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Q: My mother passed and left me 50% of the property. She gave her sister the other 50 with the intent of sharing 25% with m

My sister has taken over the house. Is that legal?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 22, 2021

I suspect that the real property actually went to the Heirs which would include you and your sister, as it appears no Will was Probated. But whatever the case, a title search is necessary and you may wish to file an Action for a Sale for Partition if both you, the sister and the aunt own the real... Read more »

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Q: Can I open probate for property in which my recently deceased brother was a joint tenant with no rights of survivorship?

My brother passed away and had no will. He jointly owned property with his ex-girlfriend who keeps giving away his assets instead of using them to pay his debts and reimburse my sisters and I for funeral costs. Can opening probate prevent her from doing anything else?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Feb 9, 2021

You can open probate and you should. Once you are appointed as the administrator of your brother's estate you will have the legal authority to demand the return of property that has been stolen from his estate.

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Q: My husband just passed away in sc. He only has two cars that are in his name only. Do I neee to go to probate?
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 15, 2021

Obviously not. Talk to your Clerk's Office about the titles. An Affidavit of Heirship should establish who his Next Of Kin was if needed. Probate is a long, expensive process, and two cars do not justify it.

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Q: Sibling and I were willed the house equally by my mother. I have lived in it and cared for mom for 2 years. Contest?

I am also the personal representative.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 8, 2021

Not sure of your question, but unless the Will is Probated, it has no effect. Without the Will, the Mothers heirs at law are the owners as tenants in common. In a Partition Action, you might get reimbursed for taxes, expenses, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Heirs property

My mother passed away some years ago and left me and my brother a house behind . so my little brother took over the house. Now that he passed away his children is trying to take over the house. So who has the rights to Inherited the house .

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 21, 2020

You will need an attorney to conduct a title search, then determine heriship. He should draft and record an Affidavit of Heirship as the source of title notice to the world who the heirs are. Then the heirs need to pay

taxes, insurance, etc. unless they agree to sell. A partition...
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Q: I was willed a piece of lane along with 5 of my uncles who have all died im last living owner none left a will.

Do heirs have more rights than i do what rights do claimed heirs have. To property i am last living owner. And its a bit of confusion do they have same rights as i do whats the difference

Evan Guthrie
Evan Guthrie answered on Dec 9, 2020

This may depend on how long it has been since the deceased person passed away and if the others named in the will or related persons of the deceased survived the deceased person. A probate lawyer can help determine how to best proceed in what is most likely a Determination of Heirs situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My mother passed away in August 2020 and left me the mobile home and 1 acre land do I need to get an attorney
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 1, 2020

Yes... Hire a competent attorney to search the title, including the certificate of title on the mobile home. If secured debt liens exist, and the title is otherwise clear, start paying them along with taxes and insurance. Get an Affidavit of Heirship recorded as your source of title if you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Can a person under legal adult guardianship grant general power of attorney to someone who is not their guardian?

The person in question is a 25-year-old who is under the legal adult guardianship of abusive, controlling parents. The guardianship was filed in SC, but the person and their parents are living in MD. The parents have taken the person's phone and control of their money, they have no privacy and... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 29, 2020

I do not practice in South Carolina, so I would recommend along this question to those who are. With that disclaimer, I believe what you will find is that you will need to petition the Court in SC for a modification of the guardianship. You SHOULD have standing as an interested person to challenge... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: How to get a clean title?

7 adult siblings were deeded the home house (1/7th interest each). 2 have died with nothing to probate so probate was not filed for them.

Home house is now in foreclosure. Bank has approved short sale. 1 of the deceased (in 2016) has 2 heirs and the other deceased (in 2020) has 5 heirs.... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Aug 19, 2020

A competent attorney can draft and record an Affidavit of Heirship which discloses to the world who the Heirs-At-Law are. I am not following your foreclosure process: are the Heirs selling the home with the money going to the Bank with no foreclosure? If true, then the Affidavit will be... Read more »

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Q: I was living with my boyfriend for 9 years in his home when he passed in Feb, 2020. He paid the mortgage.

His surviving spouse is giving me 30-day notice (in which I know she can do) but can she label me as tenant and state that I owe rent when there was never a lease between him nor her? She also did not allow me to remove something given to me by my dad. Can she withhold my property stating it is... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jun 18, 2020

The surviving spouse has no right to anything that is yours.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My Mom passed away in February this year. Last year she signed over the title to her mobile home to me. Do I own it?

