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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Legal Malpractice and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: I am in Kentucky and need clarification on the wording of a deed. My father's attorney friend prepared the deed.

The same attorney also prepared my late mother's will, which bequeaths the property to me. He has betrayed my mothers trust by not telling her what the "survivorship clause" meant when he prepared her will. He is also the executor and using his lack of disclosure to assist my father... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 16, 2024

That is proper deed language in Kentucky. It means whomever is the survivor (mother or father) gets clear title to the real estate. What they may have thought or intended, however, is a completely different issue, which is why all real property transactions must be in writing as mandated by the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Collections and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: My father passed with unknown debts. my mother is still alive and living on the property. Can they take the property?

We arent sure what debts are out there. We got a notice from an Estate Information Serivce trying to reach someone about my father's estate. We havent contacted anyone. But i want to know if my mother and their home is safe.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 31, 2024

Depends on whose name the property is in. You need to run a credit report on dad and see what debts you can ascertain are owed. Until you determine exactly what debts are owed, the property is far from safe or secure.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: I never received my inheritance from a property sold it’s in the will for me to get half of sales what do I do? HELP!!

What steps do I take? How do I get my money? The property was sold but I haven’t received my half of inheritance. Can I do it for free? About how much does something like this cost to do? Do I have to prosecute the person to get my money?

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answered on Mar 1, 2024

You will have to hire a KY attorney that does real property litigation. It will be an expensive and difficult suit for Ejectment, Quiet Title, etc. where you have to prove title. But if that Will was not filed for Probate, it means nothing. There are stringent SOLs involved, so either file... View More

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Q: KY in an intestate estate what if a surviving spouse is long-term institutionalized in a nursing home?

no will, deceased had 3 children, myself and my 2 brothers, and his wife who is long-term institutionalized, estate is small under $30,000 with no real estate. will his wife be able to benefit somehow, she is not able to care for herself physically and mentally.

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

Yes, the wife inherits her share even if she lacks capacity. If there is nobody with a power of attorney to manage her finances then a conservator may need to be appointed. And it can get even more complicated if she is on government benefits. If that is the case then remember that someone will... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: Probated my grandmother's estate over 10 years ago (no will,) sold property with quitclaim buyer passed did not file

Deed, still in grandmother's name. The probate was closed. I recently received notice from court of unpaid taxes and liens if I pay taxes and liens how do I transfer deed to me? Do I have to reopen probate?

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

Based upon the facts you have provided, it looks like the buyer bought and paid for the property but failed to record the deed. That does not mean that your grandmother's estate still owns the property. All that means is that a public record of the transaction was not made. The deceased... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Social Security for Kentucky on
Q: How do i navigate the death of my mother (was in process of writing a last will and test. but unable to finish)

Me, her daughter was POA in her living will but we hadnt been able to finish writing the last will and testament. I am to be the person to inherit her house and make sure it is available for her kids or grandkids to stay in if they should ever need a place We were talking about a dynasty trust or... View More

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answered on Nov 22, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Navigating estate matters can be complex, especially in situations like yours where the last will and testament was not completed. As the person with power of attorney in her living will, you have a significant role, but it's important to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: My father had a life insurance policy that I saw copies of having paid out to g.parent guardians. They kept it.

I was listed as only beneficiary but was 6. I lost the copies of correspondences and of the name of insurance co. I dont believe they thought I d ever know about it. I m now 40 and they have kept it. How do I proceed?

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

To address the issue of a life insurance policy where you were the beneficiary but the funds were kept by your grandparents, you should start by gathering as much information as possible about the policy. If you don't remember the name of the insurance company, you might try to retrieve this... View More

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.... View More

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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... View 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... View 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.

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.

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... View 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... View 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

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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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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: I would like to ask how many times do you need to do probate on an estate?

I am over the estate after my grandfather died what do I need to do if I want to sell the house and property

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 17, 2024

Only once. You need to make a motion for permission to sell the property unless you were granted that specific authority in the will, in which case you do not need the Court's permission.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: Do i, as executor, have to send them something to sign before i can close probate here in ky?

I have started probate for my stepdad's estate. the biological children are not named in the will.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Mar 4, 2024

No. Only heirs under the will need be notified.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: I'm on parole in Allen County KY, just found out I've been charged with absconding. What can or will they do to me for

Absconding 1st time in parole in KY??

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Feb 8, 2024

Most likely they will seek to return you to prison and revoke your parole if the absconding can be proven.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: I have been appointed executor of my mother’s will. Beneficiaries include me, my sister, and 9 grandchildren (3 of whom

are minors). Grandchildren will each receive about $2500. How should this be paid to minor children and can the minor children sign the informal settlement agreement form.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Feb 8, 2024

The probate court will set the terms but generally the children’s money will be placed in a blocked account until they reach age 18. The Court will have to give permission before any of the money can be withdrawn. The minors do not sign the informal final.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Kentucky on
Q: What happens to the people already living in the house of a deceased family member through probate hearing?

My boyfriend an I living in his deceased Mamaws house he's just watching the place but his grandmothers step daughter is taking his family court probate hearing what happens to us ones still in the house after the probate hearing?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Feb 7, 2024

It is up to the court. You may be permitted to remain there and pay rent to the estate or you may have to vacate the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Kentucky on
Q: would it hurt anything to go ahead and notify my deceased moms creditors of her passing?

no other proceedings have been started yet thank you

Ky

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 22, 2024

No. It should be fine to notify them.

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