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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for California on
Q: I was granted guardianship in New Mexico, but have lived in California the entire time. Do I petition in NM or CA to end

I have always resided in California, does the case automatically transfer? I want to end guardianship and am not sure if I petition in New Mexico or California? Guardianship was not supposed to be this long (13 years thus far), but birth mother keeps having time added to her sentence in prison.

Jackie Marie Howard
Jackie Marie Howard answered on May 18, 2021

Jurisdiction over the case does not automatically transfer, so the court that has been overseeing the case is where you would file.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for California on
Q: Domestic partner survivor benefits

My domestic partner died in februrary and named me as beneficiary for survivor annuity benefits. We were never “registered” as domestic partners but lived together for 23 years leading up to his death. I also have a car in his name i want to sell. He was never married. His benefits... Read more »

Jackie Marie Howard
Jackie Marie Howard answered on May 18, 2021

My condolences for your loss. If you are named as beneficiary, the normal process is for the annuity administrator to have you complete forms. The car would go to his estate by his will, trust, or if neither, then to his heirs by intestacy, which would not include an unregistered domestic... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Probate for Georgia on
Q: Is husband entitled to ex's settlement?

My husband's exwife filed some sort of medical claim or lawsuit while they were married. It is finally settled and she is just now getting compensation for it. Is he entitled to any of that?We are not really wanting any of it, however she has spent the last 2 years threatening to take him back... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on May 18, 2021

He has no claim on her settlement. Tell him to just ignore her. If they don't have any children together, there is no reason for them to communicate.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oregon on
Q: My mom's estate is in Probate (Oregon). I Plan to sell her house. Am I required to first have it appraised?

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?

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis 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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for North Carolina on
Q: In NC can a girlfriend of over 20yrs inherit anything from partner who has died? He had property and has a bank account.

His sister has taken over the house and everything. The car was to go to me and my name is on title. There is no will. It is like I don't or never existed. They have been using his money.

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on May 17, 2021

Without seeing the car title and bank information, I cannot answer your question fully. However, the likely answer is that no, you will not inherit anything. Since the car was at least partially titled to you should still have an interest in that. The bank accounts ownership depends on how they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Estate Planning and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: shut out of property that is co-owned, under joint tenants with right of survivorship fall under unlawful ouster law

after death of parent, my brother, who was an equal owner, under joint tenants with right of survivorship has refused to provide access or keys to the property, which has been co-owned since April, 1994. He is now attempting to make me pay for expenses for that property.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 17, 2021

If in fact you are a joint tenant with your brother, then you may wish to help pay for the taxes, insurance, etc. Somebody has to, or the Trustee will sell it for taxes. You may wish to hire an attorney to file a Petition in Chancery for a Sale for Partition. Also you two could buy each... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Probate for Oregon on
Q: What happens next when the state has temporary guardian and conservator of a lady. APS has been involved.

3 seporate times the lady has wondered out and police has brought her home.

Theressa Hollis
Theressa Hollis answered on May 17, 2021

If a temporary guardian and conservator have been appointed that person will step in to take control of the protected person's medical and placement decisions as well as controlling her finances. The temporary conservator will be responsible to paying all of her bills. The temporary guardian... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Probate and Real Estate Law for Nevada on
Q: I was in contract to purchase a house in probate. The house was sold to some one else in court. I had no representation.

I was told not to come to hearing unless i objected to the sale. I thought the house was to be sold to me so i didnt go. The house was sold to some one else. I had no representation at hearing to counter offer any offers at that time. I have signed contract, sent earnst money which was cashed then... Read more »

Kirk Kaplan
Kirk Kaplan answered on May 16, 2021

The short answer to your question is: Likely not.

Sale of real property through the probate process subject to court confirmation is ALWAYS subject to overbid in the in-court auction. Your signed contract, despite the estate accepting your offer, is still considered an "offer"...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for California on
Q: Barefoot vs Jennings. What is this proving?
Julie King
Julie King answered on May 16, 2021

The case relates to who is allowed to bring a claim in Probate Court to challenge the validity of a trust or trust amendment.

As a quick background, the law only allows certain people to sue for certain things. For example, If a lady loans her lawnmower to her neighbor and the neighbor...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Probate for Arizona on
Q: As a Executor how long legally can you hold claim to this title?

