Laura Cohen’s Answers

Laura Cohen

Monroeville Probate Attorney.

Contributor Level 9
  1. Estate Tax Planning/ Probate: How to handle a problem experience with family's estate planning attorney?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Thomas J. Wagner
    2. Steven M Zelinger
    3. Laura Cohen
    4. William Ray Pelger
    5. Dennis M Astill
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    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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  2. 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?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Laura Cohen
    1 lawyer 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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  3. How long does Pennsylvania take to issue tax clearance letter after rev-1500 filed

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Laura Cohen
    2. Tye J. Cressman
    2 lawyer answers

    They are required to send you a clearance within 6 months of filing. Lately, they have been taking that long.

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

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Laura Cohen
    2. Steven M Zelinger
    3. William J. Benz
    4. Maureen P. Groden Gluntz
    4 lawyer answers

    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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  5. 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

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Laura Cohen
    2. David Mark Landay
    3. John Clayton Schleiffarth
    4. Michael S. Haber
    4 lawyer answers

    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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  6. How can i find out if the probate process finished on my uncle's estate?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Laura Cohen
    2. Thomas C Valkenet
    3. Marlene Sue Seltzer
    3 lawyer answers

    You can call the Department of Court Records Orphans Court at 412-350-4186. They may be able to tell you over the phone. If not you can go to the City County Building in town and go to the Register of Wills office to check on the file.

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  7. Question relating to Pennsylvania Medicaid estate recovery of funds held in a joint bank account with decedent and nephew

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Laura Cohen
    2. Robert P. Gasparro
    2 lawyer answers

    The joint account is not a probate asset and therefore is not available for estate recovery.

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  8. Can i get custody of my son?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Laura Cohen
    1 lawyer answer

    You will need to have a court order stating tht you now have custody of your son. If you currently have a custod order in Missouri then you will have to have it changed there. If you do not currently have a court order one must be preapred and signed off by a judge in Missouri stateing that you have primary custody. Without the court order, the child's father can come and take him back.

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  9. Questions about what happens after the 2 year separation period in PA

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Laura Cohen
    1 lawyer answer

    It is hard to say when it will be done. In Allegheny County they will not issue a divorce decree until the equitable distribution is completed. Your inventory will be due to the court to mmake the process begin. She will also have to file one before you can get a date before a judge. Its not quite as simple as filing out papers. I suggest that you consult with any attorney to discuss this and get the ball rolling. Please feel free to contact me if you need assistance.

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  10. In process of divorce in Pennsylvania

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Clifford L. Tuttle Jr.
    2. Laura Cohen
    2 lawyer answers

    As long as the assets you purchased with the inheritance remained in your own name they are not considered marital property. You should discuss equitable distribution wtih a Family Law attorney. Depending on your other assets both marital and non marital the inheritance you have me be of some negotiating power with regard to other assets you may want to retain. Laura Cohen, Esq

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