We are in NY State. Brother (executor) wants to distribute over 4 years (tax reasons): I prefer lump sum or 2 years. Can the cash be distributed in different ways to different beneficiaries? If not, does this require a legal intervention?
No health care proxy. She told me her wishes, and a Will was written for her to sign, get witnessed, and notarized, but her health turned (she's unconscious) so it's invalid. But I know her wishes. She has an estranged sister who is not the beneficiary (a non-relative third-party) of her... Read more »
The Power of Attorney is valid during her lifetime. If it gives you power to make financial decisions and transactions, you can pre-pay for burial and funeral arrangements now, including the headstone.
Your mother's estate can demand either a formal or an informal accounting from the estate from which she was a beneficiary. Informal works if the other estate will cooperate, otherwise you would have to demand a formal judicial accounting.
There are several unknowns here and best to direct your question to an attorney, who can review the documents. In a nutshell, it all depends! It depends on the corporate structure, governing documents (and always but not likely primarily here on applicable laws). It is generally absolutely doable...Read more »
The answer depends on what your father's Will says on the subject. Without seeing the Will it is impossible to say. The Will might include language to deal with this type of situation, i.e. on of the named beneficiaries dying before the maker of the Will. Generally, a bequest in a Will does...Read more »
Elderly client moved in with daughter who had coerced her to change her will and make her power of attorney. Elderly client asked lawyer to revise will without involving this daughter. She told him she was in fear of daughter, her finding out and taking it out on her because she found out... Read more »
If an attorney was simply approached out of the blue, the general rule is that the attorney is free to accept or decline a matter. Same goes for the prospective client, who is free to retain or not retain an attorney. There are instances where an attorney may not easily withdraw, such as in an...Read more »
My grandmother has a will which lists my father and two aunts as beneficiaries. The will states that if one of those parties predeceases her, their share will be given to their children. In 2017, my father passed away. In Februaryof 2021, my grandmother (dads mom) passed away. My aunts have not... Read more »
There are 5 beneficiaries ( I will call them B-1,2,3,4,5)in our parents estate. I am one (B-5) and also the executor. B-1 & B-2 sued me for breach of duty. 9 years of court hearings finally came down in the judge finding no fault in me as executor and dismissed all charges.
In addition to the order in which your father and his wife died and the name on the deed of the house, whether either your father or his wife left Wills detailing who their respective executors were or if someone was appointed the administrator of the estate(s) by the court is also relevant,...Read more »
The property is owned by a three member LLC with 5%, 15%, and 85% distribution. Upon death of the member with 5%, what happens to the property? Does his wife have a say in what happens with the property? Does she get any benefits from the property? Can she make decisions on the property? If the... Read more »
The person looking to buy is my uncle, he offered 90,000 between my two brothers and I. Would be pay taxes on the 30,000 each. The stocks still in the estate and the offer is to give money to the lawyer who would then write the checks to us and the stocks would never technically be ours. Is there... Read more »
Only the owner of the shares can sell them. If the shares are estate assets then the executor or administrator can sell them on behalf of the estate. Depending on the circumstances the estate might have a taxable gain, but if the cash after taxes is distributed to you and your brothers as heirs of...Read more »
In New York, the names on the bank account trump the will, or more accurately, the bank account passes outside the will. That your sister is executor of your mother's estate is irrelevant. If she is the only one on the bank account, she gets the account. If she is a co-beneficiary on the...Read more »
From the individuals mentioned, only the 23 year old daughter would qualify as an Administrator for the estate. Someone will need to apply to the Court to serve. Once they are granted Letters of Administration by the Court, they may collect all property, make transfers, sell, and manage assets....Read more »
If some one from my Friends or Extended Family is asking me, that they would like to write my name in there will as a Care Taker. If I say OK. What will be legal disadvantages in worst conditions for a Care Taker. If They are in Debts or can't pay the Hospital Bills in Future. Do I have to pay... Read more »
I am not sure what you have been asked to do. A Will is a document that states a person's wishes following their death. You would not be a caretaker of someone who has passed away. It is possible that you are being asked to be an agent under a Health Care Proxy, which is sometimes combined...Read more »
Out of 7 children and my grandmother, my aunt is the only living child. 24 grandchildren, including her children are living. Under the previous law, who would have been executor of estate and rightful heir? Under new law, I read that we all are. One cousin lives there for years. My aunt claimed... Read more »
The state where a decedent lived at the time of his/her death determines which law applies for the determining distribution of estate assets. In New York, if there is not a will that provides for a different distribution the order of inheritance is outlined at this link:...Read more »
My mom is in a nursing home. They are asking me to become her power of attorney. Her husband he still lives home is not doing well and will probably pass soon. The nursing home is trying to put my mom on medicaid to pay for her long term treatment. When her husband dies, will the nursing home get... Read more »
This has to be thoroughly examined and analyzed. Who is the beneficiary of the policy? What is the cash value (not benefit) of it? Whose house is her spouse living now? Medicaid application must be well cultivated and planned in advance because there is a cap for both income and assets of the...Read more »
The client in your office is 1 of the 3 children whose mother just passed away intestate, owning only 1 piece of real estate and a bank account. The client has been living with his mother in the property and claims that he should be allowed to purchase the property from the estate, but at a lesser... Read more »
I'm not sure if you are asking about New York. However, in New York, if the decent left no Will, the client can certainly petition to be appointed as Administrator. Personal representatives commonly have an interest in the estate assets that may conflict with other potential heirs. Those...Read more »
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