My sister and brother are executors of my mothers affairs. 9 years later my parents mtg servicing co sends statements to the estate of my parents both named both deceased. The deed is recorded with my name and the 2 executors. While 1 other brother and I are paying pymts taxes insurance and all... Read more »

Gregory Christopher Poulos
Gregory Christopher Poulos answered on May 16, 2021

If nothing was filed with the courts, then they are only named as Executors, they have no power as they are not court appointed. I presume you are living in the property, but you need to speak with an attorney sooner rather than later. They are taking advantage of you, not following proper... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Maryland on
Q: In a small estate filing, if allowable costs exceed the value of the assets, do estate creditors have to be paid?

Estate assets total $11,552. Allowable funereal expenses are $4,398, applicable family allowances are $10,0000 and filing fee is $100 for total expenses of $14,498. Estate assets are $2,946 less than allowable expenses.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 16, 2021

Section 8-105 of the Estates & Trusts Code governs priority of payments from an estate:(a) If the applicable assets of the estate are insufficient to pay all claims in full, the personal representative shall make payment in the following order:

(1) Fees due to the register;

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: What to do when public record shows an invalid grant of informal probate of a revoked will
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 14, 2021

You may wish to hire an attorney to look into a will contest.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: My mom passed no will. Her house was in a reverse mortgage She has little money in frozen bank acct. What do i do?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 14, 2021

If the mortgage exceeds the value of the house, then the bank would get the house. There might not be anything for you to do. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local probate attorney to review the situation and advise you if you need to do anything.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for New Jersey on
Q: Where/How do I obtain a Verified Compliant/Order To Show Cause form to submit to Surrogate Court, Essex County NJ?

If Obtained can I file the compliant/order myself? Surrogate court does not provide the forms! A court clerk informed me that the forms are not available online. I still searched for hours to no avail. I don't qualify for low income legal assistance and can't afford $5,000+ to pay a... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on May 14, 2021

Although you have an absolute right to represent yourself in the Courts of NJ, my best advice is that you speak to an attorney, From reading between the lines of your question, I sense that the issues involved are sufficiently complex and, thus, require guidance in the complexity of probate... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for California on
Q: How do I sell my interest in property in Kern County I own with my sisters? They won't talk to me so I can't ask them

The property was purchased in the early 80's. My parents out us kids on the deed(?) so we all owned it. My mom died in 1989. My dad died in 2003. My step sister says the land us her moms and my dad wanted me to sign a quit claim. I know that's a lie.

My father and his wife took... Read more »

Jonathan Purcell
Jonathan Purcell answered on May 13, 2021

I suggest you contact a real estate attorney in Kern county regarding a petition of the property, in the hope that your attorney will be able to negotiate an out of court monetary settlement.

This posting does not create an attorney-client relationship. The information presented here is...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: What type of documents would I need to appoint a guardian if I were to pass away? I am a single mother father is abusive

Would I need an attorney for these documents? What type of documents would uphold in court? How can I avoid guardianship going to my daughters father who has a long history of domestic violence towards myself and another female?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 13, 2021

Your will can nominate who you want to be guardian of your children. But the probate court appoints the guardian.

The will gets submitted to the probate court. The court holds a hearing to determine guardianship and determines who will be the guardian based on all the testimony and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New York on
Q: Can my brother change the locks on me and keep me from being inside our home?

My beloved father passed away in May of 2020 due to COVID and the house he owned was passed down to my two siblings and I. We all have a room full of personal items. We have all signed a document last year making my sister in charge I believe. I can’t quite remember exactly what the document was... Read more »

Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on May 12, 2021

Although your question is limited to the items in your room, the real issue seems to be about control of the property your mother previously owned. If your mother died without a will, her New York real property passes to her heirs, which would be her children if she was not survived by her spouse.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Michigan on
Q: Is it possible to ask the probate judge for interpretation of a court order? In other words, to clarify an order?

The judge issued an order and opinion on our case in regards to who is responsible for real estate expenses. Can we ask for clarification on what costs are considered expenses.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 12, 2021

Yes. It's generally titled a petition for instruction. And you'd want to detail exactly what expenses you are questioning. Just note, though, that judges typically imply the ordinary meaning to terms unless expressed otherwise in their original order. In most probate estate situations,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: mom passed away her name was first on the home with my step dad second She didn't have a will as her child do i get part

I've lived in the home have taken care an maintain all needs of home. Step dad remarried and now his new wife wants to push me out of home and sell property? Do I have any rights to do anything

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 12, 2021

From your statement of facts, apparently stepdad has the title. Hire an attorney to search the title.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: I just found out my ex wife sold my deceased father's jeep .. can I file charges against her?

Jeep was left on property that we still both own but she lives there... I was given no notice . The Jeep was part of my father's estate

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 12, 2021

How could she transfer the title? Yes call the Sheriff's office.

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