I am disabled and cared for My mom and lived in the home. I never filed the will that was made 2011 with 2 Witnesses There is a pending bill for $101,000 in back taxes. The will states that I am the executor and I keep all real estate and belongings I live in the house and don’t work. I only get... View More
Unless and until a Will is probated, it does not pass title of a decedent's assets to the heirs named in the Will. You have four years from the date of the decedent (your mom)'s death to probate her Will. Legally, you are allowed to probate a Will without a lawyer; however, in practice,...View More
Our mother passed away in Oregon in 2019 and used her power of testamentary in her will to create a new trust for her grandkids from money in her other trusts. It never went through probate as far as I know. Looking online now, it seems to me like maybe it was supposed to go through probate because... View More
Yes, usually you must probate a Will in order to implement a testamentary trust, however, you bring up several facts that could change this answer (mom's other trusts and the fact that mom died four years ago). I recommend you consult with an experienced probate attorney who can help you sort...View More
If I understand the question properly, your father has passed, and only his name was on the deed to the house you're interested in. Your mother, who was not married to your father, is still alive but not competent, and you want to put the house into your name alone despite the fact you have...View More
HE was born in Puerto Rico. His will states ALL his Property & Assets are to be Equally divided to his 2 Biological Daughters (two different wives) & StepDaughter. He owns 2 Homes & Parcel of Land & no mortgage in Ceiba, Puerto Rico & 1Condo Property in Pompano Beach, Fl with... View More
I am very sorry for your loss on the passing of your father, please accept my condolences at this sad and difficult time for you and your family. Since your father owned property in both states, some version of probate will be required in both states. You will want a Florida Probate Attorney to...View More
Real property is specific devise to only 1 of 3 beneficiaries. It is the bulk of the estates value. non devised beneficiaries feel estate administration fees should be paid proportionately from the real property devisee share as fees are calculated on estate value. Are they right and is there... View More
Under California law, estate administration fees are generally paid from the estate as a whole before distribution to beneficiaries. This means that the fees are not directly allocated against individual beneficiary shares based on the value of each share. Instead, these fees are deducted from the...View More
My good friend died last December and from what I was told he did not have a will. His 2nd cousins were supposed to get the estate. Last Sunday I received paperwork from the court house listing me as a beneficiary and the 3 cousins on there were listed as second cousins. One cousin received letters... View More
In cases where a person passes away without a will (intestate), the distribution of their estate is governed by state law. These laws dictate who qualifies as a beneficiary, typically prioritizing close relatives like children, spouses, and parents. If no such relatives are available, more distant...View More
Grandpa died with 401k. I hired a probate lawyer. I did not know 401k has a beneficiary. Now the estate has $0, but the probate court believes it's worth $225,000. Everyone rec'd the notice about the worth of the estate. I'm the executor. I can't pay any bills, taxes, lawyer I... View More
Sometimes it happens that a probate is started but we find out that the assets all have beneficiaries. In that case the probate can be withdrawn. However, it sounds like you have other assets besides the 401(k) to include in the probate. If the car and the manufactured home are in your...View More
In California, the law regarding the sale of a vehicle belonging to a deceased person before probate is primarily governed by the California Probate Code. Probate is a legal process through which a deceased person's estate is properly distributed to heirs or beneficiaries, and any debts are...View More
In California, having letters of administration with limited powers for your mother's estate gives you certain authorities, but it does not automatically allow you to transfer the deed of her home into your name. As the administrator, your role is to manage and settle the estate according to...View More
The transfer is accomplished via court Order, not by a Deed. So no, you cannot transfer the property to yourself. Once all procedural requirements have been met, including the preparation and filing of an Inventory and Appraisal, you or your representative will file with the court a Petition for...View More
In California, selling a vehicle from an estate before probate is generally not advised without proper authorization. The estate's assets, including vehicles, are typically frozen until the probate process begins and an executor or administrator is appointed by the court. The appointed...View More
In New York State, the distribution of assets after someone's death is governed by their will and the state's inheritance laws. If your father passed away and left assets to your stepmother, those assets would become part of her estate upon her death.
I am very sorry for your loss the passing of your father, please accept my condolences for you and your family and this difficult and sad time. Generally, it depends, was there a Will and or a Trust, is there a surviving spouse. If there is no Will or estate planning, then it may also depend on...View More
In California, if your status was incorrectly listed as an attorney in a probate case, it's essential to address this error promptly. You should consider retaining a probate attorney who can thoroughly review the case documents and court filings. This attorney can investigate how and why your...View More
In New York State, the distribution of an estate depends on the specifics of the will and the laws of intestate succession. If your stepmother passed away and the will is not yet completed, the distribution of her estate will be based on the existing will, if there is one, or according to state...View More
Is that legal, the court approved the sale based on. A bad. Appraisal. The lawyer obviously knew that and. Using his. Own. Contacts. Found a buyer. Who. Then updated. Counters. Carpet and appliances and sold. The property for. Double. Still in probate a year later and. Waiting on money... View More
It sounds like you're concerned about possible attorney misconduct or self-dealing in the sale of your father's home. If the lawyer sold the home for significantly less than its market value, especially to a friend who then resold it for a much higher price, this could raise questions...View More
Passed in 2021, I just got a copy of the will. My sister was executor, I'm a trustee. My brother sold my dad's land right at 1/2 million, brother took money and bought land and home in brother's name one year before dad's death.
An unexecuted will cannot be probated. Apparently the Father's heirs owned the property. You will need a very good real property litigator in the County of the land to file ejectment, quiet title, etc. actions. All interested parties must be parties. However laches will probably prevent...View More
There is typically no way for the general public to know if court records or files have been sealed unless this is specifically disclosed by the court. Sealed records are, by definition, restricted from public access and inspection.
Instead, here is what generally happens when records are...View More
In California, to request guardianship of a minor, you will need to file several forms with the court. The primary form is the Petition for Appointment of Guardian of the Person (Form GC-210), which is the main document where you state your case for guardianship. Along with this, you'll also...View More
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