I live in California, my mom passed in Pennsylvania. My mom passed away in 2010 and her boyfriend at the time was trying to get me and my sister to sign over all of my moms assets to him so that he can take care of my half brother and sister At the time I was very young, me and my sister ended up... Read more »
I am looking for information regarding the removal of a statement in my deed that my grandmother (Grantor) would now like to have removed. The following is what she is wishing to have removed. "Reserving unto the Grantor a life estate in the within described property." This deed was done in... Read more »
The actual process of removing the life estate is fairly simple (for an experienced real estate attorney, anyway), but it should not be done without legal advise as to income tax, property tax and other implications, such as the effect this might have on Medicaid pre-planning.
The answer depends on what your father's will says and the age of the daughter. He might have left everything to the daughter. He might have left everything to his wife. Or he might have done something else. Hire a probate attorney in the vicinity of the town where your father lived when he...Read more »
the wife didnt notify me of his death, omitted me from his obituary. I am his first born daughter. They met while I was living with dad in high school. She moved in, was his college student at the time .
The court decides who gets to serve as executor. The first natural choice is the person named as executor in your dad's will. Unless someone steps up to prove that person is not qualified, that is who will be appointed.
My parents have house in Florida. My dad died. My mom would like to add myself to her deed. Would I have to pay inheritance tax on this property? My mom also has it in her will the house is mine. She also wants to continue her insurance policy that would be grandfathered to me as well as long as my... Read more »
To advise on the Deed used for the Florida property, it would be best to consult a Florida real estate attorney. Does your mother reside in the Florida house or does she live in Pennsylvania with just a second home in Florida? Additional information would be needed to provide an accurate response....Read more »
My brother purchased our childhood home from my father. My father agreed to hold the mortgage which is legally recorded. Does he have to get a new mortgage to pay back the estate in order to settle (there are 4 of us) or can he take his portion of the inheritance and put it towards the balance and... Read more »
I am the youngest of us 3, and I am named the Executrix in my moms will. I can't meet with an Estate Attorney until August 13 and found out my brother moved his girlfriend into my moms house with him. (She has her own key) He thinks he is owed everything and has lived there scott free for 7... Read more »
This is a fairly common scenario and the answer is always the same. First, you need to hire a probate attorney to assist you with getting the house retitled in the names of the three heirs. Discuss this with your attorney, but as executor, you may have the duty to eject your brother and his...Read more »
My guardian passed away in 2010. I never knew or saw a will, and I was yet a young child. Now, I was cleaning out my home and I found the will. I was supposed to get half the house, half the car, half the funds, everything. I received nothing. I'm now 23 and found out my biological father... Read more »
We have a house that was transferred from my grandparents. The deed reads as:
(Dad's name), a married individual, (my name) a single individual, (brother's name), a single individual, as joint tenants with right of survivorship and not tenants in common. (herein called "Grantees")... Read more »
Yes also you need to consult an attorney for this. While the property is in both name there are estate taxes that need to be taken care of and if you are married your wife has an interest. You really need to retain an attorney to get you through this transaction.
If the trust is revocable, you can do a letter to the trustee revoking the trust. If you are the trustee, it would be a letter to yourself, as trustee. The fact that you were the settlor is irrelevant.
You would then change the bank accounts and have to have deeds prepared for the...Read more »
If the real estate is in just her name, you will have to open an estate, presumably with the help of a lawyer. If there are debts, they will have to be paid before the estate could convey the real estate to you. Additionally, there will be an inheritance tax of 4.5% on the value of the land, and...Read more »
... You won't need 2 attorneys ... The main focus should be an attorney well versed in the laws of the state where your mother resides (Pennsylvania) ... That attorney will know how to handle items owned by your mother outside of Pennsylvania ...
Is it OK that my will mentions this trust but I decided not to do it. There was no way to take it out. According to them it automatically does it and they told me to check with my state to see if it matters that it says there is one and I don't have one.
eldest son. I would like to add a clause that if my neither my spouse nor my eldest son are unable or unwilling that the responsibility would go to my youngest son. Can I just add an addendum myself to the document or do I have to have all new documents drawn up? I live in Pennsylvania. Thank you.
We purchased the property from our grandparents prior to their passing long before either of us were married. Previously, my brother was advised that in the event of divorce his wife would not be able to acquire ownership as it was property he held prior to marriage, and she has contributed... Read more »
You would need a lawyer to review your deed and advise you.
As a general principle, if your deed says that you own the property as joint tenants with right of survivorship, if one dies, the property passes automatically to the other deed holder. On the other hand, if the deed says...Read more »
Our fathers will has a residue clause, if anyone predeceases me, his share be given to his then living issue, per stirpes, & in default of any such issue to be divided equally between survivors named above, (my sister & me) Does this include executor responsibilities, since my father has passed?
Apparently you father's will didn't name an alternate executor. In that case, a new one will have to be appointed. You and your sister and agree as to which of you may take that role or ask that one be appointed by the court. You can serve as co-executors as well. I highly recommend that you...Read more »
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