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Jeffrey L Crown

Rocky Hill Trusts Attorney.

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  1. My brother is a Trustee to my parents estate. What are my rights as a beneficiary of the estate?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    2. Henry Daniel Lively
    2 lawyer answers

    I presume that you mean that your brother is "executor" of your surviving parent's estate. In Connecticut, unless the will gives him the authority to sell real estate without court approval [a common provision in CT wills], an executor has to file a motion in the Probate Court in order to sell real property. An executor must list all of the estate assets on an Inventory filed in the Probate Court. If you feel that the executor has not listed all of the assets, or that the values are...

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  2. Passing intestate in Connecticut - what are the laws?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    2. Henry C. Weatherby
    3. Paul Stephen Johnson
    3 lawyer answers

    In Connecticut, there are certain items that are have a priority. Those include funeral expenses, attorney fees and expenses of last illness. These priority items come ahead of other estate expenses. All proper claims and expenses, not just priority items, come before distributions to beneficiaries. I hope that this helps. Jeffrey Crown

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  3. Is there a time limit on filing with probate in CT. and FL?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    2. Steven J. Fromm
    3. Paul Stephen Johnson
    4. Ruth Elaine McMahon
    4 lawyer answers

    You said that the person died in Florida. I'm assuming that he or she lived in Florida and his or her only connection with CT was owning real property here. If this is so, the personal representative (executor) will have to open an "ancillary estate" in CT. This means filing the will in the Probate Court and making an application for admission of the will in CT. A CT inventory and estate tax return are also required, although no tax would probably be due. We've done several ancillary...

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  4. My wife's sister is the executor of their dad's .Is my wife entitled to obtain a copy of the signed will?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    1 lawyer answer

    The first question is whether or not your father in law owned any "probate assets." These are assets that your father in law owned which do not pass outside of the probate system [non-probate assets]. Non probate assets include, for example, life insurance, retirement assets and annuities payable to a beneficiary; jointly owned assets payable to the survivor and "pod" or "transfer on death" assets. If your father in law owned any probate assets, then the will must be presented to the...

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  5. What are the obligations of a trustee of an irrevocable trust in connecticut?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    1 lawyer answer

    A trustee must invest the assets solely for the beneficiaries' benefit. If a trustee profits from trust investments, the profit belongs to the trust. The trustee is responsible to restore to the trust the greater of the value of the trust before the "self-dealing" investment or the value of the trust plus the additional profit. I'm a trust lawyer, not a criminal defense lawyer, so I can't answer the second part of your question.

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  6. NJ Lawyer is executor of my fathers will and he wants to siphon 5 percent. Can we unload the bloodsucking lawyer?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    2. Joseph Bernard Mchugh Jr
    2 lawyer answers

    This is actually a two part question. First is the lawyer's right to serve as executor. The 2d is his fee., First. If the lawyer was named in the will as executor, then, under Connecticut law, he probably has almost an absolute right to the job. Once appointed by the Probate Court, the executor is in full charge of the administration of the estate, including disposition of personal possessions. He does, however,have to follow the terms of the will. This does not mean, however, that you...

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  7. Is the estate executor required to share the details of his parents' estate with his sibling?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    2. Steven J. Fromm
    3. William A. Swendson II
    3 lawyer answers

    An executor has a duty to list all of the estate assets on an inventory. That inventory must normally be filed within 60 days from date of death. In cases where we can't get it done in time we file a written request for extension with the Probate Court. The inventory is public record. You may examine it at the Court. Even if the executor filed an inventory, it does not mean that he disclosed all of the assets. Only assets which your father owned in his own name (not joint assets or those...

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  8. I want to close my revocable trust. my bank wants to charge me $1500 if i do. if its my money how can they.?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    2. Eliz C A Johnson
    2 lawyer answers

    Atty. Johnson is correct in that there is generally no fee to close out a bank account and that revoking a revocable trust should also be free of costs. Banks sometimes try to impose a "termination fee" when they're being removed as a trustee. Is the bank a trustee and are they trying to do this? If they are, did they provide you with a fee schedule which clearly states that there would be a termination fee? We've sometimes been able to have these fees abated by a court when we're removing a...

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  9. Can a lawyer in CT create a will for a client in North Carolina? Do they need to have a license in North Carolina?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kevin Burns
    2. Steven M Zelinger
    3. Jeffrey L Crown
    4. Scott J. Wittlin
    4 lawyer answers

    I'm a Connecticut lawyer, and do not know North Carolina law. With that caveat, here are some thoughts. Many states,including CT, have a "borrowing statute". The CT statute, which is fairly typical, provides that a will validly executed in another jurisdiction is valid here. The caveat is that, although a will may be valid under a borrowing statute, language used in a will in state "A" may have a different meaning in state "B." Your CT lawyer should probably consult with North...

  10. Lack of trustee

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey L Crown
    2. Jerry E Shiles
    2 lawyer answers

    I can't cite cases without doing the research. I've practiced exclusively trust and estate law for almost 40 years and can assure youthat this is what lawyers call "Black Letter Law." It is a universally accepted principle of trust law that is applicable in all common law jurisdictions. Jeffrey L. Crown Trustlawyer, LLC Rocky Hill, CT

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