I haven't had to changed over yet. Can I still have it changed to my name?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 15, 2020

You should have no problem getting the Certificate of Title for the Mobile Home registered in your name. However that has nothing to do with the real property where it sits. Did your Mother own the land? You may wish to hire a competent attorney to search the title and file an Affidavit of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My mother passed away 4 years ago, 3 months ago my stepfather has finally opened her estate. What does this mean?

I know my mother left me some property in her will but I haven't heard anything about it since she passed. Do I still get to receive it?

Taylor Silver
Taylor Silver answered on Jun 13, 2020

You should not make assumptions. However, if you assume the will was filed and valid, and that the estate can otherwise afford to pay all valid liens and judgements, that the deceased had valid legal title to the property, and that your step father follows the law and directions in the will... You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: I'm told im not an interest in my dad's estate did he make that decision or does the person who is appointed??

My stepmother turned in a will from 1990 giving her the power to make all decisions I know my dad would not remove me as a beneficiary

Taylor Silver
Taylor Silver answered on Jun 13, 2020

Executors if estates have a legal obligation to follow the directives of a valid will, if one exists. SC Probate Court files are public, in general, so you should be able to get a copy of the filed will from the court where the estate is opened.

If you want answers and explanations about...
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Q: In SC, can real estate passed by will to the husband be sold out of probate?

My sister passed away recently, leaving all of her estate including her half of our parents home to her husband. We were in process of selling the home. Can we still sell the home or do we have to wait until probate is over?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on May 15, 2020

If your sister was a party to the contract to sell the home, then her estate is now a party to the contract to sell the home. Contract a probate attorney right away to help you get someone (perhaps yourself or your sister's husband) appointed as executor of your sister's estate with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: I would like to change my last name. Do I have to get permission from my executor of the estate for it to be changed

On the the will??? Or should I wait till I get my money from the will?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on May 12, 2020

Your name can be changed by following the statutory procedure for name changes in your state. If you are the beneficiary of an estate, you do not have to wait until the estate is settled to change your name. Once the name change is complete, however, be sure to provide a copy of the decree to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: My brother passed away Dec 2016. My wife and I lived with him for a year prior. I am the only surviving family member.

We continue to reside at the residence but the estate is still in his name. We never went through probate court because we aren't familiar with the process. What do we do?

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on May 3, 2020

The easiest and most reliable way to get started is to hire a probate attorney in your area. That is what they do day in and day out. Click "Find a Lawyer" above.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Is my widowed mother still responsible for back taxes on my deceased father's sale of inherited land?

My father inherited land, which he sold in 2017 but did not pay the tax at the time of sale. The IRS charged these taxes in 2018, which my parents were paying at $200/month. There is still over $3,000 owing. My father died in April 2019. Is my mother still responsible for paying this tax?

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Apr 24, 2020

It's going to depend based on filing status,potential innocent spouse defense, and possibly other factors.

Short answer is it depends. You should retain counsel to review the matter and deal with the IRS directly to challenge the tax assessed or work out a plan to resolve the amounts owed.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Questions about an LLC i was put on and have Probate questions as I am a child of deceased..what rights do I have

Mom formed an LLC with her 3 children as owners i guess it was. One daughter was removed off of her per her own request. That left a brother and myself on it. My mother and I fell out and didnt speak for 3 years. At the time there was approx $90000.00 in an account. Mom did this because she had... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 10, 2020

There is nothing to prevent you from opening a probate and petitioning the court to appoint you as the administrator of your mother's estate. Once you are appointed you will have the authority and obligation to gather all of her assets and then distribute them either according to the terms of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: Can I be made to move out of a place that I have been living there for the last 6 to 7 years while my grandparents proba

Before my grandparents passed away. I helped on the farm..When things got broken, grass needed to be cut or anything on the 55 acres I would do. My father passed away when I was 15, do I least get my father's half? My uncle is making me move out of a place that is my home, the place is still... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Apr 7, 2020

You need to hire a probate attorney to help you sort this out. You may or may not be entitled to a share of your grandparent's estate, but you need to act quickly so you do not lose your rights due to failure to timely assert them in the probate case.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina on
Q: my father passed and i moved in house and have been paying all the bills.want to rehab property.

siblings want nothing to do with property...and i want to rehab property for mom and me...there was no will...but i have lived here and all bills are in my name...

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Apr 7, 2020

You need to contact an attorney in your area that does probate work. Without more information it is going to be really hard to answer your question. Who's name is the property in? Did your father's estate go through probate?

I would recommend that you call and speak to a probate...
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