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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Do we have to go to probate court for all assets on an estate even if we only have questions on a portion of the estate?

My father recently passed away. He did not have a will. My mother is alive and was his legal spouse. Most of the assets are in both of their names. My dad had a life insurance policy on me and one for my sister where he was beneficiary. My mom was not listed on the policies. He had taken out a loan... Read more »

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You don't have to go to court at all, if your mother will be administering his estate. Have her meet with an attorney as to what to do, as the attorney will want to review all assets and debts related to the estate, before giving any definitive answer. If you or your sister intend to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for North Carolina on
Q: 1: I want estate ownership moved to a relative

1: I want estate ownership moved to a relative (great nephew). Estate (house and 9 acres).

2: I want to live in house and maintain yard (1 acre) as it is mine.

3: I want not to show any income increase (capital gain, other).

4: Inheritance Will with rights of ownership at... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Jun 27, 2022

It sounds like you need to have a consultation with a lawyer to explain what you want to do and why you are doing it. Because while everything you asked is possible it may not have the effects you intend.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on
Q: An organization refuses to admit not seeing a sticker on my car for parking, forcing me to pay a “discount”. Legal/Sue?

My apartment complex put a tire clamp on my vehicle because they thought they didn’t see a sticker. I had talked to them about overriding it because it’s there but they claimed the sticker needed to be placed in the front. No instruction was given to me and nowhere on the lease does it... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Jun 13, 2022

Send them a copy of your lease, you are not bound by a term that is not contained in your lease. Politely ask them to remove the jack and waive the fine. If they refuse then threaten legal action.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: If my wife had a will prior to our marriage that involved her ex husband, is it now null and void automatically?

Wife has a will that involves others including her ex husband. We have been married for a few years and recently came across this will. As we are married and have been so for 8 years, is this will automatically null and void or does she need to do through something else in order to cancel it. And... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Jun 9, 2022

Depending on the wording of the will, any portion that mentions her ex may be void. However, the best resolution for both of you is that you have new wills drafted. The new will would override the older one and you should be advised on how best to protect your assets going forward.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: When someone dies Intestate and there were children out of wedlock, do they inherit?

My husband and I were married 21 years. During that time he had children with other women out of wedlock. What constitutes those children being legitimate to inherit from him? He isn't on either of their birth certificates. He did pay child support and signed an affidavit while legally still... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Jun 7, 2022

Unfortunately in this scenario, all of your husband's biological children as well as yourself are heirs. However, there are some options available to you as the spouse that may cause all of the assets to pass directly to you rather than to all of the heirs.

Contact myself or another...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Can the Attorney create a original from a copy if witness will sign it again even though Testor is deceased?

We can only find a copy of my grandfather's Will. His attorney has a copy as well but the original was given back to him

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Jun 2, 2022

Without your grandfather's original signature any copy is just that a copy.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Dying without a will in North Carolina

If there is no will and the only major asset was a primary residence owned jointly with the surviving spouse, will the surviving spouse be eligible for 100% of the real estate simply because they were jointly on title? All other assets probably worth under $20K.

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Jun 2, 2022

Without seeing the deed I cant say for certain but I would be very surprised if the estate did not pass exactly as you describe.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My Mother left 4 burial plots (bought in the 50s) when she passed, which were deeded and registered with the registrar

of deeds. Probate rep agreed these were real estate and not included in probate. Final Accting probate rep says they are included since my Mom's will says executor must liquidate remainder of estate, both real and personal, and distribute assets. If they aren't part of probate, then how... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on May 31, 2022

Without seeing the will, I can't give a definite opinion on the status of the plots. However, generally speaking, real property will always pass outside of probate unless it is either brought back into the estate to pay bills or left explicitly to the executor in trust.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My Godmother passed away and Me and her niece are in the will for the house. I want to buy her half does the house have

To go through probate or can I continue with the home loan through the bank?

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on May 12, 2022

Unless the house is specifically mentioned in the will that it is to become part of the estate it does not automatically become part of the estate. The executor of the estate will likely have to join in the sale to release any potential interest the estate has but you should do everything in your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: I am the executor of my fathers estate, in process of selling his house. Have received offer

Full asking price at over 90% tax value. Do I need all 6 heirs permission to accept? There was no will and there are no liens. Correction: administrator, not executor

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 25, 2022

If there is no Probated Will then you are not the Executor. You are probably the Administrator and I would advise the purchaser to require the Deed to be executed by all Heirs (who actually own the real property).

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: My father passed away and left a will. My sister and I are co-executers. Will states we splint everything 50%.

