Adam Troy Rauman’s Answers

Adam Troy Rauman

Saint Petersburg Estate Planning Attorney.

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  1. How do I discontinue our relationship with an estate lawyer?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Galen J Criscione
    2. Adam Troy Rauman
    3. Marcos P Martinez
    4. James P. Frederick
    5. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    Since you never signed an agreement for fees or services you should be under no obligation to pay additional fees. As the other attorneys have stated, you are free to start or end a relationship with an attorney at any time. You state that you would like to notify him that you'd "like to stop using his service." Other than the initial consultation, you never started to use his services. Most attorneys have a "free" initial consultation (typically limited to 1 hr.). You paid for your...

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  2. My parents left me the family home in their will, now my brother wants the home, is he entitled to it?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Troy Rauman
    2. Jonathan J Goldberg
    3. Carol Anne Johnson
    4. Joshua Eli Adams
    5. Evan W Turk
    5 lawyer answers

    If your name is on the deed, the home should belong to you. There are a few details that may make answering your question a little easier. When was your name added to the deed? Did you own the property with your parents? When both parents are deceased, homestead in FL passes to decedents unless stated otherwise by deed, Will, or Trust assuming none of the descendants are minors . If your parents are deceased, you should have a probate attorney you are working with to distribute the estate...

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  3. My elderly father caregives my mother (alzheimers) at their home. He refuses needed services (nurse, repair.) What can I do?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kelly Scott Davis
    2. Brittany Green Gloersen
    3. Adam Troy Rauman
    3 lawyer answers

    Sorry for your situation. There is a guardianship of the person and guardianship of possessions. I understand not wanting to "mess up their finances" but you should be more concerned for their health since both are living in the same conditions. If the home is a bad as you say, your father is not taking care of himself either. If he won't help move her to an assisted living facility a guardianship may be the only choice.

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  4. Law suit going on too long/

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Stephanie Sauer Woods
    2. Adam Troy Rauman
    3. Lawrence Joseph Marraffino
    4. James P. Frederick
    5. Sagi Shaked
    5 lawyer answers

    Five years is a long time for a probate to be opened. Most judges will require something be done to close the estate. If you have an attorney, petition for mediation or a division of assets to separate yours from the rest of the funds. If you don't have an attorney you should get one quickly. The bickering is costing you money as well as attorney fees are taken before any inheritance is paid out. Good luck.

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  5. Are POD bank accounts stated in a Living trust agreement ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    2. Carol Anne Johnson
    3. Adam Troy Rauman
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    The attorney or the Personal Representative of the estate should have informed you which bank the account was located. There is no reason for a POD account to be listed in a Trust as the POD pays outside probate. The Trust agreement may have stated one or more banks your grandmother banked with. If you have to search on your own, I would start with those banks.

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  6. Does an attorney have to be present at the signing of a will?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeramie J. Fortenberry
    2. Ruth Elaine McMahon
    3. Adam Troy Rauman
    4. Joseph Warren Cannon Boyles
    5. David Jule Gruskin
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    Typically you do not want any family member as a witness to the Will, although having one will not invalidate the document. It sounds like your grandmother didn't need a new will but rather a codicil also known as an amendment. Depending on the language of her original Will, it may not have been necessary to make any changes. It would be unusual for your uncle's wife to get his inheritance, usually it would pass to your uncle's children, if any. Again, the Will would have to be reviewed to...

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  7. What's the best way to will an amount of cash, to be paid to a convict ($500 per month) after my death and his release?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Troy Rauman
    2. Joseph Warren Cannon Boyles
    3. Evan W Turk
    4. Steven J. Fromm
    5. Brandan J. Pratt
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    A Trust is the best way to control the distributions of your estate after your death. Typically, you will be the original trustee of the trust. After your death, your successor trustee will follow the instruction you state in the trust document. In your case, the trustee will wait until the person is released from prison then begin the distributions. You can also instruct that if he/she is reincarcerated the distributions will stop. Please contact a local estate attorney to assist with the...

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  8. Who pays to maintain the homestead while the probate case makes its way through court? What about sales prep costs?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Troy Rauman
    2. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    3. Howard Robert Roitman
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    A debit of the estate is repaid by estate assets. A Personal Representative (PR) is not personally responsible for any estate debit or cost. The PR and the attorney are entitled, by FL statute, to be compensated, from estate assets, for their time spent handling the estate. You may object to their compensation if you feel the amount is unreasonable. If you object, a hearing will be set before the probate judge and the judge will make a ruling as to amount of the compensation. Please note, your...

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  9. Can my mum changes my dad's will. My dad has past away recently. Country Fiji

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    2. Adam Troy Rauman
    3. Carol Anne Johnson
    4. Robert E. Harris Jr.
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    Sorry for your loss. There are several ways to transfer title to a home. If the house is deeded to your mum outright, she can sell it or transfer ownership to anyone she chooses. If the house is deeded as a life estate, you and your brother have some say as to what happens to the house. To more precisely answer your question, please contact a local estate attorney to review the will and the new deed.

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  10. My father was on Medicaid in a nursing home for 3 years. All his Social Security and military retirement went to the home as his

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Troy Rauman
    2. James P. Frederick
    3. Allen Howard Gruber
    4. Matthew Erik Johnson
    4 lawyer answers

    Sorry for your loss. The short answer is No, your father's primary residence is protected homestead. I recommend you contact a probate attorney to review the deed and discuss whether or not probate is needed. I am currently handling a probate where the deed appeared to transfer ownership to the daughter. However, now she is trying to sell the house and the title insurance company won't provide title insurance until the home passes through probate to clear any potential clouds on the title....

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