My dad passed away in March 2021. We agreed my brother and sister would divided real estate property in half. I opted out because I was gifted 4 acres 17 years ago and consider that as an early inheritance. My brother was personal representative until becoming too ill, my sister then accepted the... Read more »
I am assuming that your father died without a Will, otherwise that would control. If there was no Will, then the estate is split three ways, one equal share for each of you, your sister, and your nephew, unless your brother was either (1) not the biological child of your father, or (2) was not...Read more »
Maryland. Real property was held in a life estate deed, with rights, and POD to decedent's children (from previous marriages). Life estate deed was created 6 yrs prior to current marriage to surviving spouse. Decedent and surviving spouse were married 18 yrs when decedent passed.
Your facts are incomplete. Real property owned by the decedent is included in the estate for all purposes; however, real estate deeded under a typical life estate has (1) a life tenant, who has exclusive use and rights to the property during their lifetime, but does not "own" the...Read more »
I paid the mortgage and taxes on the property the last few years before her death. I paid off the mortgage months after her death and have continued to pay the annual property taxes on the now vacant land. I would like to put the property in my name so that I can sell it. I have 2 siblings that I... Read more »
You need to open an estate for your mother, in the jurisdiction she resided in at the time of her death. If that was in the same jurisdiction as the now vacant land, do it there. Once you are appointed executor or personal representative of the estate, you can then sell the property without...Read more »
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.
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:
otherwise there would be no house to sell. My sibling is the Executor, has hired an appraiser to sell furniture, donate and discard her belongings without including me. I've asked for a detailed list of everything sold and donated but has refused telling me to wait til all is finalized. Do I... Read more »
You should probably have a consult with a lawyer to review the will, if any, and the petition for probate and inventory. Perhaps you should be a co-personal representative or insist on notices or file a claim.
A lawyer can be very helpful in sorting these things out, but, generally, the clothing of the deceased has very little economic value. It is most often donated to a homeless shelter or Salvation Army, and the proceeds are insignificant. The leftover food in the house is worth even less, and you...Read more »
It's not that simple. When a person dies, any assets they own becomes property of their estate, whether or not a formal estate has been filed and opened. Financial institutions like banks will freeze and lock the accounts of any account holder whom they learn has died, and will only allow...Read more »
question I previously posted. (1) I noticed on the MD court website for my mother's estate, with the docket of forms already filed with the court, the PR has listed $0 in inventory of household belongings filed. I've become aware an appraiser was hired to sell, donate or gift belongings... Read more »
No. The final distributions are made in accordance with the final account filed and approved by the court. Written exceptions to the account are filed by any interested person and resolved by the court, if any are filed. That is not to say that a distribution plan cannot be agreed upon by all...Read more »
recent update was filed but wasn't included in the docket information to request a copy. Why is this not listed? Also, can you tell me what are "court sealed dockets" that are not available to request a copy other than a Will held in safekeeping? Thank you.
from the Executor. However, do the heirs receive notice before final distribution and have the opportunity to request a detailed summary of the accounting and able to object if need be? Also can the Executor (and heir) allow himself compensation against the estate if another heir took care of... Read more »
Objections (or, "exceptions") to an account may be made within 20 days following the court's notice approving the account. Note, this is not 20 days after receiving a copy of the account that has yet to be approved. In many cases, the audit department raises issues and requires...Read more »
all necessary info and guidelines for the Executor to proceed, but more importantly to avoid any unnecessary legal fees. As a beneficiary only myself, I suppose I can file a grievance with the court if need be. Can you tell me what a probate lawyer can do that I wouldn't be able to do myself... Read more »
Unless there is some malfeasance or basis to object to the PR's handling of the estate or performance as PR, then there is little reason to hire a lawyer. It will simply cost you money. Lawyers charge by the hour, and that can range depending on how experienced the lawyer is. A couple to...Read more »
such as contract on sale of house, etc. Seems to me from the responses on this site, it is a mere suggestion from the BaltoCo court to keep siblings informed and not a legal requirement. It seems the Executor has complete authority and only answers to the court, unless I file a grievance, it is... Read more »
The notices required to be mailed to interested persons by law are set forth in the Estates & Trusts Code and the Procedural Rules of Maryland. They are limited, but you will receive copies of any Accounts filed in the estate. However, all court proceedings and filings in an estate are open...Read more »
No. The PR merely has to account for the proceeds of the sale in the accounting (periodic and/or final accounts) and costs of sale. Distributions cannot be made to the estate heirs/legatees until after the final account is audited approved. The sale should be for fair market value, unless all...Read more »
Assuming the "family home" is in the probate estate, then yes, a Personal Representative of an estate can usually sell the property without getting permission from other family members. However, the Personal Representative must report the sale to the court and get the court to sign off...Read more »
This appears like a conclusion rather than a question. However, to the extent this is a question asking whether a Personal Representative can/should avoid appraising an asset to avoid tax, that would be a very ill-advised course of action. A Personal Representative has an obligation to appraise...Read more »
Generally speaking, the PR is supposed to report a value to all personal property, but a formal appraisal may or may not be required depending on the nature of the items. A coin collection can be valuable or of no particular value, so if it is worth thousands of dollars, an appraisal is probably...Read more »
If all interested parties agree that you should be paid, you should be able to work it out as either a claim or a partial renunciation. This is a matter to be discussed with the personal representative or the lawyer.
I inherited a house in Maryland. The estate is in probate and I'm the executor and sole heir (I will be filling for modified administration). As I understand it, the house can be sold either by the estate or deeded to me first before the sale. For both options, when exactly in the probate... Read more »
You can amend the inventory value based either on the tax assessed value or an appraisal by a certified real estate appraiser (not just a real estate agent doing a valuation—must be a certified appraisal). The tax basis in the Property is fixed as of the date of death regardless of whether the...Read more »
Only had his name on it. His name solely on the mortgage, but home owners insurance both names. He had credit card debt for less than 5 grand. My mom still lives in the home and we are trying to secure it for her. If we pay the credit card debt will this help or hinder the process. We just want the... Read more »
If the souse was purchased during the marriage, you can file a corrective deed by presenting the marriage certificate and the death certificate of the title holder and preparing the deed. That's sometimes helpful in keeping the title clean. If she was not married at the time of purchase, the...Read more »
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