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Q: My father passed two years ago. My sisters have not sold his house and I am entitled to 1/3. 1 sister lives in it.

The trustee (other sister) expects me to pay 1/3 of taxes, insurance and repairs out of my share. How do I get the house sold and make sure I don’t pay for the sister to live rent free at my expense??

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Oct 23, 2020

The best solution in these situations is for the sister in possession to buy out the shares of the other two co-owners. If she refuses, or if you simply can't reach agreement on a price, then you can hire an attorney to file a lawsuit to force the sale of the house and the three of you will... Read more »

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Q: So my mom passed December 9th 2019 I'm a only child 49 and son. My.cousin is on the deed . How do I get on it ?

Shes trying to sell it. The will was not filed prior to death at the register of deeds and I didnt know about the 6months affidavit. She never showed me the willl so the trying to control the outcome and the bank is owed 16,000 $

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell answered on Oct 14, 2020

Kansas law requires that a will be filed with the court within six months of the date of death. However, if you are a person who might benefit from the will and were not informed of its existence, you may file the will with the court upon learning of its existence.

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Q: How do I obtain an affidavit of one and the same for a deceased person?

My mother recently passed away and signed a transfer on death certificate for her home to me. Upon sending it to the register of deeds they returned it and said that it was missing the middle name initial and they would not release the property to me. They explained that they need an affidavit of... Read more »

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell answered on Oct 8, 2020

Kansas last provides: “59-3502. Same; filing of form with register of deeds. An interest in real estate is titled in transfer-on-death form by executing, acknowledging and recording in the office of the register of deeds in the county where the real estate is located, prior to the death of the... Read more »

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Q: Husband passed. I'm his wife and executioner of will. Sister put property that us co-owned by both in probate.

I married my husband on the 17th and he passed on the 19th. He had a will and left everything to me. Him and his sister were co-owners of property. She has put it all in probate. What can I do about this?

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Oct 5, 2020

I would highly recommend you talk to a lawyer about this. There are a number of additional details that will effect the outcome. However, if he and his sister jointly owned the property where she had the rights of survivorship, those assets are likely going to be hers. She would not need to go... Read more »

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Q: Who gets deceased grandparents assets after their child dies?

My grandparents passed away a couple years ago. They had 11 children. All said and done, they all split everything 11 ways and walked away with around $100k each. My mother recently passed unexpectedly. She did not spend any of the money from my grandparents. Is that money now her spouses (my... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Oct 5, 2020

I would strongly recommend you talk to you in attorney about this. There are a number of variables that will affect the outcome. If she passed away without a Will and as a resident of Kansas, and if the assets did not have beneficiary designations on them at the time of her passing, they will pass... Read more »

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Q: My father has been deceased since dec,19. Do I need a lawyer to put his home in my name? What do I need to Do?

Are there fees to do this? I've been living and paying bills here since February of this year.

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell answered on Sep 19, 2020

Unless a will is located, the laws of intestacy would control who inherits from a deceased parent. A court proceeding would be required to complete a transfer of ownership of the real estate. If there is a spouse, the spouse receives a share of the estate (based upon the number of years married... Read more »

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Q: Do i need a lawyer to transfer my dad's name to my name? He has a home in his name. I've never owned a home before.
Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell answered on Sep 18, 2020

There are several issues that could arise if your dad were to transfer his home to you. You would want to ensure that the transfer was completed correctly. If your dad is a recipient or possible future recipient of Medicaid assistance, the transfer could cause him to be ineligible for Medicaid... Read more »

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Q: I gave a lawyer $1500 to probate my mothers estate. It’s been 2 mo and he has not filed any paperwork. Is this normal?

He refused to return my emails or phone calls. He finally called after a nasty email I sent. I want to fire him but I will probably lose $500 and two months.

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Sep 2, 2020

In Kansas, the process can take some time. That said, if two months have passed since he was supposed to file documents, and if he still hasn't after your recent phone call, you might be wise to at least touch base with another attorney. If the first one didn't do any work, you... Read more »

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Q: K.S.A. 59-1507b - Small Estates Affidavit was filed with Leavenworth, KS Probate court. But something is missing. What?

There was no will so we filed the form, K.S.A. 59-1507b - Small Estates Affidavit, to get Administration rights to close fathers accounts and affairs. We never heard anything from the courts and they won't tells us anything either on the phone or in person. All the court clerks indicate is... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Jul 3, 2020

Generally speaking, there's no need to actually "file" the Small Estate Affidavit. It can be shown directly to the bank or other institution, and they transfer the assets pursuant to the affidavit. On the other hand, if probate administration is needed due the nature of the estate,... Read more »

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Q: Statue of limitations on probate?

Mother posted away 2 1/2 years ago, youngest brother and family took care of her in last months of her life. The lived in house taking care of her, and still do.

Do not know if there is Will?

