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1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: How long, typically, after closing on the sale of real estate in probate does it take before the beneficiary gets paid?

We closed on the sale 2 mos ago and I haven't heard from my attorney at all. Is this normal?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 10, 2022

No.... Go see the attorney in person. But first determine if he represented you in the first place. If not, you may have a problem with the buyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My father passed 10 years ago do I have ownership in his house?

My father passed 10 years ago. He was married at the time. I was recently contacted by my stepmom asking me to sign some papers on dads house. I just wanted to know if this means I have owner ship in the house. I thought because they were married then everything would go to her. There was not a... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 23, 2022

Hire an attorney to examine the Deed. Both MS and AL attorneys should be able to discern the apparent owner without a title search (assuming they are competent). You are probably an Heir At Law, and thus a Tenant In Common with the other Heirs. Do not sign anything unless you are paid... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: How can I get extra money from the estate if the will was not probated
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 21, 2022

If you are a Next of Kin or Heir, and there are sufficient assets, then you might consider administrating the Estate as Intestate. Then there may be distributions, or you might file your own Claim. Hire a competent AL attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Elder Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My father died 12 years ago. My sister paid all his debts & all taxes on his property have been paid.

she did not file probate when he died. We want to sell his mobile home. What do we do now?

Frank Truncali
Frank Truncali
answered on Aug 21, 2022

Some additional facts are needed before an attorney can fully answer this question. For example, is the mobile home still titled in your father's name? Does this sale involve the land that the sits on? I recommend contacting a probate attorney in your area to further discuss the next steps... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Alabama on
Q: Hello, my father was killed, He had a wife and 3 children. In this case, how is the estate usually divided?

As of now we haven't found a will. Might I also add that 2 of us are grown and from a previous marriage. The other child is also grown but lived in the house with my father and stepmother.

Jack T. Carney
Jack T. Carney
answered on Jul 6, 2022

I’m sorry for your loss. If your father had no Will, then the estate passes by the laws of intestacy. Those laws provide that one half of the estate passes to his spouse and the other half passes to his children.

The estate does not include assets that pass automatically, such as joint...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability, Real Estate Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My grandmother passed away September 2021. Myself and another relative are both executors over her probate. Her house

was to be sold and split. I verbally agreed to buy the house and started living in the house before probate was closed. On April 8th, the house burned down due to hoverboard board exploding.

My question is can I sue hoverboard if the house wasn't in my name at the time of the fire or... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jul 1, 2022

The cause of action for Product Liability, Negligence, etc. is arguably personal property of the Estate. But usually the devisees own the real property when the Will is Probated. To prevent an insurance defense lawyer from dismissing the suit for lack of standing, Both Co-Executors and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My mother passed away in 2016. My father was the executor of her estate. She inherited oil leases in a few states from

her parents. My father didn't transfer them over to his name. He passed in 2019. I am the executor to his estate. Problem is, she passed in Alabama and I am a resident of Virginia. We had to get a 3rd party resident of AL to handle the transfers of the oil leases to a LLC for my sister and... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 10, 2022

I assume that there's an attorney involved with your mother's estate? if so, speak to that attorney. if you have issues with him, then consult with another probate attorney and seek what is recommended.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Alabama on
Q: When my mom an dad died he had 3 wills all hand written none by a attorney none noterized one in 2017 one in 2019 an one

in 2020 which one of the wills is supposed to be filled there are three siblings an there is a disagreement on which will should be filled

Jack T. Carney
Jack T. Carney
answered on Feb 28, 2022

I am sorry about your family's loss. I am happy to hear that your father at least attempted to write a Will. Most people do not make that effort and it can lead to problems after death.

In order to be a valid Will in Alabama the document must be signed, dated and witnessed by two...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My grandmother deeded her home to my uncle and is still living but in a nursing home. The home was sold and the money

and the money split between he and my mother. His name was the only one on both the deed to home and the ALTA statement and she wasn’t given a 1099. The money was split at the title office and deposited directly into the two separate accounts. How would she need to file this on her taxes?... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Feb 22, 2022

You wrote that your grandmother deeded her home to your uncle, but it sounds like she did not deed 100%. If she deeded to him a co-tenancy or joint tenancy interest, that would explain why the proceeds were divided between them. However, because of the inconsistencies in the facts given, and due... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Alabama on
Q: I will inherit my mother property upon her death. paperwork was filed in probate. My nephew lives on the property.

