He had a life insurance policy, a savings account and checking. She is on checking account. She was not on savings and beneficiary of insurance is deceased for 20 years our mother. Can't get a lawyer to return call. How can she do this. Avoid probate. I have called 7 lawyers no one returns call.
answered on Dec 10, 2021
I'm very sorry for your loss. It's possible that your sister is keeping everything because she was a joint owner or payable-on-death beneficiary on your father's bank accounts. It's also possible that your father changed his life insurance beneficiary before his death and could... Read more »
Hello, my good friend of mine recently passed away. She had an will (notarized) saying that I was sole beneficiary to her whole estate no one else. She had no living relatives or family members. I was reading the paper work for the small estate affidavit saying that no convicted felon can file. I... Read more »
answered on Dec 7, 2021
If you are a convicted felon Oregon law does not allow you to file a Small Estate Affidavit. I recommend that you have someone else file it. Possible options are someone who is named as the alternate Personal Representative, an intestate heir (immediate family to the decedent) or a creditor... Read more »
I was given power of attorney y my ex-boyfriend. I took possession of 3 storage units and paid $1400 to save them from being auctioned. Now he wants to revoke the power of attorney and keep me from accessing the units. Is this legal?
answered on Dec 2, 2021
Yes, a power of attorney can be revoked by the principal at any time. Do take care not to do anything after revocation that could expose you to liability for theft or conversion.
You do have a claim for reimbursement of expenses. Take a look at possibly pursuing that in small claims court... Read more »
Is Samual Friedenberg no longer taking clients?
answered on Nov 29, 2021
The price for a Will varies depending on many factors. My law firm usually includes at least one Power of Attorney and an Advance Directive for medical decisions. The range at my firm is for a simple Will package is generally $1,500 - $2,500.
Sam Friedenberg is an attorney with Nay &... Read more »
They also had a mortgage together no saved money separate and joint bank accounts. No living will and no will in general.
answered on Nov 12, 2021
The assets in your mother's estate should be used to pay her bills. You may need to file a probate or small estate with the Court. There's a good chance that your father is now the sole owner on the house so he likely owes the mortgage. However, he might not have to pay your... Read more »
She lives in a nursing home has Medicare and Medicade but no other assets. I would have a difficult time covering her final expenses I want to purchase life insurance to help cover her final expenses. I have heard about filial responsibility laws and am concerned about this.
answered on Sep 4, 2021
Yes, there is such a thing. However, you I’ll most likely find that the premium is about equal to the death benefit at your mom’s stage in life.
My daughter has my mother change her will and put her in charge. Daughter has kept all the assets and ignored the will. My mom had the will made in California where she lived . Before her death she moved to Texas with my daughter where she passed. Which state would I file the hearing in? My mother... Read more »
answered on Aug 27, 2021
If your mother lived in Texas at her death I recommend you start with a Texas attorney. It's possible that the Texas State Bar Association has a lawyer referral number. It's also possible that Legal Aid in Texas could point you in the right direction.
Should I go to Oregon lawyer or California attorney?
I also have 2 Oregon ll s.
answered on Aug 25, 2021
Any time you move across state lines, you should have your estate plan reviewed by an estate planning attorney in the state in which you now reside. In your case, it sounds like that is California. You should have your estate plan reviewed by a California estate planning attorney. There are... Read more »
She was on SSI and medicaid. She has 3 sons that I believe are homeless with no money and her marriage went through dissolution but failed to finalize in the 80's. Estranged husband also homeless with no funds. I don't have the money for standard probate. I am not an heir obviously.... Read more »
answered on Aug 20, 2021
I am sorry for your loss. It sounds to me like you would be best off if you handed this situation to the State of Oregon Estate Administration Unit (EAU). Because your sister was receiving Medicaid there is a good chance that all of the assets she owned at her death will go back to the State of... Read more »
....HOSPITAL AWAITING PLACEMENT IN AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY . MEDICAID PAPERS HAVE BEEN FILED . AM I, AS A SON LEGALLY REQUIRED TO FOOT THE BILL FOR MY MOTHER'S EXTENDED CARE ?
