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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Arkansas on
Q: My father & mother owned our family home. My father remarried after my mother’s death. Dad has told me and my cousin on

Separate occasions that I would inherit the house and that he had a will. He also said he wanted my stepmother to live there until she dies. My dad passed away November 8, 2019. Now my stepmother says she can’t find the will. What should I do? Should I open probate or wait for her to die before I... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 23, 2020

Wills do tend to "disappear" when the person in possession of it doesn't like what it says, but the person in possession does have a legal obligation to turn it over to the probate court. If you have ANY evidence that there was a will (a copy, someone who witnessed it being signed), you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Probate for Mississippi on
Q: If my husband dies while paying a secured loan, am I responsible for that loan. Can they take the collateral from me?

My husband made a loan and used a lot of our household stuff.Can they take that from me or make me pay his debt? We live in Mississippi which is not a community property state.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 23, 2020

If you stop making the payments, they can take the collateral for the loan. This is true whether or not they make a claim as a creditor in probate.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for California on
Q: Do I notify the lender that my parents have passed? The mortgage is current
James Edward Berge
James Edward Berge answered on Jan 22, 2020

It’s not necessary as long as you keep making the mortgage payments, but if you want to know the outstanding balance or want your monthly statements to be sent to another address, then yes, let the lender know of your parents death. Now, if you’re dealing with a reverse mortgage, the lender... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for California on
Q: Dad passed oct 2019, mom passed dec 2019. There is no will & there is a mortgage. Do I continue to pay house?
James Edward Berge
James Edward Berge answered on Jan 22, 2020

Yes. If you fail to pay the mortgage, you will lose the home to foreclosure. Death of a borrower does not trigger a due on sale clause. If you make the mortgage payments, keep track of them all and claim reimbursement from the estate when you can. Without a Will, the children will inherit the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: I was my mothers care taker and I was living in her house when she died,my question is can my siblings evict me?

My mother left no will it's got to go through probate,also I have been the sole care giver and have lived there for 5yrs what are my rights.

James Edward Berge
James Edward Berge answered on Jan 22, 2020

Your siblings have no legal authority to evict you from your mother's house. Only a personal representative for your mom's estate would have the authority to do so, and to become a personal representative requires a probate. Until that time, you have every legal right to remain in the house. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Georgia on
Q: I have 2 minor sons whose father died last year. He had life insurance and left money for both of them in their names.

The company put the money in an account for them which I cannot touch. I need access to this money for daily living expenses since I can no longer collect child support. What, if anything, can I do?

Robert W. Hughes Jr.
Robert W. Hughes Jr. answered on Jan 22, 2020

The companies should not have placed the money into accounts for the children. You should file for a conservatorship and claim the money. You also should be getting social security checks for the children to replace the child support. You should seek the help of a lawyer with knowledge of these... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Where can I find the forms needed to file for Oklahoma probate?
Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Jan 22, 2020

Even simple probate cases require a multitude of forms. Some county courthouses have law libraries with form books but knowing which of the hundreds of from to file and the timing thereof is complex. That is why attorneys who don't handle probates hire other attorneys to handle those matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Collections and Probate for Oregon on
Q: What is the legal process to gain legal authority to act on deceased behalf when there is no will and no estate?

My sister was struck and killed by a car in November 2019 in Portland OR. She was married and has no children. She died without a will and what we believe is an insolvent estate as we came to find out that she was secretly in a mountain of debt. Many collections agencies will not release... Read more »

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis answered on Jan 22, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, there is no legal way to obtain the information you need about your sister's debt without filing a probate. Since your sister passed without a Will her spouse will inherit her estate through Oregon's intestate laws. I recommend he hire an experienced... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Texas on
Q: If child 18 yrs died 4 1/2 months AFTER her father in TX, is she an heir equal to her 4 siblings and 2 step siblings?