What will have to do to sell this property when she passes?

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Feb 16, 2022

The executor, after being appointed by the court, will need to hire an eviction attorney to help with the process of evicting your nephew.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Alabama on
Q: My mom passed away in August 2021. She was living in a home on my brothers property for the year prior to her death.

After she passed we sold her home. (She was residing in it prior to moving into the home on my brothers property.) The will states that the proceeds from the sell of the home and personal belongings will be split between the 4 children. There are no issues with splitting the proceeds from the sell... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Dec 15, 2021

Whoever has the Will must file it for Probate so that it has effect. Otherwise it means nothing. The Executor will receive Letters Testamentary which gives him authority to marshal up Estate assets, or sue/prosecute for theft. That is his job and if he does not want to do it, then ask the Court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Probate for Alabama on
Q: Can debt be collected from my checking?

We have a shared checking account. In Alabama. No will, no real-estate, no investments, nothing at all but a joint checking account. No joint accounts nothing has my name on it. After the death of the other person on the checking account can any debt be collected from the checking account?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 7, 2021

If a creditor gets a judgment against one of the account holders, then it can be collected from any account which he has an interest in regardless of other owners. A few creditors like the IRS can levy without a judgment.

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
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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 Probate for Alabama on
Q: How do I get legal documents proving to the Morgage company I am the rightful Heir to a property I currently reside in?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Apr 8, 2021

Hire a competent attorney to determine heirship. He then drafts an Affidavit of Heirship to be placed of record as your (and other heirs') source of title. Send a certified copy of the recorded Affidavit to the Mortgagee.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Alabama on
Q: need help on finding out the lawyer that my deceased mother had when the house was sign over too her

please help

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 18, 2021

Many times the Deed will have the preparer of the instrument on it. Sometimes the drafting attorney will notarize the grantor. So start by looking at the Deed closely. You might contact the grantor and ask him.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Alabama on
Q: I live in Alabama. Why was my sisters estate proceedings stopped in probate when a claim was filed on her estate?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 3, 2021

Doubt the Probate has been "stopped" for any reason. Filing a Claim Against the Estate is a normal proceeding in Probate. It may be objected to or paid. If the Estate is insolvent, then the proceedings will be different, but still continue. You may wish to examine the Probate File and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Alabama on
Q: How does my family deal with my grandmother's house..she died with no will and 3 adult children...

One adult child is currently living there, we are in Al and not familiar if she can get the house in her name if the 2 siblings don't contest it

Jack T. Carney
Jack T. Carney
answered on Feb 19, 2021

When a person dies without a Will, their assets pass to their heirs at law. In a situation where a single individual died with three children and left only a home, then that home passes in equal shares to the three children. After two years the home "vests" in the heirs and good title... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My aunt passed away recently and left no Will. She was never married and had no children.

My aunt had 2 brothers and 1 sister, also all deceased. The siblings all had children. My cousin (the daughter of the sister) met with an attorney in Millbrook, who advised that since her aunt had no will, they could probate the matter using her aunt's father's Will. Her aunt's... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Feb 18, 2021

You didn’t say where the probate case is, but what you need to do is hire a probate attorney there to assist you. Any attorney who says that an estate can be administered using someone else’s will is not to be trusted because that simply is not true. Do not delay because there are deadlines... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Alabama on
Q: My father's Will (2004) left some property to me and 2 brothers but his wife got this property until her death then we

were to get it back from her. One of my brothers died in 2014 no Will and he didn't own anything(rented sec8 house, no creditcard, on disability, car was paid off, My mom paid for his funeral) so there was no probate filed by his 2 kids. 2 years ago my dad's wife (still living) signed the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 18, 2021

Simply sell the real property to someone else. There may not be any title insurance available for several years on your property, even though it does not cover very many risks.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Wrongful Death for Alabama on
Q: My stepdad of 30 years died in the pipeline explosion 2016. His wife, my mother, automatically became the executor of

My mother passed away this June and the lawsuit hasn't been settled and I need an executive of estate to file with home insurance and truck and would me and my sister be the beneficiary of lawsuit

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 8, 2020

An Alabama attorney would be able to advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm very sorry for the recent loss of your mother, and earlier loss of your stepfather. You say that a wrongful death lawsuit has not been settled. It isn't clear from the facts whether a... Read more »

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