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  • If my son inherits my estate from me (Will)-Is there anyway to keep his wife from getting any of it if they divorce or he dies?

    Keep funds from daugther in law in case of my son's death or divorce

    Sabrina’s Answer

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    Yes there is. Your Will needs to have language that essentially creates a Trust at your death instead of leaving everything to him outright. Whatever your son would inherit from you would go into this Trust and it would be protected...only if the proper language is present. I would recommend having your Will reviewed by an experienced Estate Planning attorney to make certain that your wishes are put in place properly.

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  • My mother died and purposely left me out of her will. However, my name is listed on one of her life insurance policies.

    I found out this information by accident. My sister is the executor of my mother's estate and has not informed me of this policy. I wonder if there are other things as well involving her estate that I am unaware of that I may be entitled to. Ho...

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    Assets that have a named beneficiary pass outside of the Will. This means, that regardless of what mom's will says, you would be entitled to the life insurance proceeds. If your sister has been appointed the Executor by the Clerk's office she would have been required to list any and all assets that were in mom's name at her death on the Application. Although the Probate Court does not control assets with named beneficiaries or joint with rights of survivorship, an Executor is required to list these as well. The file is a public document. I would first suggest that you take a look at the file and the application that was submitted to determine what assets were known of when it was filed. In addition, if you were named as a beneficiary on any other asset, she would not be able to collect this on your behalf. The financial institutions would be required to make payment directly to you. If you suspect that she is not being candid with the Court, I would suggest you contact a Probate attorney to discuss this matter further. There are Court procedures in place to safe guard against this. Best of luck.

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  • Is it illegal for someone to spend money out of a deceased persons account if they are not on the account?

    My father passed away and my uncle and fathers care giver took his personal belongings. I have been made admin of estate and am wondering what I should do if they have taken money or what can be done?

    Sabrina’s Answer

    I am assuming that by your statement "you have been made admin of the estate" that you have opened an estate file with the Court and you have been formally appointed with the appropriate documents reflecting this. If this is the case, then there are specific Court procedures that you as the administrator can commence to compel the return of assets. I would not wait to speak to an estate attorney, I would call one immediately. If your uncle has taken money that you know belongs to the Estate then by waiting you run the added risk that there will be no assets remaining to be returned. I would suggest getting legal assistance soon.

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  • Where do I go in goldboro, nc to find if my father had a will made?

    He just died on aug.17, 2012, and I was always told of a will,but wasn't really sure?

    Sabrina’s Answer

    I am sorry for your loss. I would suggest looking through his home...look in his nightstand, closet, file cabinets, all the typical places you would think to find private documents, as well as under the bed, in boxes, etc. If you don't find the will, you may end up finding an attorney's business card whom you could then call. Your other option is to contact the Estate Department at the Courthouse in the County where your father lived. Sometimes, people file their original wills there for safe keeping. Finally, if he had a safe deposit box you may find it there. Keep in mind, if his name was the only name on the safe deposit box, without an Estate File open, you will need a Court Order to open the safe deposit box. Good luck.

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  • DOES THE DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY BECOME VOID UPON SOMEONES DEATH?

    I HAVE THE DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR MY MOTHERS ESTATE. SHE PASSED AWAY AND I WENT TO THE CLERK OF COURT AND WAS TOLD THE DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY IS VOID UPON HER DEATH. IS THIS TRUE?

    Sabrina’s Answer

    Yes that is correct. You will need to open an estate file to deal with her assets. You or the appropriate person will need to be appointed the fiduciary.

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  • HOW MANY WITNESSES ARE REQUIRED ON DURABLE POA IN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA?

    DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY

    Sabrina’s Answer

    There is no requirement pursuant to the North Carolina statutes that there be any witnesses on a Durable Power of Attorney. The maker's signature needs to be notarized. A HealthCare Power of attorney requires two witnesses.

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  • When an executor of an estate is named in a will. does the will still have to go through probate?

    no other details

    Sabrina’s Answer

    You will need to share additional information to get a proper answer on not whether a probate should be filed, but what type. What assets were owned by the decedent? How were they owned? Were there beneficiaries on any assets? Was there real property involved? In order for a financial institution to speak to anyone who is not named on an account, they will need to see authority from the Clerk of Court appointing someone as the fiduciary of the estate...which means you would have to file a petition for probate. Additional information would be helpful.

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  • I live in NC but need estate planning advice for my parents, who live in SC. Do I have to find a SC lawyer?

    I need to set up an Irrevocable Trust so I can start the process for filing for a VA Aid and Attendance Pension for my dad. Is setting up this sort of trust state specific? If I can do this without traveling back and forth it would be a great he...

    Sabrina’s Answer

    Ms. Timiney is correct. I would just add that there are several North Carolina Estate Planning attorneys that are also licensed in South Carolina that can assist you. I would caution you making certain that you retain an attorney that is experienced with both VA benefits as well as Medicaid planning. Often times, both need to be done. Good luck!

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  • Am I responsible for father's unpaid income taxes? There is no will.

    My father-in-law passed away in NY state 2 months ago. He left no will. His house has no equity in it and he has under $6K in the bank. We have not gone for Letters of Administration. We have sold his car for pennies and am working on selling the ...

    Sabrina’s Answer

    You need to immediately contact a probate attorney in New York to advise you on this. You personally are not responsible, but his estate is. The IRS usually is in most states at the top of the list of creditors to be paid. You do not want to disburse or transfer anything until you talk to an attorney. If you do, and there are unpaid income taxes that are required to be paid, you run the risk of having insufficient assets in the estate...you do not want to be in that position against any creditor with a valid claim...especially the IRS.

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  • How many witnesses are needed for a Durable Power of Attorney in the state of North Carolina?

    None

    Sabrina’s Answer

    The North Carolina statutes do not require at this time any witnesses to a Durable Power of Attorney. However, many attorneys will include two witnesses as well as a notary to the witnesses as a matter of practice. It helps to make the document portable to another state should the maker move to a state that requires two witnesses.

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