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  • Dad died several years ago. No assets in his name, all belong to mom. Will not filed with court yet. Is that a problem?

    My siblings were left nothing in dad's will, everything went to mom. All assets are in her name and retirement accounts show her as beneficiary. Are there going to be any issues when the will is filed?

    Robert’s Answer

    Hard to answer as to whether there will be problems once the will is filed. However, it is the duty of every person who has an original will of a deceased person to file the will with the probate court and notify all heirs of the filing. Whether anyone else will file it for probate remains to be seen.

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  • What type of attorney do I need?

    My father has been deceased for 16 years. We just found out the other day that he did not have a will. His now wife's name is on the property. She has also collected monies from a lawsuit concerning him with some experimental drugs that he took fo...

    Robert’s Answer

    You need an attorney who specializes in probate issues. Your problems exceed the ability of a layman to fix.

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  • Can you create a warranty deed to add my name to a deed to a property?

    My mother passed away without a will and no other sibling contests my claim to the house. the only problem is she never got around to putting my name on the deed to the house while she was still alive. I need to get this done sooner than later. I ...

    Robert’s Answer

    You must administer your mom's estate to accomplish the end goal. Many lawyers will assist you in seeking to be appointed administrator of the Estate for a flat fee.

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  • Do I need to close a probated will/estate account?

    I'm executor of my deceased husband's will that was probated 3 years ago in GA in solemn form. Do I need to worry with closing the estate with the probate court? Are there any pros/cons? I didn't know if the estate is still open if anyone could st...

    Robert’s Answer

    Until you are discharged, you remain liable for estate issues. You are not required to seek discharge, but doing so protects you from unforeseen liabilities.

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  • Is it possible to get a letter of administration without filing probate?

    My husband passed away it will be 3 years this August . All of his affairs I have taken care of except the mortgage is in his name . They won't talk to me unless I have a letter stating I am the administrator . My deed states joint tendency with t...

    Robert’s Answer

    Quit trying to talk to them. Simply pay the mortgage as required. The mortgage company cannot refuse your timely payment. When the mortgage is paid off, the security deed will be canceled. You are not required to refinance the loan. You are certainly free to go obtain your own loanm but it is a new loan application.

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  • Do the contents of house belong to the heir who gets the house? The will is silent on that.

    The decedent's will doesn't mention personal effects. There are 2 houses and two heirs. The decedent's primary residence goes to one heir and the other house goes to the 2nd heir. The rest of the estate is divided evenly. Do the contents belong ...

    Robert’s Answer

    It really depends on the exact wording in the will. Generally, the transfer of real estate does not transfer the contents of the real estate.

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  • Help! What do I need to file administrator of my deceased husbands estate without a will

    My husband was killed in March of this year. In Feb of this year he filed his tax return. He received a letter after his death that he needed to provide proof of his identity. He is certainly unable to do so. So my question is. What are my options...

    Robert’s Answer

    To complete the requirements for filing his tax return, you will need to file for letters of administration with the probate court in the county where your husband resided at his death. Once you have the letters, you can sign his return or his amended return.

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  • Disclosure of Estate activity

    The administrator to my mothers estate is not willing to release any activity of the estate to me and is telling me that I may only receive this once the estate is closed. I am in the process of trying to find a knowledgeable attorney that I can a...

    Robert’s Answer

    She has 60 days to file an inventory. You would be hard pressed to get a court to act within 6 months of her appointment. Because she had to post a bond, you are protected from her misdeeds. After six months, you can file a demand for settlement of accounts. That will result in you getting the accounting you want.

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  • Dad passed away and left a house. but my grandmothers name was on the deed to the house. but I have proprietorship

    is there any way I can get my dad house or at least his portion

    Robert’s Answer

    It all depends on how the deed is written. You shoudl contact a probate laweyer for help. Once you know how the deed is written, a good lawyer will know how to help you if youo do own the property.

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  • How long do I have to claim this estate ?

    Dad I never knew passed in Feb . Get letter May first saying he wanted to leave his estate to his mother but the papers were not sent in and legalized so it's now mine. It's June sixteenth and I have received no paper work from this lawyer that co...

    Robert’s Answer

    You should contact a probate lawyer in Bay County, Fl.

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