District of Columbia Estate Planning Questions & Answers

Q: Can I take my aunt to court for a equal share of the sale of the house and bank accounts?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018
Mark Oakley's answer
Not enough facts to answer this question. What gives you the right to claim an interest in "the sale of the house and bank accounts"? Were you named in a will by the deceased owner of these assets as an heir or legatee? Is your name on the title to these assets? If so, you will need to explain further in order to receive an answer that will be of assistance to you.

Q: Only child/Executor of parents' estate. Aunt offers to pay for an executor atty for my mom. How do I get her to cease

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for District of Columbia on
Answered on Oct 28, 2017
Richard Sternberg's answer
If you are the sole beneficiary in the Will, you might be able to handle it, but a legal consult can’t hurt. Sometimes, having a lawyer as PR is a wise choice, and lawyers can’t charge twice for their roles as PR and counsel. But, if you are worried about undue influence from your Aunt, it might be wise to consult a lawyer now.

Q: Can the renters of the place I am buying get my agents license revoked because I (the buyer ) contacted them?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Answered on Jun 28, 2017
Richard Sternberg's answer
No. You talking to a tenant is not grounds for revocation of your realtor's license. But, it does sound like you need a lawyer in your corner to make things go smoother.

Q: My dad was a resident of NC; however, he died testate in DC. I am trying to obtain his car title, I've paid the lien

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for District of Columbia on
Answered on Jun 21, 2017
Richard Sternberg's answer
I don't understand your question, but I can tell you that paying the lien may give you a claim against the estate, but it doesn't give you title to the car. Title to the car will follow the terms of the Will unless other plans were made by your father before he passed. You might ask to buy the car from whomever is probating his Will.

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