The testator, the person who makes a will, controls who the executor will be. If there is no will, an administrator is appointed by the Surrogate or a Judge of the Superior Court. You may have the right to be administrator, follow through by retaining the services of an attorney who is familiar...Read more »
As a general rule, life insurance proceeds payable to a named beneficiary are NOT included in the decedent's probate estate. The law presumes that the decedent meant what she said when she named you as the sole life insurance beneficiary. It is a very tough presumption to overcome. Your...Read more »
Yes, you may have certain rights. The palimony statute has changed in NJ. I would suggest you read it carefully.It is a bit confusing. The best thing to do is seek an attorney with experience to discuss this issue.
When they married her 2 children were grown and out of the house. They never lived with my gather and nothing was ever in their mothers name. There was a joint account that only my dads money went into and the bills were paid from and she had her own account that her money went in and she spent.... Read more »
The short answer is no, a will cannot be changed after the testator has died. You probably did not receive a will to sign. The only will you can sign is your own. If you do not understand what you are being asked to sign, you should take it to a probate attorney to review.
When a Will is created, is it filed anywhere so heirs can get a copy? There is a prior Will that her son took her to have drawn up, which he likely still has a copy of. Then her son took all of her life savings, putting her in financial ruin. So, she changed her Will after that with a different... Read more »
A will is necessary for probate in order for an individual named as executor to qualify. Other wise the decedent is considered to have passed intestate. The Court will appoint an administrator. A bond, in an amount set by the Surrogate must be obtained. The Estate is then distributed in the manner...Read more »
Family is searching for the latest Will. Nobody remembers the attorney's name to try to find her to get a copy of the Will. Can the lender call the loan due and/or foreclose on the house before the estate goes through probate? Can anyone else who lived in the house taking care of my... Read more »
My best response is that you have raised many important issues that require extensive responses which are beyond the scope of the platform. The best thing to do is retain the services of an attorney who is familiar both with real estate law and probate law.
When they married her 2 children were grown and out of the house. They never lived with my father and nothing was ever in their mothers name. There was a joint account that only my dads money went into and the bills were paid from and she had her own account that her money went in and she spent. We... Read more »
If Obtained can I file the compliant/order myself? Surrogate court does not provide the forms! A court clerk informed me that the forms are not available online. I still searched for hours to no avail. I don't qualify for low income legal assistance and can't afford $5,000+ to pay a... Read more »
Although you have an absolute right to represent yourself in the Courts of NJ, my best advice is that you speak to an attorney, From reading between the lines of your question, I sense that the issues involved are sufficiently complex and, thus, require guidance in the complexity of probate...Read more »
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