Your brother and sister have no obligation to share your mother's power of attorney or your mother's trust with you in a strict legal sense. If your mother is living, then it is likely the trust is revocable and she is the only present beneficiary of the trust, and no one else is entitled...Read more »
My mother is 97yo. She has no property that she owns and no car. She is in hospice and close to death. Her assets include only 3 POD CDs, a checking account (current values < $50,000 for monthly recurring bills; one credit card with a balance of < $100; a Savings account of just over $1,000;... Read more »
Short answer is no. If she has no assets to be probated , and no will to be admitted, there’s no need to open an probate estate in the court. Absent opening an estate in probate court, there’s no legal requirement to publish notice to creditors as they can only file claims against probate assets.
Most likely yes. You have a duty to act in the best interests of the estate and heirs and devisees. You also have a duty to provide reasonable information about the estate and estate property to the heirs and devisees of the estate, especially information pertaining to the financial condition of...Read more »
I bought my home from my grandmas estate. My aunt was executor of the estate. Part of the deal when buying the house was that uncle would help me install new siding. Since the moment I paid them they have 100% ignored me. I have the siding, but now need to pay someone to install it
Wife . Unpond agreement house get sold I get half they get half . My brother died now she's trying not to give me my half what can I do. Plus I've been living in the home and have made major repairs that brought up property value and paid out of pocket for supply's etc
I was 2 years old when I was injured and traumatized by an event that shaped my life. He is a religious man with millions and now that he is in his last years and he continues to deny his responsibility and is punishing me for not following his faith by leaving me out of his will. Can I sue him for... Read more »
A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. You could reach out to attorneys to discuss, but keep in mind that law firms that handle injury cases might not consider something like this on a contingency basis. There is also the...Read more »
It's unclear from the question whether your brother was a remainderman on a lady bird deed (he only became owner when your mother passed) or whether your brother was a joint tenant with your mother, who had right of survivorship. Either way, if your brother survived your mother, the house...Read more »
The law office that took care of my father’s will will not provide a copy of any of the children listed. He said I needed to contact the lawyer of the co-representative of the estate that had nothing to do with drawing it up
The directions given to you by the drafting attorney are correct. When an attorney drafts estate plan documents for a client, the attorney owes the client the duty of confidentiality, even after death. After a client's death, the only person who can waive confidentiality for the client is the...Read more »
Most probate attorneys do not include tax compliance as part of the engagement, but some do. The bottom line is you should discuss this with your probate attorney so that you have clarity regarding who is going to take care of that.
I am a co-trustee on a revocable land trust originally designed to generate cash for our children's education. Neither child needed it for that purpose. Our divorce agreement states it will terminate upon our youngest turning 30. It does not specify what happens at termination. I am not aware... Read more »
We would need to see the trust agreement to determine whether the property reverts to the grantor(s), or whether title vests in the beneficiaries. If the trust is still revocable (because the grantor(s) are alive, the grantors could revoke the trust and own the property as they choose. There is...Read more »
Furniture, linens, utensils, flatware, dishes and clothing. Do we just guess what the value could be? The clothing would be donated because none of the heirs can wear the clothing or want them. Is there some type of calculation formula? These items really don't have a monetary value. As far... Read more »
There are a number of places where you can get inventory values for the things you need.
For valuation of real estate, an appraisal is acceptable but may not be required. Local practice may vary, and other sources of valuation for real estate may also be accepted, such as a Comparative...Read more »
Nothing is automatic except beneficiary designations and joint accounts. But yes, most people's estates do not exceed the spousal elective share and so substantially everything goes to the spouse. That is by design because the public policy behind that is that 1) we can safely presume that...Read more »
By "a wife's rights to everything", I'm assuming you mean the surviving spouse's right to a share of an intestate estate. Generally speaking, if the husband dies leaving a probate estate and leaves a surviving spouse, the surviving spouse is entitled to the first $240,000...Read more »
I'm going through informal probate. There wasn't a will. my half-sister took me to court a while back and I end up being made personal representative of the estate and I had asked my lawyer to find out if she was adopted and he said he asked her lawyer and he said no she wasn't... Read more »
Her adoption status will not matter if it was a step-parent adoption; she is both the child of your common parent as well as her step-dad's, and can take from both estates. Likewise, half siblings are treated the same as any other child under the law.
We hired a lawyer to represent us in the estate of my wife's deceased father. We thought everything was going well as we were filling out asset reports and such we were giving bank accounts to the lawyer and everything seemed normal after 6 months he asked us for our proof and right up for the... Read more »
Never say never. There is always a chance for fighting - someone may alleged that you weren't in your right mind when you made the will, or that you were under undue influence, or that there was a technical error in the document. All of these reasons are why it's important to have an...Read more »
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