Massachusetts requires two witness signatures but it is recommended that you have the Will notarized so there can be no challenge as to whether it was you who signed it. So I would have my Will notarized which you should be able to do at your local bank branch or a local office supply store, et...Read more »
He died in June 2013, leaving a large mortgage behind and there was no equity in house at that time either. My name is not on the mortgage but i have continued making all the mortgage payments all this while. I was advised by a lawyer quickly back when he died that I had no estate to split because... Read more »
In whose name is the property. As his wife you can assume the mortgage so long as you live in the property. Under MA law, the first $200,000 of equity in the estate passes to you and the balance of the estate is split the remainder of the estate.
Yes, contact an attorney immediately and file a complaint in the probate court, if the matter is still pending their or in Superior Court if the probate matter is closed for fraud. A great deal of additional information is necessary. However, lawsuits are expensive.
MY MOTHER OWNS A HOUSE WORTH AROUND $500,000. SHE CURRENTLY HAS A $100,000 MORTGAGE ON THE PROPERTY. THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE HAS RECENTLY BEEN DONE, NEW WINDOWS, ROOF AND SIDING. THE INTERIOR OF THE HOUSE NEEDS A LOT OF WORK. MY BROTHER WANTS TO MOVE IN WITH HIS WIFE. HIS PLAN IS TO GET A... Read more »
The only way your brother can get a new mortgage on the property is if he takes an ownership interest in the property or he enters into a rental agreement with your mother and she gets the mortgage and he can guarantee it. The issue is how the $400K in current equity is split between your brother...Read more »
Living siblings. Executor asked for rent monthly to pay taxes and such for other apartment. (2 family dwelling). Executor has passed away now another sibling has said they are raising rent to repair home (which we live in) and we were not notified by deceased siblings wife nor given option to pay... Read more »
From your description it sounds like the property is co-owned in some way by your mother and her siblings/their heirs. All co-owners of a property are legally responsible for the expenses like property taxes. That is not "paying rent" in a legal sense since it is between co-owners, it is...Read more »
If the deed is still under her name then only the Personal Representative of her estate can transfer the property. Depending on several factors the Personal Representative may first need to petition the Probate Court to obtain a License to sell the property.
In charge of it. The trust states that the executor has the power to sell my home, and the proceeds r to go to me, as the beneficiary. But, as I said, he has not reached out to me & is not fulfilling his duty as executor, or administrator. The bank started the foreclosure process, due to a... Read more »
You can file a Removal Petition and Request to be appointed successor and also file an Equity complaint which would include the Trustee and the Foreclosing bank explaining to the Court that the Trustee should be ordered to pay the mortgage or act to sell so as not to loose the corpus. These are...Read more »
Executor refuses to sell the home bc the proceeds will go to me instead of him. Because he hasn't dealt with the bank either, they r trying to foreclose on my home now. Can I petition the court to remove him before it's too late? Or, do I need an attorney to do that? Any advice would b... Read more »
A Will states how your estate is to be disbursed upon your death. Trusts are created for a variety of reasons, to avoid probate and the costs associated with probate, for tax purposes if needed, and finally to make sure the proceeds of your estate are passed over more than a single generation....Read more »
So all our bank accounts have both my SS # on it and my partners. ON my money and bank account, my name is first with my SS # and then my partners name is on it with partners SS # on it. We each have access to accounts and either one can take money out. They are owned jointly. But we each... Read more »
Generally the survivor becomes the owner of the account and it is not part of the probate estate which is governed by the Will, but you should consider clarifying that this is the case in your Will by so stating that the account is not intended to be divided as part of the estate but is a...Read more »
I assume the title is as joint tenants. Until your mother dies you both own the home. The fact she temporarily is not living there does not mean you own the home. Assuming your title is as joint tenants, when your mother passes you record her death certificate and at that point the sole title to...Read more »
You need to consult with a real estate attorney to discuss the details of your goals in order to figure out the best way to structure it legally. Do not try to do this yourself using a form contract because there are many different possibilities and you don't want to end up doing it in a way...Read more »
My mother passed away intestate in Jan 2014. Recently, I was appointed PR of the estate. In addtion to myself, my sister and brother are the only legal heirs. The estate's only asset is the family home which is a multi-family, 3 decker, located in MA. Currently, my sister resides in the 1st... Read more »
This presents a complicated issue. I would go to court and ask for permission to charge and collect rent as well as sell the property, not so much as to get permission but to save you from a contest over your actions by your sister in the future. I would contact an attorney immediately for help....Read more »
My grandfather had a wife and 3 children. In his will his wife gets 100% unless she dies. Then it states that child A gets 1/3, child B gets 2/3, and child C is excluded from any inheritance on purpose. Child A is decieced, leaving behind me, his son. Child B is deceased with no children. Child C... Read more »
First of all until your grandfather dies he is able to change his Will if he is competent to do so. The language of the Will would be examined to determine who the devisees are and there are also the heirs who would receive notice so that a contest may occur. Without seeing this instrument it is...Read more »
It depends on how your father's estate planning is structured -- it is not 'automatic' ... If your father had a will you will take whatever he provided for there. If not, you will take according to the plan set forth by the state legislature in the state your father resided....Read more »
You need to file a petition to open the estate and claim the property. Check to see if an estate was ever opened before for the owner whose name appears on the deed. First, contact a local title search company like Quirk Title and order a title for the property. Check with the probate court where...Read more »
Hello, If you were the beneficiary of the life policy or if you were the only survivor as a contingent beneficiary, then you will need his death certificate and death certificates of the other contingent beneficiaries if you are the survivor. Now, that said, sometimes no beneficiary is named and...Read more »
It is the person appointed Personal Representative's responsibility to do so, or if everything is in a Trust, the Trustee's responsibility. Apart from looking for the Will or a copy of the Will, he should not have done anything by himself.
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