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Laura Cohen

Laura Cohen’s Answers

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  • My mother passed away in may this year, she left no will, i check the house is still in her name.

    If,I set-up a estate. I mite have to sale the house and split the money with my living sister,but do I have to split the money from the sale of the house with my sister's childern, who pass away 4 years ago.

    Laura’s Answer

    You should consult with a local attorney about the laws in PA with regard to someone dying without a will. You will need an attorney since Allegheny County requires you to have one when there is no will.

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  • What kind of attorney do I need, to open an estate.

    the property that Iam trying to retrieve had my mother and father's name on the deed but both are deceased.

    Laura’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. Try to find a local attorney that you feel comfortable with.

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  • My father-in-law recently died. His will indicated that his estate should be split equally among my husband and his 2 siblings.

    My husband would like to buy the house from them. Can this be done as a simple transfer or must it be a true "sale?" I have seen others in public records do this for $1. Is that possible and if so, how is this done? All parties are in agreement...

    Laura’s Answer

    It is possible to transfer the property as you have suggested, however it has to be a fiduciary deed and the other siblings will have to sign an assignment to convey their share of the property to your husband. I would need to know if you have oped an estate or not. If not this would be the first step in the process before any transfer can happen. I suggest consulting with an attorney to help you down the correct path to handle your fathers in law's estate.

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  • If my wife is bi polar and has depression and has a history of suicide attempts will the judge grant me full custody of child

    In the last year I have had a pfa on her she has tried to kill her self wreck my car and lost her licenses because of the medication she was on stole money from my account

    Laura’s Answer

    Testimony will be taken in Court. If the Judge believes that you are able to provide better care for your children it can happen. I suggest that you consult with an attorney to discuss.

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  • Hi! How do I go about obtaining a copy of my son's daycare contract which the father will not willingly give me a copy of?

    We have equally shared legal custody and father refuses to provide me with a copy of the contract which lists emergency contacts, people authorized to pick my son up, the child's name, etc. He absolutely refuses to provide it for whatever reason! ...

    Laura’s Answer

    If you have shared legal custody, you have the right to go to the day care and ask for a copy of the contract. If they won't give itto you then you or your attorney can file amotion withthe Court asking the Court to order that the daycae provide tht to you.

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  • Mother has monitored visits due to alcohol/drugs which often misses but has filed for more visitation.

    Current Order is from 9/2013. Mother made all visits for 9 weeks and then started missing visits from Nov thru April. Went to rehab during that time, made the next 2 visits after she got out but then missed more than she made for the months of J...

    Laura’s Answer

    There willh ave to be a hearing to change the custody. All evidence will be presented and the Judge willmake a decision. I suggest that yhou contact a lawyer to represent you n this matter. We are avalable to meet with yuo to discuss your case.

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  • I received the bal of Moms burial trust & the care acct @ the nursing home, what am I responsible for back to Pa ?

    I live in Calif. Mom spent many years in a Pgh nursing home. When she passed the nursing home sent me the money in her care account at the home , I also received the bal from the burial trust after final expenses. I had no idea that Pa would want ...

    Laura’s Answer

    There are several quesitons that an attorney will have to ask you to give you a complete answer. We are available to meet with you to discuss this situation.

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  • Estate Tax Planning/ Probate: How to handle a problem experience with family's estate planning attorney?

    I need advice as to what to say to father's estate attorney and mother's/family's estate attorney after an incident. Mother met with associate assigned to help her probate the will at the courthouse. Attorney showed up with wrong will from their v...

    Laura’s Answer

    I agree with the other two answers you received. It is your Mother's choice to obtain new counsel if she is not comfortable. However, when the time comes for you to be Executor you want to make sure you can get along with the probate attorney and can work with that attorney. You are not required to use your Mother's attorney for the probate process. As Execuotr, you can pick the attorney you want to work with.

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  • If I petition the court to resign as executor, is it my responsibility to find a qualified replacement?

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    Laura’s Answer

    If there was a will naming another individual as the alternate executor, that person would become the executor. If not, it would be helpful for the if you had someone in mind.

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  • My mother died 2 years ago, and I never opened any kind of estate. She owned no real estate or any property of substance (she

    lived with me the last 10 years of her life). She did, however, have a checking account with about $50,000: I was joint owner on that account. I paid her funeral expenses, & paid out $20000 amongst my 3 siblings (which was her stated wish: that ...

    Laura’s Answer

    You do not need to open an estate but a Pennsylvania inheritance tax return needs to be filed. If your name was on the account for more than a year only half of the date of date of death value will be taxable. There are however decisions that can be taken before the taxable amount is calculated. The tax rate is 4.5%

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