My father's eldest and last surviving brother, passed away in December of 2016, leaving behind a property & bank accounts, which have gone unclaimed. I helped my Dad find a Lawyer who, was paid a retainer of nearly $3000 but, did nothing for which he was paid -- in fact, he has ignored my... Read more »
As a first step, you could contact an attorney in Puerto Rico who handles Estate Matters. You could also repost your question under Puerto Rico (follow the link that says "Show More States.") There are attorneys who practice in Puerto Rico who are active on this Q & A board. You could...Read more »
Real estate is transferred using a document of conveyance called a deed. However, there are a variety of types of deeds, and the choice is not always obvious. I do not ever recommend using quitclaim deeds because of issues with insurability. That leaves possibly a warranty deed or a special...Read more »
If he owned the property he must have a deed. I assume you mean he does not have a will. Was he married at the time of his death? An estate action must be filed for intestate succession to determine the inheritence rights. Depending upon where he died, someone need to file the papers there and in...Read more »
My father has a will he created by Legal Zoom, when living in NY. He passed away while residing in NC. As I was named the executor, I met with the county clerks office to begin handling his affairs. I was told that NC requires the last 2 pages of the will (notary & witness pages) to be... Read more »
The is no requirement for a notary to be involved in a Will at all in New York. Estate Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL) 3-2.1 requires the signature of the person signing the Will and two witnesses. None of those signatures need to be notarized.
My father was declared brain dead on Jan 9th, and passed away on Jan 24th. His girlfriend has made 2 withdrawals using ATM, one of which weeks after death. The DA said that it's not illegal if he gave her permission; but, how can he give permission if dead? They are not married. He died... Read more »
If you nephew didn’t leave a Will, the law of intestacy sets out the order of distribution. If he had no wife or children, parents would be next, even deadbeat ones. This is why it is important to have a plan. Of course, the father can waive his rights.
There is no one “right” way. It all depends on your intentions. If a client of mine wanted to do that I would have to ask several more questions in order to develop the wording. If you want this done right obtain the assistance of an experienced estate planning attorney.
In case where someone died intestate with no spouse, no descendants at all, and no surviving siblings, parents, or grandparents, my understanding is that the next distributees to be considered are "issue of grandparents".
If one child of the grandparents is still living, and... Read more »
“6) One or more grandparents or the issue of grandparents (as hereinafter defined), and no spouse, issue, parent or issue of parents, one-half to the surviving grandparent or grandparents of one parental side, or if neither of them...Read more »
My father’s estate (death 2016) did not close yet because we had to sell his house, which we could not do until one month ago. But now, the estate lawyer is unresponsive to us. We want to know if I write a letter as the other heir denying need for accounting requests, can my brother, the... Read more »
You can close the estate without a lawyer, but you should probably consult one to make sure everything was done legally, so there are no problems. If everyone is in agreement on everything, closing the estate is simple.
My question is that recently I found out that he had a 401K and he did not have anyone listed as beneficiary since I am his only next of kin am I entitled to any of that 401K? I am sure that all his assets will go to probate and then a decision will be made. Thank you.
A friend passed away leaving his house to his son in a testamentary trust. The Will reads: “The trust shall terminate upon my son attaining the age of 40”. His son is 52 so the Executrix/Trustee is transferring the property over to him. She refuses however to transfer the life insurance... Read more »
Your mom can sue him for breach of fiduciary duty, self dealing and fraud and void the transactions. However, I would need to know more to properly advise you. In any case, you and your mom should speak with an attorney.
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