The answer to your first question is yes, but ONLY IF the proper deed is executed and recorded. There are several types of deeds in Washington, so please consult an attorney who can explain the differences, so you can decide what is best for you and your partner.
Either a new will or a codicil will work. Conventional wisdom is a new will is better so that the codicil can't be separated from it and "disappeared" and for other reasons. Remember to destroy the old will and all copies of it after the new will is done, and also remember to...Read more »
A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. In simplest terms, gifts can't ordinarily be taken back. For a deeper analysis, attorneys who deal with trusts, estates, etc. are the most knowledgeable in this area. Good luck
Hello estate heir. The probate attorney and executor may be correct. If the estate does not have liquid cash, may have to sell hard assets to fund the inheritance. But more important is the priority of distributions. First, creditors and claims, expenses, legal, accounting fees and bills....Read more »
My dad has will that states upon his death his wife is allowed reside in the house for one year. About a month ago she left him. She moved out and got her own apartment. My dad was then put in a home. She was his main caregiver. She is now quoting the will saying she has the right to the house for... Read more »
The answer does depend entirely on the wording of the will and also on whether the will is accepted for probate. If the will is accepted for probate and says what she says it does then, yes, she has the right to occupy the house for a year. Some attorneys draft rights of occupancy in such a way...Read more »
I am always slightly concerned in dealing with dated documents. Particularly the Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive. The Uniform Power of Attorney Act came into effect in 2017 - as such, I often recommend that these documents be updated. However, of course, an attorney...Read more »
Yes, she can gift the house to her son with a Quit Claim Deed. She can also do a Transfer on Death Deed. Lastly, she can create a living trust with her son as beneficiary. All of these will avoid probate, but the Transfer on Death Deed gives you the most bang for the buck. I would seek an...Read more »
It seems that way because the law does in fact favor the siblings who want to sell. The reason for that is it is untenable in the long run to force the siblings who want to sell to have to wait for their inheritance while the one who wants to occupy continues to live in the property, usually...Read more »
His partner at time of debts til present, knew he was borrowing money from me and also benefited from it. She also helped in lying about his living arrangements and conditions of bail for his 5criminal charges dealing with a minor. How do I collect this debt?
Creditor, you may want to make a claim against the estate of the debtor and send written notice to the surviving partner. If the debt was in the company capacity, then the company should be responsible for paying. If the debt was made in his personal capacity, then his estate should pay for the...Read more »
The only heirs are me and my sister, she's in another state and cannot come down to washington. my dads house is paid off and I want to keep the house. my sister has agreed to sign a waiver to give me the house. Do I have to still go through probate? If I do, do I have to go through personal... Read more »
Hi, Washington resident. Since this estate has real estate, you will have to go through probate. You make arrangements to keep the house, but there needs to be some funds to pay for the probate costs and possible tax return. Something has to be sold from the estate to proceed with paying for...Read more »
The bank says I need the death certificate (which I have) and a letter testamentary (which I do not have). There are only two heirs to consider, myself and my brother, and we are already in agreement on disposition. My father died in Texas (his state of residence) and I live in Washington state. I... Read more »
Since your father resided in Texas and died in Texas, any action on his estate needs to happen under Texas law. I am licensed in both Texas and Washington. You can ask the bank if your father specified a "Pay on Death" beneficiary for the bank account. If so, they should release the funds...Read more »
Depending on the circumstances, probate may have to be initiated in order to properly transfer the property. A real estate lawyer can prepare a deed and tax affidavit which can then be executed and recorded. You may wish to contact an attorney who practices both real estate and probate to...Read more »
She should contact the estate executor. If she doesn’t receive satisfactory answers, she may need to enlist the services of a probate attorney. An experienced probate attorney can represent her interests, and obtain valuable information about the estate. He or she can determine exactly what your...Read more »
I have a trust that is written some time ago by an attorney who is no longer alive.
Much have happened since, and the question is, at what point is a new trust for someone with an existing trust ("Restatement of Trust”?) is created rather than just a trust by the same name but with... Read more »
No other assets, but a bunch of personal loan debt. The car was owned free and clear and all the creditors have been notified of his death. I plan on doing an affidavit or inheritance soon, but I dont wNt to get sued by the creditors for the vehicle. Can they come after it to force me to liquidate... Read more »
Hi, Spokane heir. If your father did not have a Will, you may inherit the car, but under Washington law, all of the debts of your father's estate and all of the assets (owned and controlled by him) are available to pay creditors. All of the creditors must have a chance to get paid from the...Read more »
My fiancé passed suddenly in October. She was estranged from her family and there was a history of abuse by mom. They had not seen in other in over 2 years. There was, apparently, a life insurance policy through her employer. Now, her mom is claiming it since she is next of kin and no named... Read more »
You are in a very weak position, unfortunately. If the policy did not name a death beneficiary, then most likely it is payable to your fiance's estate. If he had a will naming you, great. You can open a probate and claim the life insurance proceeds.
Probably not. An attorney that drafts a legal document for a client needs to put down what the clients wishes are in the document, but does not have a legal obligation to make sure the people listed by the client are appropriate choices.
On another note, many states have a statute that...Read more »
So sorry to hear about this tragic event. When a person dies without a will then the laws of intestate succession apply. If he was domiciled in Washington at his death then the laws of that state will control. Normally, the wife gets a certain percentage of the estate and the children get the...Read more »
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