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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Hawaii on

Q: my great great uncles deceased, owned some land on the north shore of Oahu. Where and how can I show documents.

I have information birth death marriage certificates to prove proper identity. Is it legal without documents for someone else to sell, own or divide land or even lease it without title.

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 24, 2019

Yes. As a matter of fact I have a bridge in New York City I would like to sell you.

On a more serious note, you need to find a Hawaii probate attorney to help you probate your uncle’s estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Probate for Washington on

Q: POA QUESTION. IS IT LEGAL. SEE INFO

My uncle with POA over my father moved my dad to nursing home and removed over 100k worth of equipment from my dads home and sold it. I am the sole beneficiary of the estate. We now have buy new equipment to take care of the property. POA told us that it was for his medical care. Money was never... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 23, 2019

Fro your side of the story it does appear that your uncle misappropriated funds. The law does provide legal remedies for those aggrieved by such behavior. You will need to fire an attorney and most likely pay a hefty retainer. If your uncle is collectible and sufficient dollars gone missing are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for Washington on

Q: Can. POA take cars, tractors etc from my fathers home and keep for himself. I’m the sole beneficiary of the estate. 100k

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 23, 2019

No. An agent acting under a power of attorney can and must only take actions that are in the best interests of the principal. Self-dealing is strictly forbidden unless the POA specifically permits it. If you are encountering a rogue attorney in fact, you might need to hire an attorney to have a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Probate for Washington on

Q: Does POA have power to limit the time I could spend with my father to 30 minutes a day

This was not done for medical reasons.

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 23, 2019

No. A financial power of attorney does not confer that kind of authority on the attorney in fact, but there is not way to say with 100% certainty without reviewing the POA.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for California on

Q: Married couple both die intestate within a year, and the estate is a house owned in joint tenancy, whose heirs inherit?

The estate is in California. The couple have been married over 15 years. The couple had no children. The wife, who died first almost a year earlier, has living siblings. The husband, who died second, has living cousins. Who would get the house? Obviously, the husband would if still alive, but... Read more »

John B. Palley answered on Aug 22, 2019

Sounds like a case where 1/2 will go back to wife's family since death within 15 years and surviving spouse didn't have surviving spouse or issue. I believe it depends on how closely related the cousins are. Read probate code 6402 and 6402.5 very closely.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Florida on

Q: If my stepdad and I own 50/50 of my moms house after probate and he wants to move out will he still be responsible for

Mortgage.

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 22, 2019

If your dad signed the note, yes he will remain liable.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on

Q: My father had a bank account at his death in 2004. He had no estate and there was no probation. How can I claim it?

Timothy Denison answered on Aug 22, 2019

You will have to open a probate estate, be appointed as Admr, and then you can follow up on it with the bank.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Texas on

Q: Texas laws: Can A Guardian of an elderly mother, who is incapacitated, withdraw funds from her mother's living trust?

Mother & father are settlors, primary beneficiaries, & co-trustees. Mother has been incapacitated. Father has been grossly negligent in his fiduciary duties as co-trustee. He has withdrawn/spent large amounts from the trust for his own benefit & didn't use any of the withdrawals for mother. Father... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Aug 22, 2019

The rights of an incapacitated co-trustee of a revocable living trust depend on what the trust document says. Most revocable living trust documents state that the co-trustee, in this case the husband, shall make all decisions in that event. Similarly, most revocable living trust documents state... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for California on

Q: my lawyer settled my case and 1991 and became not eligible to practice law in 1993 does that have an effect on my case?

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 22, 2019

No, that does not have an effect on your case. And, besides, you approved the settlement, right? Attorneys are not allowed to settle cases without client approval.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for California on

Q: ln a California court probate counter claim the respondent has not gotten back to me with objection or approval it's

Been thirty days what do I do how come she doesn't have to reply by a certain date as I always do and when does my 90days start to reply to her objection if I don't know what she has decided

Richard Samuel Price answered on Aug 22, 2019

In probate court, the respondent can object orally at the hearing; the respondent does not have to file an objection with the court within 30 days of being served with a petition. Probate court is not like civil court when it comes to the pleading stage.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for California on

Q: Do I need a special order to quitclaim property? My order for probate says I'm Administrator with Full Authority

Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Aug 21, 2019

If by quitclaim, you mean sell, then you do not need a special order for the sale to proceed. However, you still have a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries, and you must follow the mandatory procedures, such as giving proper "Notice of Proposed Action".

