You probably ought to pay someone to review the actual trust, because some trust purposes can be undercut by the beneficiaries due to changes circumstances, but there is nothing fundamentally problematic with a trust holding property perpetually. A grant of property must resolve title within 21...Read more »
When someone dies without a will, the laws of intestate succession apply. Depending on what other family they leave behind, property may have to be split with the children or parents of the person who died. Generally the person handling the estate will want to wait before paying credit card...Read more »
Must witnesses to a will be found and accounted for in any way in an uncontested probate? What about a self proving will? Must the witness's verifying statement be sworn before a notary? What if only one of the witnesses is alive and can be found?
Proper attestation creates a presumption of authenticity, so it will usually be adequate in an uncontested probate. Beyond that, retaining a lawyer, whose fees are subject to review by the court and who is paid from the assets of the estate, is a good idea.
And the state takes over and puts it up for auction, does the state have to sell it at the appraised amount? There are no taxes owed , however because of other heirs Maryland State allows a certain length of time to sell and distribute all monies .
What!? Get a lawyer. Find out why the state is selling the property. Intestacy has nothing to do with it. If there is an open probate and an appointed personal representative (PR), we need to ask why they have decided to forfeit the property. Is it "underwater" with the mortgage debt and taxes? Is...Read more »
You really need counsel if a spouse elects against the Will, but, generally, spousal share trumps the Will as to the spouse, who takes only through the election, and the rest and remainder goes according to the Will. The computation sometimes get hairy.
From a dog bite attack at the age of 3 my daughter has funds in a Title 13 account in a local bank. She is now 21 years old and wants access to the money. The bank is refusing to let her have it, stating she needs a court order to do so. What can we do to prove there is no court order needed?... Read more »
Maryland Estates & Trusts Code, Sections 13-405(a) (applicable to funds recovered in personal injury/tort claims) and 13-501(b) (applicable in all other scenarios), both provide that full payment may be made to the minor child upon attainment of 18 years of age, without a court order. A court...Read more »
Is there a law in MD that requires filing wills? The MD State Retirement System will not release the $2200, owed from dad's final pension, to my mother's estate/me, without a Letter of Administration from the court. I live in another state and this is extremely difficult for me to do. I already... Read more »
Call the Register of Wills in the county where your father resided at the time of his death. You will have to open a small estate, file his original will, and be issued Letters of Administration to act as Personal Representative of his estate. You can then execute checks, documents, etc. and...Read more »
I am the sole beneficiary and executor of my father's estate. Home was placed in a trust but his bank accounts were not and money (approx. $400,000) is now in the estate account. At the time of his death he had no debt. Prior to his death, we needed to do major updates to or home in order for him... Read more »
Once you have filed the petition for probate, received your Letters, and have filed the Inventory, you can do an advance to the heirs. Since you are the only heir, that would mean you. But, you will be responsible if your advance exceeds the available resources of the Estate after payment of...Read more »
There are multiple potential arguments, but you need to review all of the facts with a competent attorney. Some interesting issues to explore include whether there was a lease arising from the written communications of your mother and your brother; whether the development has unjustly enriched the...Read more »
My mother passed unexpectedly a few months ago. She'd been separated from my father for over a decade but they were still legally married when she passed and he is also on the mortgage and now has full ownership of the house. My father lives out of state, I don't. We would like to keep the house in... Read more »
While it is best to have a lawyer look over the Will, if any, and examine the situation, as a general matter, if all of the potential beneficiaries agree, there is nobody available to complain. If you have available assets and wish to pay off the mortgage so you can change the title, I'm not sure...Read more »
1) Most of the time bond companies (at least those issuing fiduciary bonds in Maryland) consider a Personal Representative who is represented by an attorney to be a lower risk. That is because the bonding company expects the attorney to already know the rules and to handle the estate in accordance...Read more »
Property in a trust does not go through probate, but before you move your home into a trust, you might want to sit down and discuss your situation with a lawyer. Probate administration was massively simplified starting in the mid'1980's, and yet charlatans continue on the lecture circuit telling...Read more »
my dad passed 5 years ago. He named 5 of of his children in the will although 3 of us were not given equal amounts of his money i am finding out. We were named in the will but i found out he had multiple 401ks/stocks/savings/insurance, cash etc that was not distributed to three of the children. I... Read more »
Five years is a very long time for you to first to wake up. Your chances are poor, but the statute of limitations has exceptions, and it is even possible that the statute hasn’t run if the estate was filed recently. The only way to know is to pay a lawyer to review it.
Ex husband took me to court he wanted to put me out of home was unsuccessful but I want to keep it as I reside there with small child and he wants to sell in the divorce she was supposed to have his name removed from the mortgage and all things that pertain to home but she never did what can I do... Read more »
Father died April 2017. GF took the housed said she had filed the will in probate court a year ago. I checked today and still nothing was filed. Could something be amiss? Could she be collecting his retirement checks and other payments without my knowledge? How do I protect my interests?
The beneficiary and her two sons were named in the will. The will was written in 1988 the maker of the will died in 2009, and the will was probated in 2018 thirty years later and none of the heirs have been notified. The beneficiary has no living siblings just children and nieces and nephews
Unfortunately, it is impossible to provide an answer without more details and facts. Consult with a lawyer who can review the will, the dates of death of the maker of the will and the beneficiary, and the beneficiary’s will, if any.
If everything was planned perfectly, so that you don’t need to file a probate, there might be no need for counsel. Even if there are small omissions, the surviving spouse might do just fine handling the estate pro se. If they need to evaluate the work to be done, a simple one -hour consult with...Read more »
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