First, I am sorry for your loss. I am assuming that your grandmother passed away in Arkansas and that Arkansas laws apply to your situation. If your grandmother died without a will any property that is included in her probate estate would be divided between her surviving spouse (assuming that...Read more »
My divorced mother died intestate, and my sister and I are her only heirs.
We have obtained her credit reports and determined that aside from one small collection, her only debt is the mortgage to the home we would inherit jointly had she made a will, as that had always been her intent.... Read more »
If the mortgage is your mother's only debt and the value of her estate after the balance on the house note is subtracted equals $100,000 or less, then you should be able to file the small estate affidavit. However, be aware that if your intent is to sell the home, most title companies will...Read more »
It depends on whether you are concerned about your taxable estate, your probate estate or your non-probate estate. The answers are all usually quite different. In general, your taxable estate consists of everything you owned at the moment of your death plus things you gave away within three years...Read more »
Whether the will needs to be probated depends on what was in your father's estate at the time that he died. If the estate had property that was only in his name and that did not have beneficiaries listed, then the will may need to go through the court process known at probate. If your...Read more »
My brother was a resident and died in Arkansas in 2014, leaving no known will. No wife or children. 3 siblings and one was appointed personal representative.He lives and works in Arkansas and bond was also waived. Have never been provided any documentation of estate, real estate property has been... Read more »
If it’s listed in the inventory, the executor is telling the court it’s owned by the estate. If you believe it belongs to you a claim must be filed so the court will be aware of the issue. There are strict deadlines that must be met or you will lose the ring to the estate permanently....Read more »
Probate is a court process that allows property to transfer to an heir or beneficiary after someone dies. A deed to land can be issued by the personal representative during the probate process. If you would like to talk about your case to determine whether probate is needed in your situation,...Read more »
Trustees has passed away. Do I need to take the original Trust to a lawyer to have the Trustee changed or can I make the change and both of us sign and have notarized. Our attorney lives 5 hours away and we would like to get this done soon. Thank you.
If your son was not named a Successor Trustee, then you would need to amend the Trust. It is highly recommended that you seek legal advice to make this change correctly. If you are only changing a Trustee, most estate planning attorneys would likely make that change relatively cheap.
If the real property (land) in Arkansas is “heir” property, the most common understanding of that term is that title to the land is still held by a person who is deceased. For whatever reason, no type of probate, or other proceeding, ever conveyed or transferred title to the property into the...Read more »
It sounds like a probate case has been opened and your husband's aunt has been appointed as executor. It is not unusual for estate property to be sold but for the distribution to take place much later to allow time to sort through and pay creditor claims. However, if the estate is in fact...Read more »
File a “Demand for Notice of Probate” with the Probate Clerk’s office for the county in Arkansas where he was a resident at the time of his death. If and when a probate estate is opened for him, provided your “Demand” is filed correctly, Arkansas law requires that you be notified that...Read more »
I live in Arkansas and I'm working on my revocable living trust online with NoLo software and ran into a problem. I would like for my son to be my successor trustee in the event I am incapacitated but I also have him as my executor. It will not let me choose him to be both because of conflict... Read more »
That is one of many problems with online estate planning systems. Do yourself and your loved ones a huge favor and hire an experienced estate planning attorney to create an estate plan customized to your wants and needs.
Generally, yes a valid beneficiary listed on a bank account (also sometimes known as a transfer on death TOD or pay on death POD designation) should remove that property from the account holder's probate estate and therefore the property is not transferable via Will. If the bank allowed your...Read more »
I have fallen behind on my storage unit monthly payments. The guy cut my lock off and let my separated husband put his lock on. Now I can get my washer and dryer out of there because my estranged husband wont let me in the unit.
Yes, but only after they have followed the correct lawful processes for providing notice to the renter. It is possible that your husband bought the contents at auction, but that is pure speculation. You should contact a local consumer affairs attorney for advice on your specific situation.
The trust does not state any court action is required to remove/change the trustee, and we had to change the trustee because he breached trust, coveted information, failed to administer or collaborate in order to resolve the trust in the best interest of the trust. We've needed the change to... Read more »
Did the original trustee step-down? If so, he should state his resignation in writing. The terms of the trust will then dictate who the next trustee is. If the original trustee refuses to step-down then court action may be necessary to force his removal.
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.
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...Read more »
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