort this out, you'll have to file a petition for probate, where someone will be appointed personal representative...Read more »
His will state that the money from the sale of the home go into a trust for 3 of his granddaughters. As the executor of his will and the executor of the trust could I sell his home and put the money into the trust, or would I need to get the home put into my name in order to sell it?
You need to file a probate action to be able to distribute his property according to the will. Being named executor in the will means nothing until a court admits the will to probate and appoints you as executor. Then you can file something to sell the house and put the proceeds into a trust for...Read more »
There is usually a deadline for submitting creditors’ claims before the end of the probate proceeding. The primary exception is that the claim cannot be cut off unless the creditor was given notice and an opportunity to be heard. If the Executor/Administrator mailed notice or gave other...Read more »
If the estate qualifies as a small estate, then you can settle without opening an estate account. Under the small estate statute items should be delivered to the affiant and the affaint is liable as a trustee to the other heirs and devisees. It also is a practical problem of dealing with banks and...Read more »
My uncle hired a lawyer on his own to appoint himself administrator of parents estate. My mom and aunt then hired a lawyer to petition against him. Judge appointed a unbiased administrator who just happens to be prosecuting attorney for county. The probate was final in court. The estate paid the... Read more »
If you and your husband were both named on the deed to the property, as his surviving spouse, the land is yours. If you were not, you should see an attorney who can advise you on how to go about getting title to the real estate.
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