I asked Atty probating husband's estate several times in writing about deceased daughter. Atty said deceased child wasn't an heir; did not inherit share equal to siblings. Despite my concerns Atty filed estate documents w/out incl. deceased child as an heir. Now Atty sent me deed from estate to... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 22, 2020

If the daughter lived for 4 1/2 months after the father passed away then she is considered an heir at the time of his death because she was alive. At this point her share would belong to her estate or whomever it has been determined her estate belongs to. If there is a court probate proceeding... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for North Dakota on
Q: Warranty deed is lost without being recorded with the County. Grantor is now deceased.

My mother did a Contract for Deed on her house with my nephew. The house was paid for in 2014. The lawyer sent out the original deed to my mom's Personal Representative to get recorded. No one recalls ever receiving the original copy nor can anyone find it now. I have a copy of the signed... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 21, 2020

The usual solution is the nephew needs to make a claim in your mother's probate case for distribution of your mother's share of the house to him. He will need to prove that there was a contract and it is now paid in full. It would be helpful to at least get a photocopy of the deed from the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Arizona on
Q: co-executor issues. I’m doing all the leg work, and physical work. She ignores my messages for days. Assets < 75,000

My dad has a will named his co executors as myself his dtr and his significant others dtr (they weren’t married). I want to follow my dads wishes and I feel like I have to hurry up and get everything done. She has done nothing other than sign documents to sell his house. I had to find the... Read more »

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jan 21, 2020

Where there co-executors it is not unusual for one of them to do most of the work. A co-executor can be removed by court order but I would not recommend spending estate assets for this procedure unless the co-executor's conduct is causing loss or damage to the estate. I recommend completing the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a way to look up the life insurance policies of deceased relatives? Specifically one my father left for me.

I'm the child of my father's second marriage. My half sister tells me that our dad left named me and my full sister on a separate life insurance policy. Is there any way for me to find out if this is true? I don't know who / what company the policy is through.

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Jan 21, 2020

Aside from a physical search you might try:

https://eapps.naic.org/life-policy-locator/#/welcome

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Texas on
Q: Does paying back taxes on a commercial property whose owner deceased with no will; property in probate, give ownership?

Deceased 3 years ago and heirs have no interest in the property, likely due to all the back taxes.

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Jan 21, 2020

No. After the heirs probate the estate and receive their distributions, they may sell the property. Or a creditor may probate the estate, file a claim, be reimbursed and, after all bills of the deceased and the estate are paid, distribute what remains to the heirs. Contact a local probate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: My mother died and left no will now my sibling tell me I have to move what are my rights
Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Jan 20, 2020

If your mom did not leave behind an estate plan; specifically a living trust, the estate will go through probate, assuming it carries an overall value in excess of $150,000. Whether probate is necessary however, does not change your rights. Without an estate plan, the estate passes via intestate... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: Can i finally get my home

As a child I bought a house from my sister with money that my dead father had left me in cds at a bank, it was taken by

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 20, 2020

You didn't finish your question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Illinois on
Q: Can I find out if a will was entered into Texas court by my father before his death?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jan 20, 2020

In Illinois a will isn't filed until after someone dies. I'd be astounded if the law of Texas is different, but a phone call to a Texas lawyer should yield a reliable answer.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Texas on
Q: Can I find any information on whether my father left a will in Texas?

My father lived and died in Waco Texas. He died on September 9, 2019.

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Jan 20, 2020

While some people deposit their will with the local probate court, most do not. Most people die without a will. If you have thoroughly searched your father's home an if he did not have a safety deposit box in which he might have put it, chances are good that he had no will.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Arkansas on
Q: How long are they allowed to keep probate open ?
Brandon M Haubert
Brandon M Haubert answered on Jan 19, 2020

There is no time limit to close a probate. However, if the personal representative is not doing what they are supposed to (managing the assets, filing an inventory, filling accounting, etc) then you can file to have those things done and possibly;ly to have the personal representative removed.

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