There is no easy question posed here. A "life estate" is not necessarily a probate proceeding. Generally in Florida estates are supposed to close within one year of opening. However a probate proceeding can last for years where there are unique circumstances, for example where there is pending litigation. You should contact a qualified probate attorney to go over the specifics of your question and to seek further guidance.
Yes it is fairly common to sign sign these documents before you receive a distribution. If you believe there has been something done incorrectly or the numbers don't appear to add up based upon what the attorney has explained to you, then I would probably hold off on signing these important documents until you receive more information. The personal representative is under a fiduciary obligation to make the distribution to the beneficiaries and failing to do so can have serious repercussions.
When a person passes away, the Power of Attorney is no longer valid. However, if the account used for the checks is in your grandfather's joint name, it may be ok. You should contact an experienced probate attorney to review your specific circumstances, as this is an important matter.
Your question does not provide certain information needed to formulate an exact answer. However, it appears that the estate in Florida would pass by intestacy laws. The children may have a stake in the outcome, even though they have criminal backgrounds. This is unfortunate. I suggest contacting a qualified attorney to assist you with this process.
At this point your mother may only have a possible cancellation of removal of a nonlpr available as a form of relief before the immigration court. This is a very difficult remedy to have approved by the Court. An experienced immigration attorney can assist you with this and perhaps postpone further action against your mom until you are eligible to file for your mother. Your mom's case may pose some difficult challenges which are hard to discern here concerning her departure from the United...
You need to go through the probate process for any items that are in your spouse's name alone, eg stock accounts. Summary administration is a more compact type of process that may be quicker and save you some money compared to a formal administration type procedure. There is not an emergency timeline to close out these accounts and submit probate documents, so you may have some time to accumulate the funds needed. Some Florida probate clerks will help you along in the process, if it is a...
An approved U.S. civil surgeon is required to prepare a special medical report for adjustment cases done in the United States. You should consult the USCIS website for this list of physicians. There are very few, if any, civil surgeons who accept insurance plans.
Unfortunately many people create trusts but fail to fund them. It is possible that some or all of your parents assets were not put into the Trust in the proper manner. Probate is required in some situations where a Trust has been prepared and funded with some assets, but not all of them. You should make further inquiries of the attorney to find out why probate is necessary.
If the inheritance is more than $15,000 in Florida then a guardianship is mandatory pursuant to Florida Statute. If a guardianship is required and it is not established, there could be repercussions. You should contact an experienced attorney to help resolve this important issue.
Yes you may file for adjustment of status based upon your marriage to a U.S. citizen and can apply for a Employment Authorization Card which is generally issued within 90 days of filing. Consulting with an experienced immigration attorney is very especially important for these types of cases.