answered on Aug 9, 2021
If your mother qualifies for Medicaid then this program will be paying for your mother's care facility and prescriptions. In general, the family of a person are not legally responsible to pay that person's bills unless the family member signed a contract with the facility, for example.... Read more »
We were looking to do a deed transfer, but I had questions of triggering a capital gains tax, or gift tax. I was advised the recipient will inherit the gift giver's tax basis, thus losing the step up in basis at death that would otherwise have occurred, thus creating in most cases a capital... Read more »
answered on Jul 25, 2021
Example: father purchased the property for $50,000 in the 80s. His orignial "tax basis" is $50,000. So that if he sells it for $50,001 he has a gain of $1. Now its 2021 and It is now worth $200,000. The built in gain is $150,000.
If he holds onto the property, either as a... Read more »
There was another witness present who was said to inherit almost everything according to the will, but that person did not sign. The only signatures on the paper is the testator and notary.
answered on Jul 12, 2021
It is now possible under Oregon's "harmless error" statute that a written document that is not signed in the presence of, and by two qualified witnesses may be a valid will.
The question is whether there is clear and convincing evidence that the testator intended the... Read more »
…for years & now neither Mom nor I know what siblings have drawn up & had her sign. How can I compel them to give Mom & I copies-they have refused.
answered on Jul 12, 2021
You are not entitled to copies of your mother's estate planning documents while she is still alive, but your mother is entitled to not only copies but the originals. If she does not know what she signed, then she should demand the originals and read them or have an attorney help her... Read more »
My Grandmother's Mother passed left, which left my grand mother land and mineral. My grandmother passed which My mother then inherited some land and minerals. My mother's brothers and sister decide not to let her children know they inherited land and minerals so the kids never got any... Read more »
answered on Jul 7, 2021
It sounds like you have a complicated question with several moving parts. I recommend you bring in all the information you have and meet with an experienced probate attorney who can let you know your rights in this situation.
answered on Jun 9, 2021
All valid debts (claims) will be paid through an Oregon probate. The validity of the debt will be evaluated by the Personal Representative. If a claim is disallowed by the Personal Representative the creditor can ask for a hearing and the Probate Judge will determine the validity of the claim.... Read more »
Q: I'm told that I need to prove to the probate judge that I sold it for a price that was fair as of the date of death. Is that true? Can i do that without an appraisal?
answered on May 17, 2021
If you are Personal Representative for your mother's estate you should ask your attorney this question. In general you can have a realtor create a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) for you or you can pay for the property to be appraised. However, there are a lot of fact-specific issues in... Read more »
States if we all have the some parents she gets all because I have a different mom she gets half and I get the other half is this right
answered on May 4, 2021
When a person dies leaving a surviving spouse and children, at least one of whom is not by the surviving spouse then the surviving spouse gets half and the decedent’s children ( all of them, not just you) share the other half equally.
My husband and I are in our 60's and in good health, but looking towards our next chapter, we don't have many assets, just a home and car, but want to have our ducks in a row in case of disease, or dementia. I don't want our children to be burdened with any long term care in the... Read more »
answered on Apr 29, 2021
The whole point of an IRREVOCABLE trust is you are giving up access to principal (and sometimes income as well), so no, YOU would not have access to the principal to use to pay nursing home expenses. However, depending on exactly how the trust is designed, you might have indirect access to the... Read more »
deceased parents home back in Sept 2019 while living in a care home. I wasn't aware of this check until recently. My mom just passed away a few weeks ago and I just found out that the check hasn't been cashed or found. Her brother, my uncle, said that his attorney said the check has to... Read more »
answered on Apr 28, 2021
I recommend you have a probate attorney review this for you. Your attorney will need to see your grandparents' Trust. Very likely since your mother survived her parents but never cashed the distribution check her estate should now get the check (or a new one re-issued by the Trustee). Your... Read more »
If not in the will?
answered on Apr 23, 2021
Oregon does not recognize common law marriage. If you are not legally married or registered domestic partners then you must be included in the Will to receive anything with some exceptions:
You are a co-owner or payable-on-death/transfer-on-death beneficiary (for example, on a... Read more »
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