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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My brother is POA over my family's finances..is it possible for my brother to change finances to suit him better?

My mother recently had a stroke and things have gotten strange between me and my brother...I asked my mother about the will and she said everything is set in stone and the inheritance will be divided between me and him...but for now things are being paid with our family's finances..which is... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jul 11, 2020

Whether or not you inherit anything is not your decision nor something you are owed or due or have 'coming to you' or even anything you have a right to at this point. It is your families finances and / or property and as such they are allowed to do with it pretty much anything they want.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My father passed away 5/17/20. My stepmother is refusing to let me have anything.

She is keeping his current house and still going on with the $200,000 house they were having built. The land was in his name. I was his only child. She is getting all of the money, the houses, vehicles, everything. All I wanted was a few of his shirts, all of the hunting rifles, shotguns, bows,... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jul 2, 2020

Since your father had no will, if the estate is divided according to intestate succession, his spouse will receive the first $30,000.00 of personal property, one-half (1/2) of the remaining personal property and one-half (1/2) all real estate. You as the only child will receive one-half (1/2) of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Boyfriend and I will move into a home that's solely in his name. How does "right of tendency" work (correct term???)?

He wants to leave the house to his kids but stipulate that I can stay in the home after his death if I so chose. Can they force me out? I would rather refinance so the home is in both of our names and to give me security.

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas answered on Jun 29, 2020

He will need to either title the property to himself, with you having a life estate, or state in his Will that you can remain in the house until you die. Otherwise "yes" you can be forced out, with proper notice. If you are on the loan, you should be on the title, but that doesn't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Adult child dies before parent's will is processed, what happens?

A NC resident dies with a will but the adult child in poor health dies before the will is processed. The child has siblings, a spouse and children of their own.

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas answered on Jun 25, 2020

It depends on what the parent's Will states. In most cases, the property would go to adult child's heirs or the persons/entities the adult child left property to in his/her Will.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My Dad died ..all deeds to property are still in his name _ property fell to my brother & I ..but he won't split propert

My brother wants both properties_ have 2 separate home places_ with land..different deeds fer all property..wants to be difficult splitting property help

Charles Evan Lohr
Charles Evan Lohr answered on May 27, 2020

You should be able to partition the property to divide it equally. Please feel free to call me at the number below if you'd like to discuss further.

Thank you,

Evan Lohr

(919)348-9211

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Civil Litigation and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Can an executor have a deceased person's vehicle towed from someone else's property?

My father passed away and I am his executor and sole heir; my siblings were not granted anything in his will. He died at home, and the police gave his keys to my brother who lives next door. Immediately afterwards, my brother took my dad's truck and put it on his own property. The police... Read more »

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas answered on May 21, 2020

The police won't get involved, as they do not want to be in the middle of interpreting civil documents, unless that civil document is a Court Order. As executor, you have a duty to collect all property and then distribute it. If he won't return the property, or buy it for a fair market... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Mother left commercial property to me in her will. It is located in NC. Is it mine upon death w/ no probate necessary?

I want to avoid probate and was told that upon death the property is mine. Do I have to go through the court system?

Charles Evan Lohr
Charles Evan Lohr answered on May 13, 2020

Yes, the will must be admitted to probate in order to establish the chain of title. Feel free to contact me if you would like assistance.

Evan Lohr

Attorney

(919)348-9211

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Mother Passed Away

My mother passed away in late February. She DID NOT have a will. She left behind a home on an acre of land. I believe the home and land were in both hers and her husbands names. Her husband, we never got along well, is living there now. I am her only child. Her husband had 2 children from a... Read more »

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas answered on May 13, 2020

Since she did not have a Will, her property would be distributed under the laws of Intestacy. If the home was titled to both as a married couple, the home would be his outright. If not, you would be entitled to 1/2 of it. To initiate the process, you will need to take a certified copy of her death... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My mother passed away a couple months ago. Her husband (4th husband) survived her.

He is now residing in the house on an acre of land. My question is what am I entitled to as her biological son? He has two daughters from a separate marriage who live half way across the country. I believe the home is in both their names. Any information would be appreciated. I want to know my... Read more »

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas answered on May 13, 2020

I am sorry for your loss.

