Arthur Calderon's answer He can always amend his deed to make it where he and your son share an interest in the property with rights of survivorship, or he can draft a will indicating that that particular property goes to your son upon his passing.
Arthur Calderon's answer It would really depend on how the deed was set up. Regardless, it sounds like you may need to consult with an attorney to discuss opening up an estate to handle your mother and step-father's affairs.
Arthur Calderon's answer You will need to have the executor of the estate contact the bank and show them his/her credentials in order for the bank to even allow access the account. Typically, the credentials that the bank will look for will include an order opening the estate for the deceased parent, as well as an order appointing an executor or administrator over the estate. That person, in turn, will be the only capable of accessing any sort of accounts or other material (assuming no other name was put on there) and...
Arthur Calderon's answer Well...yes and no. You'll need to make sure that you follow the statutory guidelines to ensure that is considered a valid will. Unfortunately, signing and having it notarized is not enough to make it valid.
Arthur Calderon's answer First and foremost, you will need to consult with an attorney to discuss the steps to open up an estate for your parent. Additionally, because we are talking about a family home, part of the analysis will hinge on how the relevant deed is set up.
Arthur Calderon's answer Possibly, depending on whether there is a will or your great-grandmother died intestate (without a will). You will likely need to consult an attorney to determine whether ---and to what extend--- you may have an ownership interest in the property.
Baskin Lowber Jones' answer The most common way to clear up title on land is to open an estate on the person who has died if you are their direct descendant with no other descendants. There are other ways, but this would likely be the most direct route.
Arthur Calderon's answer I'm assuming that your question goes more towards a custody modification. First and foremost, a copy of the custody order would be needed to see how custody is explained. The second thing would be for an attorney to talk with you about the standard necessary to modify custody (in which case, assuming you meet the requisite threshold, a 12 year-old's choice does carry some weight).
Albert Pettigrew, Jr.'s answer It depends on the terms and conditions of the Last Will and Testament or the Trust, or whatever instrument was used for the inheritance. If it is silent about who controls the money, the estate executor has a duty to transfer the inheritance to the child's guardian. If there is has been no probate of the estate by an executor, anyone can apply to be the temporary administrator in order to protect the assets.
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