Seeked Legal advice and handed checks over to this lawyer that were in both her name and my dad’s. That was 5 years ago and now the atty is avoiding my mom and has all her accounts frozen. The atty is also avoiding my calls. It is a large amount of money and my mom has not received a dime of... Read more »
Hello and thank you for using Justia. You will need to create an Estate for your beloved Father and do a declaration of Inheritors in a Court process. Once the Court has issued the decrece declaring the inheritors , the next step is to file the Estate's Inheritance tax return. This will create a...Read more »
My brother has been in court for 2 years to try to get my sister removed as Mom's guardian. He has kept me out of the process to care for my parents and my sister is against all of us. I want to enter the case to give the judge a proposal to just remove all siblings from the parents care. My... Read more »
You can file a motion to have the guardian removed and seek the appointment of a neutral guardian, or you have the right to appear at any hearing and present your testimony in support of your brothers motion.
In my experience the answer is yes. Debt incurred during the marriage is community debt. I have had creditors agree in writing that they discharge any claim against the estate and will only seek payment from the surviving spouse. You should definitely be working with an attorney if you are...Read more »
Technically, if there is no probate, there is no executor -- which means no fees at all. To the extent someone has to actually do work on behalf of the estate, it's usually done on an hourly basis and the hourly rate is based on complexity of work and skill sets required. The size of the estate is...Read more »
The aunt had a nephew named as POA because her only daughter had died. The widowed son-in-law wanted control for his kids (the grandkids), so he had a lawyer make a new will and POA naming his kids. When she signed this new document she was distraught over her husband’s death and going thru many... Read more »
Yes, she can do a new will revoking all prior wills and she can do a new POA revoking all prior POAs. She should also notify anyone in possession of the original or copies of the revoked POAs that they have been revoked. She should have an estate planning attorney help her with this to make sure...Read more »
If the entire interest in the house was owned by your grandfather at the time of his death, and if he left it to you and your sister in his will, then it should already be titled in your name and your sister's name. If it is not, then either it was not in fact left to you and your sister or your...Read more »
What does this have to do with Florida? Is the property in Florida? If so, someone would have to be appointed by a Florida court as personal representative. If the "declaration of heirs" constitutes a will according to Florida law (without regard to where it was executed), and the decedent was a...Read more »
It’s not necessary as long as you keep making the mortgage payments, but if you want to know the outstanding balance or want your monthly statements to be sent to another address, then yes, let the lender know of your parents death. Now, if you’re dealing with a reverse mortgage, the lender...Read more »
Yes. If you fail to pay the mortgage, you will lose the home to foreclosure. Death of a borrower does not trigger a due on sale clause. If you make the mortgage payments, keep track of them all and claim reimbursement from the estate when you can. Without a Will, the children will inherit the...Read more »
My homeowners insurance refused to pay off my house after my husband passed away because they said it was in a grace period. It didn't get paid for that month but when he passed it was still in a grace period. Called around 7 or 8 times and they kept refusing to honor it.
This doesn't sound like a homeowners insurance but maybe life insurance. Ultimately it's a contract issue. If the default was not cured there may not be relief. However if he passed during the grace period, generally the policy should be honored.
My husband and I divorced about 4yrs ago and in the divorce decree I was awarded 50% of his pension and 60% of his 401k employee savings. His attorney was to submit the QDRO info, I received a payment payout on the pension plan. But I recently realized that I never received anything on his 401k... Read more »
My first question is: Was his attorney supposed to actually draft the QDRO and file it with the court? The reason I ask is that usually, most of us family attorneys, farm out QDRO's to an attorney who specializes in QDROs. There are a handful of attorneys who handle them. For purposes of this...Read more »
My father in law passed away (in IL) over thirty days ago. In the original will it stated his home was to be sold and split among the heirs. A couple months prior to his passing he stated he wanted my husband to have the home, which my husband agreed to (it is not paid off). My husbands name was... Read more »
When you state that your husband's name was added to the deed, what exactly do you mean. As a general principle, the will governs the disposition of the decedents property as that property exists at the time of death. If your father-in-law conveyed and properly recorded the deed of conveyance into...Read more »
Your siblings have no legal authority to evict you from your mother's house. Only a personal representative for your mom's estate would have the authority to do so, and to become a personal representative requires a probate. Until that time, you have every legal right to remain in the house. If...Read more »
Even simple probate cases require a multitude of forms. Some county courthouses have law libraries with form books but knowing which of the hundreds of from to file and the timing thereof is complex. That is why attorneys who don't handle probates hire other attorneys to handle those matters.
My sister was struck and killed by a car in November 2019 in Portland OR. She was married and has no children. She died without a will and what we believe is an insolvent estate as we came to find out that she was secretly in a mountain of debt. Many collections agencies will not release... Read more »
I am so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, there is no legal way to obtain the information you need about your sister's debt without filing a probate. Since your sister passed without a Will her spouse will inherit her estate through Oregon's intestate laws. I recommend he hire an experienced...Read more »
my dad lived in my grandmother's house when he passed my aunt changed the locks and told me that she has power of attorney over my grandma and I need to stay out of the house how do I get his belongings back
To do this right, you need to hire a probate attorney to open a probate of your dad's estate and ask that the court appoint you as the executor. Then, as executor, you will have the power of the probate court to back you up as you demand access to gather up your dad's things and distribute them...Read more »
Nephews made funeral arrangements no mention of grown step children in obituary cause out of state never would let step children in family home. Father had died 2 years prior with brain tumor cancer and had him change his will 2 weeks before passing Grown children let it go cause thought property... Read more »
You need to sit down with a probate attorney as soon as possible to go over the situation. A family tree is going to need to be created to go over all living heirs to figure who is entitled to what. The attorney will also need to review a copy of the will.
My mother did a Contract for Deed on her house with my nephew. The house was paid for in 2014. The lawyer sent out the original deed to my mom's Personal Representative to get recorded. No one recalls ever receiving the original copy nor can anyone find it now. I have a copy of the signed... Read more »
The usual solution is the nephew needs to make a claim in your mother's probate case for distribution of your mother's share of the house to him. He will need to prove that there was a contract and it is now paid in full. It would be helpful to at least get a photocopy of the deed from the...Read more »
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