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Jun 15, 2020

Assuming title is still in Mom's name, and assuming there wasn't a transfer on death deed recorded prior to her passing, and assuming you're trying to figure out how to transfer title to the house, it looks like you will need to go through at least some amount of probate. There may... Read more »

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Q: My father suddenly passed away. My sister is sole beneficiary but there was no will. Am I entitled to half?
Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Apr 27, 2020

There are a number of variables. Generally, if the asset is passing by way of a beneficiary designation, the beneficiary designation will control. If the assets have to pass by way of a probate proceeding when there is no Will they pass pursuant to the default rules in Kansas. In that situation,... Read more »

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Q: how do i file for "standing" on my fathers estate my step mom has not produced a will he passed in january

i also need to admit the probate to the court is that something a lawyer will have to do or can i also dose it matter what order and is there anything else i should be doing

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Apr 18, 2020

In Kansas, generally, the first step is to petition the Court for the admission of and probate of the Will. Any interested party can do that, but you'll need a copy of the Will. You don't technically need a lawyer, but it will be a big help. Generally those legal fees are paid for out... Read more »

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Q: How do I obtain ‘simplified small estate’ probate status?

I’m named executor in my brother’s recent will. Need a probate letter confirming this before a bank will set up an ‘estate account’ to pay bills and receive refund checks in his name. His lawyer said probate filing is not needed since the will was recorded only a couple months ago. What do... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 30, 2020

In order to officially serve as the executor (and therefore have the authority to open an estate account), you will need what's called the Letters Testamentary from the Court. In order to get that document, there are a number of hoops to jump through, including a Petition, Notice, Order... Read more »

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Q: What is the probate court process to request simplified estate status?
Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 30, 2020

In Kansas, there are a series of documents to be completed and filed with the Court in order to have a simplified administration. However, the primary document is a Petition. If your situation allows for a small estate affidavit, review the resources here:... Read more »

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Q: Can beneficiaries get copies of the will before it's filed in probate? Executor does not communicate with others.

There are four beneficiaries to mother's will (she passed approximately 3 months ago). The executor has not contacted/responded to any of the beneficiaries. The financial advisor for deceased parent refuses to give a copy to any beneficiaries, stating that we should get it from executor. How... Read more »

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 19, 2020

In Kansas, whoever is in possession of the Will must record it in Court and send copies to the named beneficiaries and certain family members within six months from the date of death. The controlling statues is pasted below. If he or she fails to file the Will within six months, there can be... Read more »

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Q: Can the siblings of the deceased take away from the children of the deceased? Uncle left no will.

He had no will. 2 surviving adult daughters, sister and brother. He left 2 houses, cars, trucks, and bank account. His daughters are about to open probate and the siblings said they will contest it. What can his daughters do? Before getting passed, he gave his daughter a house. After he passed the... Read more »

Scott C. Stockwell
Scott C. Stockwell answered on Mar 17, 2020

In the absence of a will, a person passes away "intestate", meaning "without a will". Intestate estates pass to the spouse and children; if there is no spouse, then to the children, in equal shares. The first step for children of the deceased is to open an estate. The person... Read more »

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Q: My mother passed away in September with no will or estate. She was the single owner of a home. How do we sell said home?

There was no will, no estate, no POA or deeds to the home signed over to anyone. We know she owes back property taxes. How do we go about getting the home in someone elses name so that we can pay off taxes, take ownership and sell the home so it's not just sitting vacant?

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 4, 2020

Based on this info, you'll most likely need to do what's called a Determination of Descent, which is a limited probate proceeding, assuming the real estate is located in Kansas. Would certainly encourage you to hire an attorney for this.

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Q: Living estate, Do I have any rights as the property owner before my step mom passes away?

She keeps moving things to her new homestead that had been on my dads place before they were married. ....hay barn, small round top shed..neither were attached to the ground. Those are just the things I noticed from the hwy way as she said i was not allowed on the property.

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Mar 4, 2020

Tough to say without more info. I'd certainly reach out to an attorney to represent you and to get more thorough advice. With that said, if you own the property and she is a tenant, your rights are largely governed by the Kansas Landlord Tenant Act and the lease agreement, if any. As for... Read more »

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Q: Beneficiary of a POD account of brother. No assets and no will. Am I liable for any debts he has.

What are my legal requirements?

Doug Coe
Doug Coe answered on Feb 4, 2020

In Kansas, assuming you didn't co-sign on any of his debts, and assuming you weren't a fiduciary for him, you won't be liable for his debts. Without knowing more, it's tough to say if there are any legal requirements to be aware of. Generally speaking, simply being a... Read more »

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Q: my sister power of attorney. Dad's will He told everyone there part separately. I read the will. After he passed the

Will wasn't followed. Me and my brother contacted her and asked what was going on and She said with what. What dad left each of us. She said there was nothing. I read the will when it was drawn up. And my father never changed it that I know and am sure of. What do I do.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Dec 26, 2019

Hire a probate attorney to help you probate his estate. The court can order all property returned to be properly distributed.

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