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  • How can we know if this lawyer is taking advantage of my Aunt who is an elderly sister of the deceased?

    My Aunt died over a 18 months ago and her Estate still isn't closed. We are getting the feeling this lawyer is milking the Estate.

    Yvette’s Answer

    I agree with the comments from colleagues.

    We do need more information to provide further guidance. If the inheritance tax has been filed, it will form a part of the probate records at the Register of Wills. The file is public so you could review what has been to date if the Executor is unable to give you an update. Good luck and let us know if you have further information and questions.

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  • With her so heavily medicated with 3 signatures with no notary.present?

    My mother n law passed away a few months ago. My wife has one brother who is the issue. Her mother left us the house and her brother received the insurance policy plus other cash in the sum of $30k. My wife and I took care of her in last year of h...

    Yvette’s Answer

    It is important that you obtain probate counsel to assis you in this matter. If your mother-in-law had a prior Will, you want to file it as soon as possible since you believe this other Will is not valid. They may still file it and have to defend. If there was no prior Will and this new one is not valid then the intestate laws would distribute the probate property equally to the children if there is no spouse.

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  • Can i get my father evicted while an estate is opened or do i have to wait till the house is in my name?

    Hello my mom died 3 years ago i recently opened an estate,my name is the only one on it and they WEREN'T married can i get my father evicted ??? or would i have to wait till the house is in my name

    Yvette’s Answer

    If you are stating that your mother had a Will and you were the only beneficiary then the home belongs to you. You can proceed to have your father evicted if he will not voluntarily leave. Hopefully, there will be an amicable resolution.

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  • If a spouse dies intestate, do the four children split 2/3rds of her estate?

    In Pennsylvania, if a spouse dies intestate and has 4 children, do the children get 2/3rds of the spouse's estate?

    Yvette’s Answer

    No. The surviving spouse gets the first $30,000 and 1/2 the balance. Remaining 1/2 goes to the children. However, if the children are not the children of the surviving spouse, then 1/2 to spouse and 1/2 to children. Before any distributions are made, funeral expenses, taxes and debts are the responsibility of the estate. You should seek assistance of a probate attorney to make sure the appropriate laws are followed.

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  • How do I change my deceased mother name off a deed and add mine? I'm also the executor of her will. Help!

    Transfer of deed

    Yvette’s Answer

    The role of the Executor is to transfer the assets in accordance with the terms of the Will. If you are the only beneficiary of the home named under the Will then you have the authority to transfer the deed to you. It would be best to obtain the assistance of an attorney to have a new deed drawn up and filed with the Recorder of Deeds.

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  • How Do, I Fill Out a Status Report Under Rule 6.12 In Orphans' Court?

    My grandmother's father, passed away in March of 2007 and we, are trying to settle the "estate"... even, though he didn't own an estate. She, has to be in court next week. We, don't know how to fill out the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County ...

    Yvette’s Answer

    The Register of Wills has been advised of a decedent death, either by filing the Will to become the Executor or, if no will, by requesting letters of administration. As a result, the Status of this estate is required. If the form was not mailed to you, then you can find the form for the Status report on the website of Chester county register of wills. A hearing must have been scheduled for failing to respond to prior requests to file. The form is one page and only has 4or 5 questions that you can answer. The form was updated 5/26/2015. Make sure you complete the form to submit at your Hearing.

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  • My sister is not following the legal written will in handling my moms personal belongings..and never provided us with the will.

    Oldest brother is executor but lives out of state, oldest sister is executrix and she did not give us siblings a copy of the will. She is not handling the personal property as my mother spelled out in the will to be sold privately or publicly and ...

    Yvette’s Answer

    You can obtain a copy of the Will from the Register of Wills for the county where your mother resided at the time of her death. The Will has to be filed in order for your siblings to be appointed as the Executor and Executrix. A Petition can be filed with the Register of Wills if the Will is not being followed. Your siblings are accountable to the Register of Wills to follow the mandate of the Will.

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  • Do adult children have to pay taxes on an inheritance they receive from a parent? If yes, what is the percentage in tax?

    I have an insurance policy, I want to place my grown sons as beneficiaries but my husband said not to do that but rather just place him as beneficiary because spouses don't have to pay a tax, children do. So is that true? Or is he making that up?

    Yvette’s Answer

    There will not be inheritance tax on insurance proceed. The tax would be on other assets.

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  • Are we out of luck? How can we determine what is inside a safe deposit box of deceased uncle/aunt?

    Just a brief background of the situation, my husband's uncle/aunt were found dead back in January. They were found by police in their home. The police could only find the next of kin (the niece) to the uncle, she lied to the police and told them s...

    Yvette’s Answer

    No, you are not out of luck but it is very important that you hired counsel to help you through this process. Good luck.

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  • Is there any law in PA that tells me how to sign as an attorney in fact?

    I think I'm going to have to start signing things soon for my ill sister who gave me power of attorney. The attorney who drew it up died a few years ago. Is there any law in PA that tells me how to actually sign? I've seen lots of advice...

    Yvette’s Answer

    It is important that you make sure your Power of Attorney is up to date. As thoroughly explained by my colleague, there are laws governing Powers of Attorney and that you are serving in a very important role. I too recommend that the agent sign their name as POA for the principal, ie, Agent, POA for Jane Doe. I would agree that adding the date of the POA would be added important information.

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