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1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Estate Planning, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: My step-father owns the house. My mom married him and her name is also on the deed to the house. She died first

and now my step-father passed away. On his will he has his son being the one to get the house. Am I entitled to my mom's half of the house

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 18, 2019

It depends on EXACTLY how the house was titled when your mother passed. It might have all gone to your step-father and then to his son pursuant to his will, but there are a myriad other possibilities. Show the deed and the two death certificates to a local real estate attorney or a local probate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: A married person passed away without a will and has surviving adult children. Does the surviving husband inherit all?

The couple bought a house in NJ while married and have adult children on their own before they were married.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Sep 12, 2019

The answer really depends on the assets such as if it was only a house, maybe? I suggest setting up a consultation with a lawyer if you need to know your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: In NJ. Father did not name estranged son in will but did not disinherit. Is son entitled to a potion of estate?

The will names 2 of the 3 natural children. A copy of the will was sent to estranged son.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Sep 11, 2019

Maybe an attorney would need to read the will to tell you what you're entitled to

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: A dying man's verbal contract and last wishes, between a family member who is a lawyer, witnessed by several individuals

Is it a legal and binding contract

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 26, 2019

The answer depends on which state's law applies, the property that was promised, the value of the property, and whether the promise was supported by consideration.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Contracts and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: A verbal contract, between 2 people , no will. Uncle and nephew, is it a binding contract. Witnesses observed
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Aug 26, 2019

It would violate the statute of frauds

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: My children, ages 20, 17, 14 & 12 in NJ received an annuity from my deceased mother from Texas. Iwas given 3 options:

1. pay proceeds to custodian under NJ UTMA

2. pay proceeds to c a court appointed guardianship for their individual estates

3. Hold the proceeds with the company until they reach the age of majority.

Which is the best option ?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Aug 14, 2019

An attorney would need to know a lot more about you before telling you what your best option would be.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: in new jersey can someone give another person their share of a estate
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Aug 8, 2019

More information would be needed to properly answer your question but in general once the person dies the person who would get their share of an estate can renounce it or even transfer to someone else

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Consumer Law, Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for New Jersey on
Q: Am I responsible for payment of an exorbitant fee to Assisted Living facility that was the result of the facility error?

My elderly, low income mom (on medicaid) resides in an assisted living facility . I pay her rent there every month. They added on a $4,000 charge and recently and claimed it was because they did not bill her the correct amount monthly, going 2 years back. She doesn't have this money, can they... Read more »

Madeline Houston
Madeline Houston answered on Aug 6, 2019

In order to answer this question an attorney would need to review any contracts signed by your mother and by you. Some violations of the law allow you to demand that your attorneys fees be paid by the defendant t in certain circumstances and if an attorney thinks you have such a case and it is... Read more »

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Q: Must estate distributions (not being contested) be made within a certain amount of time? (NJ)

It’s been over two years since a family members death and the attorney’s letter notifying beneficiaries was received. (NJ)

Noel Rivers
Noel Rivers answered on Aug 5, 2019

There is not a set time period in which estates must be settled and distributions made. Each estate is unique and there could be factors at play that make the administration of the estate more time-intensive. I would highly recommend that you simply contact the estate attorney and ask for an update... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: Can an executor distribute property to unnamed beneficiaries (if all parties are in agreement)?

My mother would like to give me my late grandmother's house. The estate is still under probate, my mother is the executor and sole named beneficiary. Can she do this as part of the estate, so that it is not subject to gift tax?

Brian Winters
Brian Winters answered on Apr 29, 2019

That’s not really a family law question. You should consult with an accountant

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: If an ex spouse was awarded 50% of a pension in divorce does her portion pass to her estate upon her death. I live in NJ

I am the only child born to my parents marriage which ended after 25 yrs. The entirety of that time my father worked at, and paid into a company offered pension fund, which my mother was awarded 50% of in the divorce decree. (QDRO) obtained. She predeceased my father, who to my knowledge started... Read more »

Noel Rivers
Noel Rivers answered on Apr 15, 2019

Yes, in all likelihood, 50% of your father's pension that would have gone to your mother would, therefore, go to her estate. Additional information would be needed to say that is the case with certainty. Any experienced estate administration attorney can assist you with this matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: If all heirs can't agree on one administrator, will the court appoint more then one administrator
Noel Rivers
Noel Rivers answered on Apr 15, 2019

It certainly is possible that the court will appoint co-administrators if the heirs are unable to agree.

