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Matthew Allan Quick

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  • My father passed away 6 years ago without a will. What forms will I need to file to get his house in my name.

    I have been paying the mortgage since, and when my father died there was no equity in the loan as he only had paid for one year prior to his death. My sister and I are the only heirs and my sister wants to sign any rights to the property over to m...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thank you for your question. First you should check the records at the recorder's office to see how title is held in the home (who owns the home). Based upon who has title to the home is how you would next proceed. If it was only in the name of your father, the process to get the home in your name may involve probate.

    It would be very wise to contact an estates or probate attorney for some direction. Most attorneys will offer a free phone consultation--take it! It would also be wise to do some estate planning of your own to avoid any confusion in the future regarding your property or health care.

    I hope this helps. I have also included some resources for your review. Please let me know if I can help further.

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  • Can I do a last will & testament myself by downloading a form.

    If I download a form for a will, complete and have it executed is it legal?

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thank you for your question. If you download a form from the internet and have it executed according the laws of the state in which you reside then yes the will would be legal, but please be careful because this could get you into much trouble! Having a legal will is much different than having a will that will do what your circumstances require. Without knowing your estate planning needs and without being able to see the will that you will download to sign, no one can have an opinion on whether the will is going to benefit you.
    In addition to a will, you should also think about a greater estate plan that includes powers of attorney for health care and property, HIPAA waiver, possibly a mental health care declaration, possibly a trust, possibly some transfer-on-death planning.
    Pulling a will off of the web and signing it may quickly ease your conscience, but could certainly have negative consequences in the future.
    It wouldn't hurt to talk with an attorney about an estate plan. Many attorneys offer a free telephone consultation and could get you going in the right direction. Also, I have attached some articles from my website for resources.
    Good luck!

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  • Adding person as trustee to existing trust??????

    Daughter to be added.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thank you for your question. This is a simple process for an experienced attorney. While you are consulting with an attorney to get your trust changed (see about a free consultation), it would be a good idea to have he rest of your estate plan reviewed to ensure it reflects your wishes.

    Please let me know if I can help further.

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  • What happens when a contractor misquotes a job in my favor for concrete sidewalks?

    Contract was signed on 4/20/13. The work was to be started on following Friday 4/26. contractor calls on Saturday stating he misquoted job and that we need to meet to discuss error. He informed us that he has not deposited our half down deposit

    Matthew’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues and would add that the answer to your question greatly depends on the specifics of the situation. Consult an attorney to talk details and options, and determine your best course. Best of luck!

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  • I just signed my first artist to my record company, but she never submitted a phonograph record. So can I drop her?

    Last year I signed an recording artist to my record company to submit 5 (at least 4) phonograph records. A year has passed and she never submitted even 1 album yet. She emailed me stated she wanted to be a comedian now. So can I hold the agreement...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues, you need to consult with an attorney to talk details and options. The answer will probably lie in the agreement. If you have not already, you should contact a contract attorney to help you structure these agreements to avoid these problems in the future.

    Best of luck!

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  • My vested RSUs will expire on 1/23/2014 and the company is going public and I have been asked to sign a "lock-up" agreement.

    I have RSUs that have already vested but I was told by my company that I couldn't use them because the company is not publicly traded. Now the company has submitted an S-1 on 4/5/2013 and I am being asked to sign a "lock-up" agreement which will l...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Consult with an attorney to talk details and options. There is much to your question that cannot be addressed on this forum. I agree with my colleagues, the answer will likely depend on the agreements that have been signed. Best of luck!

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  • Obtaining a deed.

    Purchased a property on land contract and paid it off 3 years ago. I have been trying to obtain a deed through the title company and the seller and cannot get it.

    Matthew’s Answer

    There is no hard and fast rule to get a deed, however, it could get complicated. Contact an attorney to talk details and options. Hopefully, this can be resolved very quickly for your sake.

    Best of luck!

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  • Trust document and schedule attached to trust

    Why would a bank hold documents in regards to a estate and trust in their vault, if they are listed as a successor trustee? Is the schedule of a trust agreement to be attached to the trust, when you are appointing a bank or individual as a succes...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues and would add that the documents may be at the bank for safekeeping. If this is the case there is a very simple procedure that will allow an interested party the ability to search a safe deposit box for estate planning documents. Best of luck!

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  • Do both co-trustees need to sign updated Certificate of Trust?

    I was the successor trustee to my mom's living trust. When she died, I just replaced the current trustee section of the certificate of trust with my name, signed it, and had it notarized. This worked fine and I opened a trust bank account with i...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague and would add that either can sign or you can have an attorney sign. The certificate exists as an affidavit that the trust is still in existence and the trustee(s) has authority to conduct the business that he or she seeks to conduct.

    Best of luck!

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  • Trust Document and Will

    If a bank has held a trust document and Will in there vault for the Grantor. When the Grantor dies, can the beneficiaries legally request the Trust and Will out of the vault, if they listed on the trust document, as legal beneficiaries? Is there...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues and would add that there is a very simple procedure in Michigan to access a safe deposit box to search for estate planning documents. You should certainly contact an attorney to talk details.

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