Washington law allows people to sign a "small estate affidavit" to settle estates that the value of the assets are below $100,000.00 AND there are no creditors (this is important), and, as you indicated, there are no additional heirs to be consulted. However, since there was a will, in...Read more »
Probably not. The only way I can think of would be if they conveyed some real property interest in the house to you during their lives. This could be a lease agreement (written) or a term of years or a life estate or several other types of interest. Other than a lease, these other arrangements...Read more »
We are in our late sixties and our estate consists of the equity in our mortgaged homes and life insurance to be divided between three children. Our daughter and granddaughter live in one home and we live in the other. Our goal is to avoid probate and while we plan to age at home, doing this may... Read more »
You shouldn't need to do that, and filing liens inappropriately can get you into trouble.
You should seek local legal representation to determine whether or not you need to file a claim against the estate, but more likely if you are an heir you don't even need to do that. Without...Read more »
If there are no beneficiaries named on cash accounts and the accounts are in your Father's name alone at the time of his death, you will HAVE to involve the Courts in some way to make the distribution.
If there were beneficiaries on ALL the accounts or ALL of them were jointly owned,...Read more »
I think you mean they signed 'quit claim' deeds. Regardless, if the house was left in a will or otherwise did not pass directly to you, you will need to have the executor / personal representative assign the house (and the mortgage) to you (or to all the siblings -- however the will is...Read more »
The power of attorney ceases to be effective upon your death, so that won't work. The foolproof way is to have your spouse adopt the children. If that is not possible, you should designate your spouse as the children's guardian in your will, and express your preference that they...Read more »
My brother, sister, and I have been named co-executors for my Mother's estate. My Mother lived in the State of Virginia. I live in the State of Washington. Will I need to travel to Virginia to sign documents in person?
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