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Q: Are you still the executor if probate isn't required in Kentucky? If not, is it worth filing for probate?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 24, 2023

You are not an executor or executrix unless snd until appointed by the court. Whether it’s worth filing for probate depends on the assets and property of the estate. Consular an estate planning or probate lawyer to determine whether you should or must open probate.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate Law and Identity Theft for Kentucky on
Q: I need HELP! In KY my dad died in 2013 & my mamaw in 2014. I didn’t know about probate & I was never told about it..

I have been doing research n have found that I don’t think it was ever properly done. The probate in either dads or mamaws estate. Monday will be 10 years since my dads death & I have never seen any types of docs or proof of anything. It looks like by the courthouse docs that everything is... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

You need a local attorney who has access to all the necessary information.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: How can I be reimbursed for updates I did to my mother's house, in order to sell? She passed away with a will.

There are 4 siblings, sister executor, my sister and I are the only ones who worked to update house, in hopes of fast sell. Sister promised me 1/2 of executor payment for doing the updates. Now I found there is no mention of executor getting extra, in the will. How can I make sure I get paid for... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

File a proof of claim in the probate case with receipts and itemizations for all the work you did and all the materials you bought.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: Hi, what are the consequences of not formally closing an "estate" if no taxes are owed, all debts are paid and money is

distributed to heirs?? Will the court come after the administrator??

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Yes. They could sanction the administrator, remove the administrator or make the administrator pay the cost of finalizing the estate because the estate must be properly closed..

2 Answers | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Kentucky on
Q: In Kentucky, will a house typically be sold to pay off debts?

My dad is a veteran who lived in KY with my adult brother and his autistic son. His house is in his name. He has almost no assets ( 14 year old car and paid off double wide trailer). He has a will and left trailer to myself and brother with contingency that my brother can continue living there.... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jan 3, 2023

Probate is probably a bad option with little assets and debt out there. You can check the Courts in the Father's County to see if there are any money judgements out there against him which might also be a lien. Consult a KY attorney for advice about the trailer title. Remember someone has... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for Kentucky on
Q: My mom died 2 yes agoand I lived with her took care of her till she passed and still living in the home my child hood

Home that's been in my family for over 30 years and I signed a waiver for probate hearing to appoint my brother as administrator of estate cause my mom dies without a will but my brother and my mom both was homeowners on the land house deed anyways my brother told me I could live here till I... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 1, 2023

Yes. Your brother can sell it and the new owner can have you removed. With no will, mothers estate will be divided among her children so you will have to either buy out their shares or sell your share and receive the money.

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Q: The probate case I am involved in was signed off by judge last Thursday. I am due an inheritance check.

My question is what steps do I need to do to receive my check now? I am an heir and not the executor. Is there a time limit for me to get it? And if I ask now for it and don’t receive it, then what is my next step to get it? Thank you

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 8, 2022

You should receive your check two to four weeks after final approval of the order.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: What is left to do after a judge signs off on final settlement for a probate case?

Do heirs have to sign anything before they receive their inheritance check? I have no idea what to expect. Thank you

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 8, 2022

Wait for the disbursement of your share which should occur within 14-30 days after finality.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: I’m expecting an inheritance check. When l went to lawyers office to request it they told me it would be at least 2 more

Weeks before I might receive it. The final settlement has already been signed by the judge. So all is left is distribution of funds. I want my check now so why would I have to keep waiting? I’m ready to get this over with It has been 8 long months since all this started. What reasons would there... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 8, 2022

It usually takes 14-30 days after the order is final before disbursement. Quite a bit more is involved than the dimple writing of the check.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: What do I need to expect when I go to attorneys office to receive my inheritance check?

What paperwork will they want me to sign? And can they refuse me my money if I choose not to sign anything other than a receipt for my money? If they refuse what steps do I need to take next?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 21, 2022

You shouldn’t have to sign anything other than a receipt that you have received the funds. If you don’t receive the funds, you will have to make a motion to hold the disbursing agent in contempt.

