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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I take my aunt to court for a equal share of the sale of the house and bank accounts?


Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 13, 2018

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for District of Columbia on
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

I am an adult only child and through recent estate planning have been named Executor to my parents' estate. My parents are elderly and vulnerable. My father has Alzheimer's disease. My 80-year old aunt has invited herself to visit to take care of my mother during her recovery from surgery in a... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Oct 28, 2017

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Q: Can the renters of the place I am buying get my agents license revoked because I (the buyer ) contacted them?

I am buying a place in DC. The renters have already signed their topa rights away. However i need them to sign the notice to vacate so my bank can move forward. They are supposed to be out the 30th of june. 2 days from now and have agreed. I also went to back to the place to show my GF and the... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Jun 28, 2017

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for District of Columbia on
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
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Jun 21, 2017

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... Read more »

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