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  • Can I find out what's in my fathers (recently deceased) will w/o his wife knowing?

    Her and I don't get along, she never even bothered to tell me my dad had died, my aunt had to tell me. If he put me in his will I would like to know. She will do everything in her power to make sure I don't know.

    Amanda’s Answer

    You can search the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program (link below) under your father's name to see if the Will has been filed yet. If it has been filed, it is public record and you can obtain a copy for $1.25 a page.

    http://wcca.wicourts.gov/simpleCaseSearch.xsl;jsessionid=8D20C1868DF564C3E56194A8E905D34C.render6?

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  • How long should it take for the dispersment of funds take if the deceased has a will but has several banks & several insurance

    It's been over a year

    Amanda’s Answer

    You can check the status of the probate on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program by searching the deceased's name at this link: http://wcca.wicourts.gov/simpleCaseSearch.xsl;jsessionid=8D20C1868DF564C3E56194A8E905D34C.render6?

    Generally, probate distributions will not be made until both the Inventory is filed and the Creditor's Deadline has passed. You may want to simply call the office of the attorney that is handling the Estate and ask when they expect distributions to be made.

    If there is no open probate action, then you may want to consider hiring a local attorney and opening the estate as an interested party.

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  • What suits can I file against a person who admits to receiving and selling stolen property which was stolen from me?

    I was the victim of a burglary and lost $20,000 worth of property. The burglar was an addict who traded stolen property for drugs. The burglar was captured, convicted, and is in prison. The meth dealer was arrested too, but not for involvement ...

    Amanda’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Maciolek's analysis and I would add that addicts and dealers can become very dangerous and unpredictable when cornered or crossed. The safest approach would be to make a claim to your own homeowner's or renter's insurance provider. If you are not insured, you may want to let the restitution process play itself out.

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  • What is the best solution for the seller of a house when a buyer backs out of the contract 3 days from closing?

    Buyer makes offer of $90 K on our house listed at $99 K due to possibility of new roof. Seller counters with $93 K. Buyer accepts counter contingent on home inspection. Home inspection showed what buyer suspected plus other minor items that nee...

    Amanda’s Answer

    You have several options. The first and most generous option is to trust this Buyer and hold the house for him until he is able to access funds to close.

    A second, more conservative approach would be to extend closing date in the Offer until 11/15/15, but also include a provision that allows you to continue showing and accepting other offers. If a third party makes an Offer, then this Buyer would have 15 days to close with no contingencies. If he does not successfully close within that time, then you would have the right to sell to the third party.

    The third and most rash approach would be to sue the Buyer for breach of contract and specific performance. This will be costly, time consuming, and may or may not eventually lead to closing or monetary damages.

    I believe that some hybrid of the second approach would likely lead to the best net gain for you. Good luck.

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  • I have divorce decree from my husband{now deceased] from his first marriage. Wondering if after 41 years they are still legal

    It states that the daughters get certain items of property {share and share alike} most of which I no longer have. A son in law iis attempting to take items that remain. These girls are in their 50s now. Here is how it reads: Plaintiff is also awa...

    Amanda’s Answer

    I think that you are both ethically and legally obligated to give the decedent's daughters the personal property that they were entitled to, but did not receive, for all of these years. It is not the decedent's property because he was divested of ownership and legal title is held by the daughters pursuant to the court order you describe. The daughter's could successfully sue you personally for tortious conversion of property. They may even recover attorney fees and exemplary damages since you are knowingly and intentionally withholding their property from them. You really should give them what is rightfully theirs in the first place.

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  • I live in Wi and was attacked by a pittbull with bad injuries and scars to hand and leg & ins only want to give me 30 thousand

    I was walking across the road when pittbull broke the chain and came after me and my daughter, I made my daughter run and the dog started attacking me. Ripped a large hole in my hand , bite my stomach and 2 spots on my lower leg. I ended up with...

    Amanda’s Answer

    You should hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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  • Can I terminate my lease because my landlord left my door unlocked?

    My landlord replaced doors on many of the apartments in our complex. They are all private entrance. Our door was left unlocked for who knows how long. Nothing was stolen but we do not want to live there anymore. Can we legally end our lease due to...

    Amanda’s Answer

    What do you mean by "who knows how long"? I assume that it had to be less than a day unless you were out of town. This seems like an isolated incident and it likely does not provide legal grounds for you to terminate your lease.

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  • Which practice area would be used when seeking action against an institution and the misconduct of one of their employees?

    I am unsure which area of law would come into play. I am not employed by the institution, but have made them aware of their employee's misconduct and emotional abuse against me. After conducting a less than thorough review, no action has been ta...

    Amanda’s Answer

    This could be a civil rights violation, personal injury, or even a general practice civil suit. It sounds like you should speak to an attorney that you can trust with the details of your case. Best of luck.

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  • Is it legal for landlords to advertise 24 hour surveillance on their properties if there is in fact no working cameras?

    I spoke with my landlord after some vandalized my car. He said and I quote "the cameras are more for scare then anything else." "They don't actually work!"

    Amanda’s Answer

    The landlord has the signs for your protection and the protection of your property. I do not believe that you have a claim against him because a third party criminally damaged your property unless you were paying rent for working cameras. In other words, the cameras were promised to you or guaranteed to be working in your written lease.

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  • Should I take an offer for "cash for keys" of $1200 to move within 3 weeks after foreclosure sale

    After both of us losing our jobs due to downsizing, we lost our house to foreclosure in Racine, WI. A realtor came to our house and offered us money to leave within 3 weeks. If we don't sign the paperwork, they will start the eviction process. ...

    Amanda’s Answer

    You have the ability to negotiate with the realtor. Tell him or her that you will leave within three weeks for the sum of $1200.00, but you will not be leaving your appliances. If he or she agrees, then you can either take the appliances or sell them on Craig's List for additional cash. If you need more time, then tell the realtor that you can be out in four weeks. Do not push too hard though because they can likely physically evict you and your personal property in that much time.

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