My uncle withdrew his entire fee and now the estate account is empty with property taxes, home insurance and utilities overdue and is looking into selling the house. Is my uncle or myself(beneficiary living in the home) responsible for the bills? Also, is there estate tax and inheritance tax due in... Read more »
The fee should not be taken until the estate is settled. The house sounds like it is going to need to be sold to make the estate whole. The estate tax is based on who takes what and the relationship to the deceased. You are better off talking to a probate attorney to get direct answers to your...Read more »
His son has recently contacted me and says that his bank account that he had with his wife is frozen. He said that his lawyer that is handling this process needs my original birth certificate sent in the mail to P.R. But he’s not providing much detail at all. So far I know there’s no will but... Read more »
He passed in Puerto Rico and I live in New Jersey and his son has recently contacted me asking me to send him my original birth certificate but no other information. He hasn’t told me if there is a will or not. What should I do?
The will was contested and a judgment was rendered to be executed as soon as possible, but to date there has been no finalization of the will. It's been well over a year, so how do we get the judge's decision fully executed and by who? The estate lawyer is dead. The executor of the will isn't doing... Read more »
NJ intestate laws support spouse keeping whole estate but will in NY specifies 1/3 of his portion to surviving spouse and 2 adult children as heirs of his estate. I live in NY and estranged mother in NJ. She wants me to authorize will administrators to send her entire amount so she doesn't have to... Read more »
You need to speak with a probate attorney. Depending on how much money there is in the estate there may be money you are entitled to under the will. How ever without knowing your father's debts, and total assets there is no knowing if you would be able to collect anything if your mother chooses her...Read more »
You need an attorney who is a Probate attorney. The right documents are obtained by an attorney and the stock is liquidated by a stock broker. That is all you require. A fair amount of work may be required depending on what you have already done with the Surrogate.
A woman is one of five children. She lived with her elderly mother and stepfather for the last 10 years. Her stepfather dies. The house and all assets go to his wife. Then his wife dies. The woman who has lived in the house for the last ten years has paid bills, remodeled and paid taxes on her... Read more »
When a person dies without a will, the property the decedent owned is distributed through a process called probate to the decedent's heirs according to the states laws of intestate succession. If the decedent had surviving children but no surviving spouse, which sounds like the case here, the...Read more »
My father just passed away. He was married at the time of his death but not to my mother. My mother passed away 16 years ago and my father eventually remarried. My father had no will. He owned his house outright before he married his current wife. This is my childhood home that he and my birth... Read more »
In New Jersey, if a person dies without a will (which is called dying "intestate") and leaves a surviving spouse plus children from a previous marriage, the surviving spouse inherits the first 25% of the decedent's intestate property -- as long as it is not less than $50,000 or more than $200,000...Read more »
My aunt just died interstate and my dad (with dementia)..is the last surviving sibling. There are 18 nieces and nephews. My brother is my dad‘s power of attorney and been depleting his funds for the last five years to live on and take himself out of pre-foreclosure. Now that my dad has an... Read more »
Executives were co executives daughter and grand. We hired a lawyer cause we were told there is no money left. All we asked for was to find out where the father's money went. Also poa was gotten illegally of the wife. Hired the layer we ask to get poa removed which was done illegally and he was... Read more »
I am sorry to hear about your situation. You need to bring all of the documents to an attorney that understands NJ laws regarding guardianship and probate. There are too many questions that need to be asked of you to answer in a public forum. The attorney will definitely need to go over all of...Read more »
Responding from a New York perspective, if all four parties cannot agree, if your father passed and had a will, the world should be probated and the executor would then have the power to sell. If he did not have a well, and administrator could be appointed, preferably one of the four children, and...Read more »
My aunt had passed away in NJ in 2014 leaving a life insurance policy of $17,000 with 2 beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are her two siblings, one being my father who had passed away in 2015. My surviving aunt, also a beneficiary (executor of my deceased aunt's estate) has already claimed her... Read more »
If the small estate affidavit is done correctly, the check should end up being made payable to your father's heir(s). If you are his only heir, then it should be made payable to you. You should hire a local probate attorney to help you with you. It is a fairly simple matter and should not be...Read more »
My dad inherited property which is being lived in by a family member. My dad also received an inheritance when his mother passed away. Since he lived most of his life in NJ, must I go through probate process in both NJ and PR? He did not have a will and death was sudden and unexpected.
You need to hire a probate attorney in PR for certain, because the main probate occurs where the decedent resided when he died. You will also need to open an ancillary probate in every other state in which the decedent owned property, using local probate attorneys.
It depends on EXACTLY how the house was titled when your mother passed. It might have all gone to your step-father and then to his son pursuant to his will, but there are a myriad other possibilities. Show the deed and the two death certificates to a local real estate attorney or a local probate...Read more »
There was NO WAY my grandma was coherent to grant that. Then the day she died, I believe he went to the bank and cashed her 2cds from 1950 and emptied her checking and savings account out. The following day after he did that he told me I could have whatever I wanted out of the house. When I got... Read more »
If you're grandmother was incompetent when she signed the POA, then it wouldn't be valid. Proving that could be tough and expensive. However, the cost of the litigation, if you have a valid basis for bringing it, might be payable by your grandmother's estate.
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