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Q: Can the executor of an estate use funds from the estate to make a donation without the consent of the beneficiaries

the executrix of my aunt's estate made a $5000 donation to a charity of her choice, not named in the will, without the consent of the beneficiaries

Noel Rivers
Noel Rivers answered on Apr 15, 2019

No, an executrix cannot make a unilateral donation of any amount whatsoever, without having clear, written authorization from the decedent. You would need to read the will and any codicils carefully to see if it contains any provision for a charitable donation.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: We want to buyout our mother, but her name must remain on the dead. How can we make it so that she has < 1% ownership?

My sister and I each inherited 1/4 of a vacation property in Brigantine NJ upon our father’s death. Our mother owns the other half. My sister and I have been paying the mortgage for 5 years now and we want to invest a large amount of money on repairs and improvements. We want to buyout our... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 30, 2019

Your question is far too fact specific and beyond the scope of this forum. Your situation will require an in person consultation and detailed analysis. This is beyond the scope of what most attorneys would handle in a free consultation. This is a very complex situation, more so than you probably... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: Can an auto loan that dad co signed go after his estate if signer is not paying monthly note? Monet is sitting in est

Dad passed I am executor all left to my mom.

Money is in estate account.

Worried monthly car payments are not being made.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Mar 4, 2019

Maybe, but yes you should be worried as the estate may be liable. An attorney would need to review the document to tell you for certain.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: my uncle died with a predeceased sister and two alive brothers. Are the children of my predeceased aunt heirs as well

my uncle died without a will leaving only two alive brothers. One brother renunciated to the other and I (niece) have been handling the Estate. Are the children of my predeceased aunt entitled to per stirpes? If so, are they supposed to renunciate as well making my alive uncle the administrator.... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Feb 9, 2019

We are not supposed to give you specific answers to legal questions site only general answers. I would suggest to get specific answers on what to do, that you setup a consultation with a local lawyer. It may cost a few hundred for the advise, but its better than getting sued later on for doing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: how Protected is a home from a nursing home that the patient will not be returning to? Will it have to be sold to pay?

Nursing home has gotten 300,000 and we don’t want them to get the home too. She has two sons that want to keep it however my husband took guardianship over her 6 months ago

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jan 5, 2019

If its a bill it must be paid, you got the services and agreed to the price they can sue.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: Can a conservator in NJ be changed?

My husbands’ parents have a conservator, but he is intimidating them and bullying them. They were tricked into signing affidavits by their daughter, who is only concerned about her inheritance, saying they are incompetent. Not until after the conservator was appointed, did they know what the... Read more »

Ben F Meek III
Ben F Meek III answered on Jan 3, 2019

Conservatorship usually requires the consent of the wards. They need to get an attorney, if they are being abused emotionally or financially or if they gave their consent under duress or false pretenses. If they truly lack capacity, guardianship is probably the more appropriate remedy, since... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: I am the executor of moms will. Only my sister and I to inherit the house (25% her). Mom only had a 5,000$ insurance.

But had no beneficiary named. Possibly my sister tho. I am on joint bank account w/ mom. Also I am living in the home and took complete care of her when she was sick. Can I as executor find out who was paid if it was sister and when the money will be paid to? Also is the joint bank account... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Dec 22, 2018

These free answer sites are not setup for specific advise and answers that you can rely on. I suggest you speak with an estate lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New Jersey on
Q: Like-kind exchange with siblings for inherited property?

I am the executrix of my dad's estate. Myself and my three sisters are named in the will. The estate tax has been paid. There is a house that is part of the will (equally split) I'm going to be taking over to live in. It's presently still in my dad's name. There was an agreed upon value put on it... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 30, 2018

Best way is to hire an estate planning lawyer, what your asking can be very complicated and has many possible pitfalls and not meant for a short question and answer forum which is basically to tell people whether they should speak with a lawyer or not.

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