If a retirement account has no beneficiaries, it usually defaults to the estate of the deceased. An estate attorney can help navigate the process of estate administration and you're encouraged to seek legal advice if you are the personal representative listed in the Will (or family member of...Read more »
Executor is one of the 3 benificary. 2 siblings have seen the Will only telling the third that the house is listed to be divided equally. 3rd has not seen the Will. Has asked for a copy & is ignored. The individual passed away 12/14/2019. What happens when a house is involved in an inheritance of 3... Read more »
After the probate case is opened to probate the will, the will becomes a public document. You can go to the court yourself and obtain a copy or send a paralegal or even a friend to obtain a copy for you.
My mother's estate was opened in VA in Jan. She owned a home in MD. I am being told there is a mandatory 6 months waiting period per MD law so that Creditors can file a claim. However I was under the impression the property could be sold immediately but the proceeds would then be held in escrow for... Read more »
Maryland law does not mandate waiting 6 months to market/sell property, but proceeds should not be disbursed to heirs until 6 months have passed, any payments are prioritized according to the order set forth in MD law and the court has approved the accounting.
Ideally, you simply leave it to him in your will. When a person dies, their property is all valued as of the date of death, so that the heirs receive a stepped-up tax basis to that value. That wipes out all the capital gains tax that you would incur were you to sell the house before you die. What...Read more »
Generally speaking, wills valid in the state of original domicile remain valid if the planner moves. A will may become void in some cases of changed circumstances, such as if a planner both marries and has children after creating their will, but a valid will does not become "void" based solely on...Read more »
People can jointly own property several ways. If married, they can own in Maryland as tenants by the entirety, joint tenants with rights of survivorship or as tenants in common. The way these types of co-ownership transfer at the death of one of the owners is very different. When a joint...Read more »
So many more facts will be needed. It is common for married couples to own everything jointly, with right of survivorship, which means upon the first spouse to die, the other spouse owns all such titled property and none of it is an asset to be distributed from the deceased person’s estate. Joint...Read more »
If you mean does your brother have any claim beyond the term's of your parent's will by virtue of still living in the home that is now part of the estate, then no, not unless he has a lease agreement. However, the executor can't just kick your brother out of the home either. If your brother ends...Read more »
The mortgage is a lien against the property. It cannot be sold without the mortgage being paid off first out of the sale proceeds. That happens at settlement. Then the net proceeds are split evenly between the two owners of the property: 50% to the estate, 50% to your stepmother
Son hasn’t presented any POA, inheritance, guardianship documents but says the premises must be vacated. Step grandfather has been nonverbal for about a year and my grandmother was his POA up to her death on 9/7/19.
If he’s not POA, then he cannot act on his father’s behalf unless he petitions a court to appoint him guardian over his father and his property. Assuming he is one of those, he will have to serve 30 day notice to vacate before he can file a complaint for judgment of possession and a court date...Read more »
We are a blended family. Step grandfather’s son called saying he has POA and wants access to the house. We never met him before and step grandfather is in nursing home, deemed medically incompetent and is non verbal.
Depends on how they held title to the house. The default way married couples hold title is as tenants by the entirety, which means in this instance that your grandfather is the sole owner. If, however, title is held as tenants in common, he only owns half interest and your grandmother’s estate...Read more »
Yes, family members can witness a power of attorney. If it is a health care POA, at least one of the witnesses cannot be one of the person’s health care providers or an employee of one of their health care providers, or entitled to inherit under the person’s will.
My uncle is a fiduciary to my sons trust fund. The fund was created when my mother passed. We have never seen an accounting of the money. How do we find out what's going on with the fund? He is not returning phone calls or emails or snail mail in regards to this matter.
Your uncle as trustee of a trust for the benefit of your son is required to provide your son or, if he is a minor, his parents with an accounting of the trust assets. Unfortunately, since your uncle is refusing to communicate with you, your son or you will be required to institute litigation...Read more »
everything, however, I found a claim in MD via the unclaimed property unit. I received a check made payable to the estate of my father care of me (the PR). How can I cash that check so I can pay the distributees? Check is for $102.86
By law, the house is solely his, regardless of whether he retitles it into his sole name. If he dies without a will, his stepchildren (unless legally adopted) will not inherit any part of his estate. The only way you as stepchildren can inherit property of his estate is if he drafts a will and...Read more »
My fiance who passed had a malpractice lawsuit that was settled after he passed away. The check was issued to our minor child under a trust with me as the trustee. I need to find out if this account can be opened up as a regular guardian account without paying over a $1000 to have a lawyer draw up... Read more »
Yes, if you open an account with the check in hand, payable to you as trustee, then you can simply deposit it into the account and nothing else need be done--no other paperwork required. Once deposited, you may not withdraw any funds before the minor turns 18 unless you first obtain a court order...Read more »
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