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Q: I had a lawyer. When I asked for him to file a motion for me and he would not do it for me

I went and filed it anyway on my own. After I filed the next day I fired my lawyer. Is there any repercussions against me for doing this? And the judge has not signed off on the order to release my attorney and it has been two weeks since I filed this and fired my attorney. I have a court date this... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 16, 2022

No. Just go to the hearing and tell the judge your questions or concerns and get a response. No repercussions.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: Who would I ask to speak to at courthouse to see if final settlement is formal and not informal?

If is not been filed formal what steps do I need to get this filed formal? And if it is formal and there is information not on the final settlement what steps do I need to take to make sure everything is listed? Thank you

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 13, 2022

The district court probate clerk. Unless everyone signed a waiver of settlement, it must be file formally.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: My husband passed away 10 years ago I never went to probate court but now I need to to be able to transfer a old motorcy

Probate said I need to get all his biological children over 18 to sign off on it but his 3 older ones won't saying they would be signing their rights away to my house. But deed states that if either of us dies first house goes to surviving spouse. Do they have right to my house in my passing... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 13, 2022

They have no right to you house as it passed to you pursuant to the deed. Ask if you can do a dispense with administration. If not, you will have to file to open probate and get appointed administratrix in order to sell the bike. In any event, his adult children probably get nothing.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: I am an heir to an estate. How can I find out if this case was changed from an informal probate case to a formal?

I have not received any documents saying it was. The only thing I know is a formal accounting was filed. Does that mean it’s formal?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 8, 2022

There is no formal probate or informal probate. Those terms apply to the final settlement only. Go to your district court clerks office and ask for a copy of the settlement. Informal basically means that everyone waived a formal account and formal means they didn’t so all supporting... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: Selling deceased mom's house. 4 siblings are going to divide what we get out of it. Do we have to pay taxes on it. In Ky

4 siblings, oldest has control over estate.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 27, 2022

Depends on the value of the house but most likely the answer is no tax due.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Kentucky on
Q: My mother passed away 3 yrs.ago.She had mirror wills with my stepfather. My stepfather now wants to change his will.

Is it legal to chane the wills now,after her death?

Thank you in advance for your response

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 24, 2022

He can always execute a new Will, but disappointed legatees/devisees might contest the Will when Probated. The argument is a mutual will under contract, but it is hard to prove and win on. It can also be hard to effectively revoke the existing document, if he does not have possession of it.

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Q: What if a lawyer will not file something for you? Example: a partial distribution. What do you do to get it done?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 13, 2022

Find out why he won’t file it and then make a decision to file anyway, not file or hire a new lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: In Kentucky is someone eligible for shock probation if they get caught for trafficking meth and probation violation.

Serve their time then get released, just to get hit with 10 probation violations for felony offences? Let's say hypothetically if someone Had a friend get caught for trafficking meth first offense first degree and a probation violation. He served about two years on that, then was released. A... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 6, 2022

Impossible to say for certain but the likelihood is greater that he’s talking than just getting lucky breaks.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: If there are three beneficiaries that inherited a farm to split equally, can it be sold with out all three agreeing?

My father passed away in 2020 living myself and my two sisters as beneficiaries. During the probate process all his assets were divided out between us and the real estate was stated that we all three own it. Last week my sister's put the real estate up for sale without my knowledge. I do not... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Aug 2, 2022

They cannot sell without your signature. However, if you refuse to cooperate, they can bring a partition action against you to force a sale, and that will be very expensive, and the court fees and costs will come off the top or might even possibly be charged to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: how to file a response to a disallowance of claim in a probate case

Just want to make sure that I can legally file a response if I am not an attorney

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jul 29, 2022

Put it in the same case form and style as the disallowance pleading, set out your response and reasons therefor, file it with the court and send a copy to all other parties in the case.

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