Unmarried spouse of 17 years dies suddenly without a will. He has a DBA business. After he died his brother helps my mom with arrangements. He ends up taking over the business. Out of good faith my mother hands him every title to every vehicle there is work vehicles included. Well one by one he had... View More
If your spouse passed away without a will, the distribution of their estate, including the business and assets, would be subject to the intestacy laws of the state where you reside. These laws determine how assets are divided among surviving family members in the absence of a will.
If the probate office has determined that there is no estate, then technically there is no "estate" to receive mail. However, it is possible that there are still some outstanding matters that need to be resolved, such as closing bank accounts or canceling credit cards. In this case, you...View More
In North Carolina, probate is necessary for handling the estate of a deceased person, but it may not be required for all types of property. If the only assets are personal items like clothes, linens, kitchen utensils, food, cleaning supplies, a mini fridge, cooler, and old TVs, probate might not be...View More
I highly advise you to hire an attorney and have them assist you in probating the estate. The credit card debt can likely be wiped out by opening the estate. The medical debt will unfortunately likely follow you since spouses are normally liable for the medical debts incurred by their spouse.
The remaining asset is a life insurance policy $1,000 with no named beneficiary. Funeral expenses were paid for by myself. The death certificate is pending. I don't reside in the state. My grandmother is probably going to file for executor of the estate as she mentioned having to sale land to... View More
You could hire a NC attorney to search the title and determine heirship. Then draft and record an Affidavit of Heirship as the heirs' source of title. If Probate occurs, the real property is not part of the Estate unless the administrator tries to force a sale of it to pay creditors. That...View More
No such estate as "joint tenancy". Instead it is either joint tenancy with right of survivorship, or it is tenancy in common. And most likely the latter, where Mother's heirs take one half of the title. Hire a NC attorney to search the title, determine ownership, and advise...View More
Mr. Avery is not entirely correct here. I would not be surprised to see either type of ownership. It is very common to have a joint tenancy created among family members to avoid probate. In joint tenancy, everything would have passed to your sister the second your mother passed. To confirm this,...View More
Their uncle was the end of the line for that entire family tree. Our mom and their dad are dead. It's really sad. I was actually contacted by someone executing the estate looking for other relatives. There are probably very distant cousins (like shared a common great-great grandparent), but... View More
Determining Heirship can be extremely difficult. Sometimes it is best to attempt to include any suspected heirs as parties, then sue unknown parties to Quiet Title to certain properties via publication notice. Hire a very competent NC attorney to represent you against whoever is trying to...View More
He passed away in 2021, the house went into foreclosure last year, and then they auctioned it off, and that was the last I heard about it until I was just contacted about there being surplus funds from the sale.
Excess funds from the sale belong to his estate. The reason why you were notified that the Clerk is holding excess funds is because there was likely a second mortgage, home equity line of credit, judgment lien, or tax lien (often more than one of these) that remains unpaid. You should contact a...View More
Since your brother did not leave a will, his daughter is his only heir. The clothes are of little monetary value, but it is up to the administrator of his estate to decide how to pay any remaining debts of the estate. You should have a quick consultation with a probate lawyer to determine what to...View More
The disposition of his assets are covered under North Carolina probate law. Someone will need to at least consult an attorney to see how his assets can be distributed. His girlfriend has no legal relationship to him, and therefore has no legal right at all, to do...View More
If a North Carolina resident dies without a will, is not married, and has a child, the child inherits all property. Go to the courthouse to the Clerk of Court Estates Division for the county where he lived when he passed and open up a simple estate for him. Some Estate departments are "by...View More
Passed in 2021, I just got a copy of the will. My sister was executor, I'm a trustee. My brother sold my dad's land right at 1/2 million, brother took money and bought land and home in brother's name one year before dad's death.
An unexecuted will cannot be probated. Apparently the Father's heirs owned the property. You will need a very good real property litigator in the County of the land to file ejectment, quiet title, etc. actions. All interested parties must be parties. However laches will probably prevent...View More
Half of my land he passed 7 years ago his and my name are one the mortgage. I kept everything current. Going through probate they say his children are entitled to a portion of my home. Is this correct live in South Carolina
You will need a competent SC attorney to search the title and determine heirship. A recorded Affidavit of Heirship will serve as a source of title for the heirs. It sounds like you are not the only heir to land encumbered by a secured debt.
In your case, since your father had a will, the court will first look at the will to determine how the estate is to be divided. If the will does not specifically state how the estate is to be divided, then the court will use the intestate succession laws to divide the estate.
I purchased a home in NC with cash and had it titled JTROS with long term partner. At the time (about 6 years ago), it didn't seem like a QTIP was an option since we were not married. I have 2 adult children and she has one adult child from our prior marriages.
In the event that you die within 120 hours of your partner. Both of you are deemed to have survived the other and your respective interest in the property would pass to your respective beneficiaries. There are exceptions to this rule but that is the basic premise.
My wife’s brother is the executor of the will. We are selling the house that I am making the mortgage payments on. The mortgage is in my father in laws name and the executor is demanding that all proceeds go into the deceased estate and he is entitled to 1/3 after he settles the estate using the... View More
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