Unfortunately you cannot open an estate by yourself. You will need to hire an attorney to file for probate in Miami.
If you need to take the estate through probate it must be because there are assets in the name of your wife alone.
If there are assets, it would seem that the attorney could be paid from the assets that are subject to probate.
If there are minimal assets (less than $75,000) you could hire an attorney to do a Summary Administration. A Summary Administration is not as...
I would contact the insurance company in writing. I would include an original of your father's death certificate. It is my experience that insurance companies would like to pay a legitimate death claim as quickly as possible. Many states have laws that require the carrier to pay a higher than market rate of interest on the policy proceeds after they have been notified of a claim.
There may be additional issues. For example, your stepmom may have an interest in the policy under the Florida...
Your question is not very clear.
Are the properties held jointly between a father and a grandson? Does the title say joint with rights of survivorship? Was the decedent a Florida resident. Was there a surviving spouse?
If the deeds indicate the properties are held as joint with rights of survivorship the recording of a death certificate should effectively transfer ownership to you.
You will need to check on whether Georgia will impose an inheritance or estate tax.
There could be a hundred reasons why an estate has not been established. There might not be any assets subject to probate. The assets subject to probate could be minimal. The estate could have creditor claims in excess of assets.
I would suggest that you file a caveat in the probate court.
I would also suggest that you contact other family members or beneficiaries under the will. They might be a source of information
Your mom can create a medical power of attorney designating you and your brother to make decisions for her. She can designate one of you or both of you to make financial and/or health care decisions..
You really need to seek an experienced estate planning attorney.
Your mom should consider leaving her assets in a trust for the benefit of you and your brother. The trusts can be drafted so as to be sheltered from the creditors of you and your brother in the event your mom passes away.
Absent an agreement between the parties, I do not think your friend would have a cause of action. However, if the elderly neighbor had promised your friend compensation, your friend could have a claim.
Your friend should try to get something in writing from the elderly neighbor. Your friend could also speak to the elderly neighbor's family re compensation.
If the elderly neighbor passed away, your friend would have to file a claim in the probate court. The personal...