To find the answer to your question, you'll need to find out if she had a Will. If she had a Will, it will dictate what happens to everything she owned. As to the house, this will depend on her Will, and possibly how the house is titled. If it is titled as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My dad passed away in high point nc this week. He didnt have a will but my uncle doesn't want me going to his house

Until the end of the month. My dad rented rooms out and I'm afraid things will go missing what are my right by law. I live in south Carolina

Charles Evan Lohr
Charles Evan Lohr answered on May 11, 2020

If your father didn't have a will, then you, his other children (if any), and his spouse (if any) would be a beneficiary of his estate, so you would own the property and have access to it. You would need to open an estate to show the transfer of title to the property (there is a relatively... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: In NC can I have my spouse removed from deceased grandfathers Land

I had to leave because he wouldn't an I am hier to the land but my husband says he is entitled to half we are not devorced

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Apr 15, 2020

You didn't have to leave (and likely should not have unless there was physical danger) you could have attempted to force him out by filing a Divorce from Bed and Board. That is likely still an option so you should consult with a local family law attorney ASAP. And BTW your spouse is likely... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: I was given power of attorney medically for my mother. We resided in same residence as I was caregiver

Her estranged husband has been taking possessions and trying to sell properties PLEASE HELP SHE HAD NO WILL

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Mar 11, 2020

You can hire a probate attorney and get yourself appointed as executor of your mother's estate. You will then have the power of the probate court behind you to demand the return of all of your mother's things so that they can be properly distributed according to the terms of her will or,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: How do I get property after someone passes
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Feb 20, 2020

The process of retitling assets of a person after he or she passes is called probate. A probate attorney can help walk you through how to do this. Personalized advice cannot be given in this forum. A consultation with a probate attorney is necessary because the process depends a great deal on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: I live in North Carolina. My uncle just passed and my dad and his brother said I can have the house.

How do I go about getting the house?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Feb 20, 2020

You have not provided enough information to answer your question. First we need to know who is supposed to inherit the house. Did your uncle have a will? If yes, who is named in the will to receive the house? If no will, did your uncle leave behind a surviving spouse or children of his own?... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My daughter’s boyfriend died in car accident. been together 10 yrs. live in NC. he had no will. He owns their home.

How long may she (and their 2 sons) legally remain in the home when family goes into probate?

Ashley Kevitt
Ashley Kevitt answered on Feb 6, 2020

If the home is in his name alone then it is going to pass to his heirs after the probate process is completed. That means it is going to go to his blood line according to the NC intestate statute. In this case it will go to his/their children but if they are under 18 then their mom will most... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: In regards to intestate succession, how would the non-distinction of half-siblings be interpreted?

Siblings grew up together in one household since birth however one sibling was born out of wedlock (infidelity on the maternal side yet raised by the father as his own). Both parents are dead now (mother died first, father died recently hence the succession) without any wills. Does the sibling born... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Jan 28, 2020

In North Carolina, there is no distinction between half and whole siblings. NCGS § 29-3. Certain distinctions as to intestate succession abolished. In the determination of those persons who take upon intestate succession there is no

distinction:

(1) Between real and personal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My brother is in probate sister removed as mom's guardian. Can I enter the case so I can give the judge a proposal?

My brother has been in court for 2 years to try to get my sister removed as Mom's guardian. He has kept me out of the process to care for my parents and my sister is against all of us. I want to enter the case to give the judge a proposal to just remove all siblings from the parents care.... Read more »

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Jan 23, 2020

You can file a motion to have the guardian removed and seek the appointment of a neutral guardian, or you have the right to appear at any hearing and present your testimony in support of your brothers motion.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Insurance Bad Faith and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Wanting to know if I have a case?

My homeowners insurance refused to pay off my house after my husband passed away because they said it was in a grace period. It didn't get paid for that month but when he passed it was still in a grace period. Called around 7 or 8 times and they kept refusing to honor it.

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Jan 22, 2020

This doesn't sound like a homeowners insurance but maybe life insurance. Ultimately it's a contract issue. If the default was not cured there may not be relief. However if he passed during the grace period, generally the policy should be honored.

Consult an experienced civil...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: How can I avoid probate of my house in NC upon my death? I'ma widower. Are a Trust or life estate the only options?

All other non-real property is set via POD designations to pass equally to my two adult daughters. My goal is to avoid probate.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 17, 2020

You may be able to do a life estate deed. You should consult with an estate planning attorney in your area.

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