Years ago mom added my sister as a joint account holder on all her bank accounts as well as the beneficiary to a small life insurance policy. She also had a much larger policy that when mom became disabled my sister did not properly handle causing it to start issuing lifetime annuity checks, at... Read more »
Assuming the PoA allows you to deal with insurances, you can use that to modify beneficiaries, however be careful as many do not allow 'self dealing' meaning that if you try to assign the property to yourself you could run afoul of ethics rules.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE seek the advice of a...Read more »
Daughter shows up after 11 yrs, sells home, was POA, and puts me in a HOME! House appraised at $55.000 but conntract states $30,000. Other $25,000 got as unreported CASH which I never saw ANY of money. And didn't need put in a home! Finally moved me to a home in MI . I want back to Kersey and house... Read more »
You need to seek out local legal help not the TV news.
Acting under a Po A involves honoring the 'fiduciary duty' to act in the principal's best interest. It sounds like that may not have been what happened here, but without exploring facts that would not be appropriate in a public forum...Read more »
The decedent lived in Wayne County, MI. The Stock is worth approximately $2,500. He never updated beneficiary forms and the stock company needs to see that the widow is named the personal representative or see a small estate affidavit in order to transfer the ownership of the stock to her. Before... Read more »
#1: It shouldn't be necessary to open a full-fledged probate estate. First, widow could try using SCAO form pc598, Affidavit of Decedent's Successor for Delivery of Certain Assets Owned by Decedent (see MCL 700.3983). That might work if stock company will accept it. Or, if stock company will not...Read more »
You're talking about a subject that can be criminal or civil. For criminal charges, you'd need to present the facts to the prosecutor's office (typically done through the filing of a police report); the prosecutor decides whether to pursue charges - you cannot compel them to criminally charge...Read more »
My father died without a will. Most of his assets are solely in his name. The house, vehicles, property, etc. She plans to continue living in the home. If and when she decides to sell the home or if she dies- do her children inherit everything?
My dad left his home to three heirs and a devisee (I'm a heir/personal representative of the estate). One heir and the devisee got into a fight and the police had to be called. The police had the devisee leave the home. The next day, the devisee and her mother returned to the home and broke in,... Read more »
The detail is not relevant to the question, and no, because there was an altercation you can't change the terms of the will. You MAY be able to make a claim against the heir, and attach a portion of the inheritance to pay for that claim, but you need to do that properly and the BEST way to insure...Read more »
My dad left his home to three heirs and a devisee (I'm a heir/personal representative of the estate). One heir and the devisee got into a fight and the police had to be called. The heir was asked if she wanted them to take her to jail, but she said no, just have her leave the home. The next day,... Read more »
No, a devisee can’t be removed from the Will due to a physical altercation with an heir and vandalizing the home. But the estate could have a claim against the devisee for the damage done, which could be used to offset money the devisee would otherwise receive from the estate.
Prosecuting Attorney didn't want to tie up the court system with the case. The abused was never questioned by PA. PA believed everything this woman and her lawyer that she hired said. I am looking to have the case reopened to get the full truth out.
It sounds like there is no case to re-open. Prosecutors charge crimes, and it is up to them whether they will do so. Having been involved with similar cases, I can tell you that from a prosecutor's perspective, they can be more difficult to prosecutor than meets the eye. What you may find to be...Read more »
When my late father wrote his will, my sister was not living with him. However, she moved in during the last five months of his life and is now occupying the home (Michigan). We'd (me and my other sister who both live in different states from our sister/Dad) would like to sell the house and split... Read more »
What does the will say about the disposition of the house? Is it supposed to be sold under the terms of the will? Has the nominated PR been appointed by the local Probate Court? Has there even been a petition/application for probate?
You need to consult with a probate attorney in the...Read more »
I cannot find the policy and have searched her retirement and bank accounts. I was her conser/guardian and completed the probate process in 2014, A sister also came in and helped with caretaking after mom was diagnosed with dementia and deemed incompetent in 2011. I suspect this policy was... Read more »
I would suggest looking at her tax returns to see if the insurance company provided any documentation of interest or earnings. If you are still the conservator, you could send your letters of authority to the biggest insurance companies to see if they have any records. Many times a policy will be...Read more »
When the house is sold and the mortgage paid off, what is the best way to deal with any earnings he may have? And how will the earnings impact is ability to received medicaid if he needs to move to a nursing home?
If your father is single, the proceeds from the sale of the house would count against his $2,000 asset limit for Medicaid long-term care benefits. He would need to consult an elder law attorney to create a plan to save the proceeds, or spend it down, usually by paying the nursing home until the...Read more »
The answer is no. If a legal power of attorney was never signed the spouse would have no power over assets solely in the other spouse's name. The probate court would have to appoint a conservator to handle those assets. In practice, many couples hold their assets jointly and the competent spouse...Read more »
A spouse would normally have first priority as a guardian, but that is only a starting point. If she is not the best person to serve as guardian, you can object in court and ask for a different person to be appointed. The fact that he had Alzheimer's before the marriage is not relevant unless he...Read more »
My parents live 9 hrs away I live in Michigan they live in Michigan also I have 3 sisters only 1 will talk to them none of us have money and none of us want them to live with us I do not want either my mom or dad living with me nor do I feel I should be responsible for paying for a nursing home or... Read more »
You have no legal obligation to pay debts of your parents unless you sign an agreement to do so. In the situation you describe, I do not feel you could be legally compelled to contribute to any of their debts.
In the case I'm referring to, my brother in law's mother died in a nursing home. She had no insurance or money or property. She had a will but no property. Who is responsible for funeral expenses? My brother-in-law has 3 siblings. We're in Michigan
The easy answer is the person who signed the paperwork at the funeral home. If his family is kind, they will equally share in the cost but they are not required. If no one makes provisions at a funeral home and does not claim the body, the county will make arrangements for a cremation and keep...Read more »
I have given written permission for everything so far. Now he is on life support with brain damage and five organs shut down. His siblings want him on a ventilator forever yet they haven’t been around ever. I am 26 and haven’t met most of them.
My brothers 2 adult children and 1 teenage granddaughter live in his home, where they were raised. He has afib, other health problems. He fell, the daughter, then later while he was still on floor granddaughter walked by, both ignored his plea for help. He had fallen and then again while trying to... Read more »
The legal issues are whether your brother is a vulnerable adult and if the two adult children are caregivers. To oversimplify this: no one is legally obligated to render or call for aid on behalf of another adult. Walking by someone laying on the ground- a relative, at that - is morally repugnant,...Read more »
Potentially. There might be some undue influence going on, or even vulnerable adult abuse. Undue influence is a civil remedy that could possibly result in a court ordering that the deed be turned back over to your brother. Vulnerable adult abuse is a crime, which will require investigation by Adult...Read more »
My brother changed lawyers from who my mom saw when she signed a trust. He refuses to let my mothers original lawyer talk to my lawyer. I know there is something being left out but I am being told it can't be enforced because it is not going thru probate? What can I do? I keep telling my brother... Read more »
This is a VERY fact specific question, that can only be answered by referring to all the documents: trusts, deeds and anything else that may apply! You cannot get an answer here, but only from an attorney who actually reviews all the documents.
One of the biggest advantages of trusts is...Read more »
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