My sister took a large sum of cash out of a safe after my father’s death. Am I entitled to the 50%?

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 21, 2022

Yes and no, the cash would have been an asset of the estate, and you would have to pay an audit fee on it. But that fee is relatively minimal, so you are entitled to almost 50% of the cash.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: If a parent dies and has no will and her only son is incarcerated can the sons wife become the executor of the estate?

His aunt is trying to do it but has not gotten the paperwork done yet

Beverly A Stull
Beverly A Stull
answered on Apr 20, 2022

If there is no will, anyone can apply to be an Administrator; there is only an Executor if there is a will. But the son will be notified and can object to it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My grandfather died without a will and I was adopted, do I need the adoption papers?

My grandfather died without a will and he owns the house and has a sizable bank account not in my name. He has no heirs other than me. What do I need to do to get them in my name. I was adopted by my biological grandma and he was married to her the moment she passed away and continued to raise me.... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 14, 2022

There are a couple of questions that will need to be answered before I can give you specific advice. Did your grandfather adopt you as well? And second, are you biologically related to your grandfather? If you can answer yes to either of those questions, you can likely get his assets transferred to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: When being pursued for a debt outside of bankruptcy in NC, is the vehicle exemption doubled when married.

The vehicle is jointly owned with rights of survivorship.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 12, 2022

The debtor spouse can exempt (protect from creditors) up to $3,500.00 equity in one motor vehicle. For a jointly owned vehicle, you take retail value (not trade in), subtract any outstanding liens, and divide the remainder by two. If there is any "wild card" exemption remaining, up to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Civil Litigation and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: If I received fair market value to execute a new deed adding wife, can the transfer be reversed as fraudulent in NC?

I dont want to claim bankruptcy and my only goal is to protect the house. I am being sued by an unsecured creditor. I executed a new deed a year ago and my wife gave me $12,500 out of her 401k for repairs. Can this be considered fraudelent by a judgement creditor? I believe this to be fair market... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 7, 2022

Nothing you said jumps out at me as fraudulent. You have the right to do exactly what you did.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My dad passed away and was paying a mortgage, his brother lived there. Does the house go to us or the brother?

original family home relatives lived there didn’t pay mortgage, house went into foreclosure my dad bought it out of foreclosure and started paying the mortgage and lived there with his brother. My dads brother didn’t pay anything and now says house is his, everything was in my late fathers... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Apr 7, 2022

Did your father leave a will or not? You need to go open an estate for your father if one has not already been opened. If the deed was only in your father's name, the house passes to whomever he left it to in his will, or if there was no will, it passes to his heirs. If there is no will and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My father died last year and assigned his house over to me legally before he died. However, he did not leave a will

How can I get the vehicles off my property with out trying to take claim of them through becoming an administrator of his estate or possibly doing an mvr-317? Can I try to get an abandoned title since they have been on my property longer than 30 days? Can I just have them hauled off at worst? What... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 5, 2022

A bond for this small of an estate would be pretty small, additionally, if you are on good terms with your family they can waive the bond. This may be the best way to handle the matter as it will be quicker. Alternatively, you can apply for an abandoned title. Most scrapyards require you to show... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: I thought a widow of someone who dies would be apart of that persons estate.

was told today that the children are the only Heir.

In 2019 the elderly mother died with out a will, then in 2020 the adult son, of the mother, died with out a will and in 2021 the elderly father died without a will. there is a surviving widow to the son, and three adult children to the... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 1, 2022

Without seeing everything, it is possible that the son did not inherit anything. All of the mother's assets may have passed outside of probate to the father, so the son would not have received anything. Then when the father passed, the widow was not part of the father's estate. The three... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: My grandfather listed a family member as POA and before he passed she listed his home for sale. Can she sell it?

My mentally disabled uncle lives in the home with my grandfather and we know he wouldn’t want him living on the streets. How can we find out if he can stop this process

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Mar 24, 2022

The POA expired at your grandfather’s death so, no, the agent under the expired POA cannot thereafter sell the property. However, if the property was already under contract before your father died, then chances are the buyer can enforce the contract against the estate assuming the POA was valid.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My step dads mom owned 7 acers. she added him and mom to the deed tenants with survivorship.

Mom only one living. there are no wills. can she sign over land to her son

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Mar 21, 2022

It sounds like both your stepfather and stepfather's mother are deceased. If so, then the land is likely now owned solely by your mother, and she has the authority to convey the land as she sees fit.

Without reviewing the deed and seeing documentation regarding the status of all...
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