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Ruth Elaine McMahon

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  • I paid my abusive, threatening, violent mother's bills for years and she refuses to pay me back; how can I be repaid???

    I was terrified of her and spent my life, up until that point, being terrorized and beaten on an every day basis. Yes, I have been well rid of her since 2000, but she owes me more than $100,000.00 for all the bills, medications, storage fees and ...

    Ruth’s Answer

    You may have to wait awhile longer. But, if you have promissory notes (best) or receipts (not as good) you can file a claim against her estate when she passes. Whenever you loan $$$ to anyone, you need to get a promissory note to use as evidence, if necessary. You could file for bad debts if you have promissory notes, but this won't get your $$$ back, it only reduces your income taxes.

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  • Error on old tax return

    Back in 2007 i was about 19 years old. I worked a minimum wage job at a store, part time, and got a tax return of maybe 200-600$. It was so long ago i hardly remember. I filed my tax return myself using turbo tax. All i really remember is that tur...

    Ruth’s Answer

    File an Amended tax return for that year ...... and make sure you use a CPA to prepare the return.

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  • If automatic estimated income tax payments are made after a person's death, are they claimed in the last tax return or estate?

    My mother died mid-year after setting up automatic quarterly estimated state and federal income tax payments. The payments continued to be made in the quarters after her death. Should credit for these be claimed in the decedent's final income ta...

    Ruth’s Answer

    If your mother's estate must file a Federal Estate Tax Return (Form 706) because her estate has more than $5,340,00 assets and the funds have not bern returned, you can take a deduction on the Estate Tax Return - if she owes estate tax. However, if you do not have to file an estate tax return, take the deduction on her final income tax return - if she owes tax. You can get a refund on the final income tax return. Check with your CPA or estate attorney re which is best.

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  • What forms need to be filled out in order to transfer residential property into my living trust?

    I live in California but my wife and I own a residence in New York. We recently created a living trust and would like to transfer title to ourselves as trustees under our trust but we are not familiar with the forms in New York. What forms would...

    Ruth’s Answer

    You need a New York attorney to prepare a deed to the trust. The attorney should have the forms you need to accompany the transfer to recording.

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  • Requesting pro bono or contingent contested nonparental attorney or a contested guardianship

    I need an attorney to help get my son back, and is willing to sign subpoenas because this Judge is refusing to sign subpoenas so what can I do? there is guardianship abuse and there were two witnesses my uncle and I, I am the biological mother and...

    Ruth’s Answer

    You should contact the local Bar Association or Legal Aid for a referral. You have to qualilfy for legal aid to help you.

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  • My mom, dad, and older sister is fighting for my two younger sisters. I feel they will be better off in foster care.

    My mom is mentally sick, my dad works at McDonald's, and my older sister doesn't have a stable home. Currently I am in school so I can't adopt them. They have been in foster care for a week now and they have never been happier. I have to write a w...

    Ruth’s Answer

    Express your opinion and back it up with facts. That's all you can do.

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  • I just found out my mother has lung cancer. Is it too late to create a living trust for her assets? She is still in sound mind

    She is still in sound mind and we had her doctor sign off on her mental capacity

    Ruth’s Answer

    It should not be too late to create a trust. Make sure she has a POA for Health care & POA for finances. And, make sure the assets are transferred to the trust after it is created.

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  • Guardianship of two children

    A lady I know was dating a man that got into some trouble in Missouri, he fled and they came to California. He was arrested yesterday and they are now saying they will be back to arrest her for harboring him. She has a three month old baby and a f...

    Ruth’s Answer

    You can try guardianship, but the agency with foster care works rapidly, so you may not have the guardianship before the agency gets involved.

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  • Can I file for guardianship of my mother who is in a coma due to a suicide attempt?

    My only sibling has blocked any contact with her and I have been the one living with her for years and caring for her, I just want to be able to see my mother before she dies without my sisters escort, and to be able to actually enter her room not...

    Ruth’s Answer

    Yes, you can file for guardianship - in the county where mother resides.

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  • Is it better and least expensive for my uncle to add my mothers name to the title or make a will and name her as beneficiary?

    My mother built a house with my uncle in Jamaica. He has his title for the property.My mother doesn't have any paper work that states that she is part owner of the house.

    Ruth’s Answer

    iF YOUR MOTHER CONTRIBUTED HALF TO BUILD THE HOUSE, SHE SHOULD BE ON THE DEED. If the deed lists mother and uncle as tenants in common rather than joint tenants with right of survivorship. mother should also be listed in the Will as a beneficiary. Please consult an estate planning attorney.

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