My mom passed away. Both my brother and I hired an attorney to handle her estate. My brother was represented by this firm in a criminal case. I did not know this before we hired this firm to handle my mom’s estate. Is this unethical and should I file a complaint with the Indiana Bar Association?
No, it probably is not unethical. The previous criminal case is most likely not "substantially related" to the estate case. Both you and your brother's interests ought to be aligned in probating your mom's estate.
Now if your brother's criminal case was for...View More
Hire an IN attorney now to look at the Probate File. If required filings were not made, then the fiduciary might be removed with an accounting required. Possible claim on the Bond. If closed, the Estate might need to be reopened.
If there is a Probated Will with a specific devise to you as owner, then after the Estate is closed, you can deed your interest to anyone. Your source of title is the Will Book, Page Number usually, and should also include the Probate Case name and Docket Number.
As long as paternity is established or acknowledged (i.e. you share the same surname), and your father dies intestate (without a Will) as an only child, you are his sole heir, you inherit everything that your father owns. That said, if your father prepares a will and decides to leave his estate to...View More
Although I don't know exactly what the revisions were, the children are not receiving most of the benefits of the will. There is some question as to the one parent's mental state, who was declining and possibly there was undue influence.
Your suspicions may be well founded, but I don't think anyone can give you satisfactory answers to your questions in this forum. You should hire an attorney who handles estate planning and probate matters, lay out everything you know, and get the lawyer's advice on your chances of...View More
I had a verbal agreement with the sole owner of the home who died to finance the home in my name. His wife who can't legally sell the home has been taking my money but it hasn't been going to the mortgage nor the estate what do I do? She has lied about so much when it comes to the probate... View More
Oh, what a tangled web you have woven. This is a classic do-it-yourself mistake, and it will be difficult and expensive to fix. You need to hire an attorney WITHOUT DELAY. Look for an attorney with experience in both real estate litigation and probate litigation. Be prepared to expand your...View More
I doubt that you will have to file Probate just to obtain property in NJ. A NJ lawyer may be able to record an Affidavit of Heirship, then use it to claim the property for the next of kin. At worst, you may be able to file some type of small estate proceeding either in FL, NJ, or possibly IN....View More
other family members agreed to have sister executor. But brother a issue in Indiana ,lake county. Can we get estate probated how to proceed without copy of the will .all we know that a copy needed to file for administrator so what do we do .
You or other family may be able to begin a probate proceeding and get a court order to require your brother to produce the original will. You need to talk to an experienced probate lawyer for specific advice about your situation. Justia.com can help you find one near you and many attorneys offer...View More
Sister with POA handled everything and ended up with everything, claiming there was nothing left. With help from lawyer, discovered bonds ( interest was redeemed 6 days after step-fathers death for $26,000), life insurance, a vehicle and likely checking and savings accounts. Most everything else... View More
You should talk to an experienced probate lawyer in the state where your step-father received Medicaid and presumably where his property was located. Medicaid has a right under federal law to recover from your step-father's estate (with a few exceptions) the cost of his care that it paid for....View More
Have discovered assets in excess of$50k that I assume sister with POA has kept. Mother passed Oct. 4, 2019. Her home was supposedly transferred on death to sister by other POA (mother's deceased husband), after removing mother's name from deed, yet home is still in his name. Can't... View More
Sadly, when a POA does not honor her fiduciary duties, legal action must be brought to rectify the wrongdoings committed. Estate litigation is very expensive so the retainer fee does not sound out of line. You may want to shop for a lower retainer arrangement, but remember the final fee is based...View More
Vehicles were not sold before death. One truck was in wife’s name and other was in both. Does the truck default back to the title holder on death of ex-husband or does it still need to be sold and split? What about truck in both names or does it default back to surviving title holder?
He is on probation for 6 months in Indiana but he’s trying to be here with me in St. Louis. We planned on getting married sometimes this year, and he has a job waiting for him here already. Is that enough for them to transfer his probation?
Generally speaking, it is a normal part of the trust administration process to seek a release of liability for the Trustee when finalizing a trust administration. You do not have to sign; however, it would likely hold up the process for you receiving your distribution (and maybe others) from the...View More
settlement was not started though initial papers were filed with amended form with spouse signature to start settlement. Would the wife receive the settlement? Children were adults at time of accident and non dependent.
Your question is not clear, on any level. In Workers' Compensation (WC) generally, time stops at the moment of injury. That may not have anything to do with your question. If the person dies BEFORE the case is tried or settled, the WC claim becomes part of his estate. If the person then...View More
Sister-executor of deceased dad's estate--moved into dad's house-mtg free. Her atty sent statement re: his assets--which stated because she moved in, the money saved due to no RE commission will be taken off his assets? Doesn't make sense to me, as that has nothing to do w/his assets.
That doesn't make sense to me, either. You should hire a probate attorney to represent your interests in the probate of your dad's estate. Rogue executors can get away with a lot of crazy things if nobody objects. It might be time for someone like you to watch the henhouse.
So my mother is in a nursing home and on Medicaid. The nursing home itself revives her social security check, and I was delivering her retirement from Chrysler. She receives this because her ex husband work there and they were married 40+ years. He recently passed away and her payments from... View More
That is actually a really good idea. As soon as the lump sum is received you can use it to purchase a prepaid funeral plan. But you should check with an Indiana elder law attorney as to whether there is any limit on how much can be deployed in that fashion and still be considered a noncountable...View More
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