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Probate and Trademark for Massachusetts on

Q: How do I find out about a will from my great grandfather??

He was an inventor and patented at least 2 machines that I no of. How can I did out about patents payments inherited residual or my rights???

Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Aug 21, 2019

If you are the Court appointed Personal Representative of his estate, then you have authority to

contact the Patent Office or you can engage counsel or a search service. Also, you will be able to

review his tax returns, and financial and all other records.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Probate for California on

Q: my 50 50 partner in a c corp passed away in may with no will. should I appoint a new board member or not? can I ?

Richard Samuel Price answered on Aug 21, 2019

You'll have to review the bylaws and/or the shareholder agreement for any clauses of what would happen if a shareholder dies. If the bylaws and/or shareholder agreement are silent on the issue, then California law applies, which is complex. You should contact an attorney near you for advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for California on

Q: In CA do I need to quitclaim a condo to the estate and then quitclaim from the estate to a person? How do I sign 1st one

Richard Samuel Price answered on Aug 21, 2019

As the personal representative of the estate, you can transfer the property directly. You do not need to transfer it from the decedent to the estate (the estate is not a separate person).

If you plan to sell the property, you would sell it through an escrow company and they would prepare...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Probate for North Carolina on

Q: What is the punishment for defrauding a urinalysis for the court system I am on probation and got caught.

Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Aug 21, 2019

It will be a violation of your probation at least. Consult with a local criminal law attorney who can review your situation in more detail and provide you with options. Best of luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Maryland on

Q: I have 2 text messages from my deceased spouse saying I can have the house, Can I submit this to the court.

He died without a will and now I need to pay his adult children he had before we married, becasue oft he value of the home. My name is not on the deed. I am in Maryland

Richard Sternberg answered on Aug 20, 2019

You should sit down with a lawyer to review the estate and your rights. While a text is not a Will, and it will not be binding, you have certain rights as the spouse.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Minnesota on

Q: Adopted sister and possible lack of a will

She was adopted as a baby and is now 42. If she doesn't have a will, or that her wishes are spelled out, will her biological mother/siblings be entitled to what she owned after she passes away, or would it go to her adopted family?

Joshua Damberg answered on Aug 20, 2019

If someone passes away without a Will, they are deemed to have died Intestate. Minnesota then sets forth a "default estate plan" for the person. This default plan basically sets forth that the persons closest living family members have priority to act as the Personal Representative (or Executor)... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Business Law and Estate Planning for California on

Q: my 50 50 partner in a c corp passed away in may with no will. her stock shares are going to probate.

in probate, will they simply give away her shares of stock? or will they also valuate the company and demand a payment be made to the new shareholder? he is not a director, manager or majority shareholder in the company.

Bill Sweeney answered on Aug 20, 2019

If valued over $150,000, the share ownership will likely be probated and the shares will likely be distributed to the intestate heirs. You should retain competent counsel to review your situation, including any agreements between the shareholders regarding death of a shareholder.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Missouri on

Q: My mother passed away in nov. 2018, there is my sister, brother and me. My sister was POA. Also she was The executor. My

mom put my sisters name on checking account and title to condo so my sister had total control of all her assets. My mom has given me $12,000 about 4 years ago to buy a car. Never was discussed as a loan. After my moms death my sister decided that was a loan and she deducted that $12k from my share... Read more »

David S. Schleiffarth answered on Aug 20, 2019

For a "loan" or "gift" to count against your inheritance, there would need to be a writing from your mother stating it as such.

*This response is the opinion of the author and is intended for educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for California on

Q: In CA do I need to quitclaim a condo to the estate and then quitclaim from the estate to a person? How doI sign 1st one?

Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 20, 2019

Your probate attorney should be helping you with this one. If you do not have a probate attorney, then you probably need one. These are not do-it-yourself projects.

To answer your first question, no, the executor does not have to change title of real property from the name of a decedent...
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