A savings account does not have a beneficiary unless it is an IRA or 401K. You can name a "pay on death" person though. In either case, the bank paperwork will prevail, but try no to leave those kinds of confusing questions behind!
The plain answer is I don't know. That's why I called for a wellness check and Adult Protective Services. Last week I learned of her having signs of dementia a year ago. It was expressed to me by a family member that she may pass and no one finds out, and he would continue to collect her social... Read more »
Also look out for "undue influence" in changes to the Will or Trust, leaving everything to the brother. It may be reasonable if he took care of her, and if he is the neediest, but it can also be taking advantage of a sick old woman. Just keep an eye out.
I appreciate your time and information, Mr Gaffney, thank you. I assume my brother is sole trustee. We have no relationship. I have gotten no response from mail or phone to my mother (I live in Kentucky, she lives in California). I have done a wellness check through the police. I have reported... Read more »
It is VERY unusual for any agency to have a copy of a trust. it is possible so you can check with the LA County Recorder's office, it is just never really done. The Trust company would be a better bet.
Are you worried that your brother is mistreating your mother? That will be a tough...Read more »
Thank you, Mr. Gaffney. So then my hope that the original trust from the 70s or 80s might be valid isn't a possibility? And because I didn't try to prove my father's inability to be of sound mind in 2002, that point would be mute? My understanding is that when she dies I should have access to... Read more »
The original trust might still be the controlling one if your dad did not have the capacity to change it. But maybe that trust gave your mom that authority if your dad was no longer able. You really have to see the trusts and read them, and compare that to your dad's health.
In the late 70s or early 80s, my father told me that I was sole trustee of my parents living trust, and everything should be split equally between my brother and myself. I never saw that trust. In 2002, after years of my father's Alzheimer's (I have no medical records), my mother (and he) made a... Read more »
There is no one single correct answer to your question. These are issues that an experienced estate planning attorney can help you sort through in the process of preparing customized powers of attorney.
The contingency occurred.I recently discovered us grandchildren were disinherited via a 2005 restated AB trust under suspicious circumstances:My grandmother's daughters, my aunts, worked with my grandmother's lawyer in filing a Petition to Terminate the Bypass Part B trust of the 2005 AB trust. Us... Read more »
I just found out that my grandmother had dementia and can't remember much. I recently learned that my grandma had put her house in my mom's name. Her son Ronnie (my sperm donor), his girlfriend and my uncle Tim are all living under her roof and haven't taken her to a hospital in fear of losing... Read more »
You can go to the local county recorder's office and look up the deed and obtain a copy by paying a copy fee per page. If you are unable to do that, you can hire almost any real estate paralegal or attorney to obtain a copy for you. Some real estate agents have the ability to do this as well....Read more »
In 2008, I was named in my parent’s estate planning docs mentioned above. In 2018, my parents had already had my sister caring for them. After a couple of years, she brought in other parties, all meth addicts, like her, to help her.My parent’s savings was depleted. APS was brought in and... Read more »
Trust consist of two homes. Total mortgage owed on both homes is $180,000. We live in San Francisco Bay Area, San Carlos. I know California tax laws are INSANE! I don’t want to make a wrong decision that could have lasting effects on me financially.
Depending on how the will is worded and if the math works out it might be possible to distribute one house to you and the other to your brother. That way your brother’s creditors won’t be able to reach your inheritance.
Schedule a consultation with a probate attorney to review your options.
My grandmas conservator is abusing her I have been watching her recklessly spend 200,000 plus dollars but mostly they have almost killed her. She over the past year has fallen many times . She has broken many bones. The latest fall fractured her hip in many places and broke her arm in half. I... Read more »
My estranged father passed away and left a will & trust stating to divide his estate up equally between his 5 children. None of his children had contact with him for over 15 years. He had a large sum of money piled up in various investments that no one knew about. The Trustee, who is also a... Read more »
As a beneficiary of the trust, you are definitely entitled to a copy of the trust and to regular accountings from the trustee. If that is not happening, hire an attorney to send a stern demand letter to the trustee. If the trustee does not straighten up within a reasonable time after demand is...Read more »
A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone the power to act on behalf of someone else. In California, the person executing the document is referred to as the “principal” and the person chosen to act on the principal’s behalf is referred to as the “agent” or...Read more »
My brother refuses life insurance payout, it is now being sent from insurance company to state of California per the law. If it is disclaimed money, can I, his sister, claim it for the trust our mother left us.
If it is disclaimed by the primary beneficiary and there is no contingent beneficiary then it should go to your mother's estate. If your mother did not have a will then you probably stand to inherit all or a portion as an intestate heir. If she had a will then it would be distributed in accordance...Read more »
I contacted the lawyer and was told my brother is the successor of the trust and they would send my brother a copy of the trust and he hasn’t gave me a copy. He has asked me about the house and renting it out. Now he’s going to let people stay in it. I don’t want to Rent it or and let him... Read more »
Look for a probate and trust administration attorney in the Monterey area, especially one with trust litigation experience. You have the right to demand and receive a copy of the trust. You have the right to require the trustee to strictly abide by the terms of the trust and to care for and...Read more »
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