Celia R Reed’s Answers

Celia R Reed

Phoenix Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 20
  1. Does it take both owners (husband & wife) listed on deed to sign a listing agreement in the state of NY?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Edward Papa
    2. Michael T Millar
    3. Jack Richard Lebowitz
    4. Jayson Lutzky
    5. Celia R Reed
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    8 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues. It's legal for only one spouse to sign the listing agreement, but as escrow will not close without both owners' signature and cooperation, a realtor would generally not want to sign an agreement with only one spouse.

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  2. How do I contest a will that was made in my absence by my father and siblings without my input (oldest Son) in the state of Va?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. David Majors
    2. Donna R Blaustein
    3. Celia R Reed
    4. Charles Adam Shultz
    4 lawyer answers

    You cannot contest a will that has not been probated. In addition, your father is not required to consult with you in preparing his last will.

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  3. How do I get Letters of Administration?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    3. Stephanie Sauer Woods
    4. Gary Todd Dupler
    5. Todd Douglas Kaplan
    5 lawyer answers

    You need to be represented by counsel to probate an estate in Florida. In addition, if you cannot notify an heir by mail and cannot located them, you will have to petition the court for alternate methods of notification.

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  4. How are property taxes paid when estate has not yet been settled?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Davidov
    2. James P. Frederick
    3. Celia R Reed
    4. Peter J Weinman
    4 lawyer answers

    If there are no available funds because no one can access the estate account, get a new executor appointed as soon as possible. In the meantime, the beneficiaries should advance the expenses. It's cheaper than having to pay penalties and late fees.

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  5. Are executors allowed to hold up an inheritance for ransom, for 3 1/2 years, until they extort a promise not to sue?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Orsen E. Paxton III
    2. Celia R Reed
    3. John Gus Zgourides
    4. Vance Tate Davis
    5. Steven John Clausen
    5 lawyer answers

    This does not sound right. However, if the child is a minor, she is not able to enter into a contract not to sue. If she is now of age, she should retain other counsel to review the matter and possibly contest the accounting.

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  6. My sister died with no will. She has no assets only a home. She had large credit card debt. Will the creditors take the house?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. William John Skabelund
    3. Douglas Garth Edmunds
    4. Steven W Zachary
    4 lawyer answers

    I would encourage you to try to negotiate with the credit card company. There is a good chance you could get a substantial reduction of the credit card amount.

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  7. My mother who is PR of my dads estate did not list all the assets on the inventory is this legal ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. Robert John Murillo
    3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    4. Jane Goltermann Ebisch
    4 lawyer answers

    Not all assets go through probate so this may be legal. For example, life insurance benefits go directly to the beneficiary. Many investment accounts have beneficiary designations. A house can be titled in joint ownership with rights of survivorship, so it also does not pass through probate. The same is true of a car. So if you want to make sure that everything is listed accurately, you may need to retain your own counsel to double check.

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  8. If a spouse is left everything in a Will, and the deceased owns a corp. and an LLC does it have to go to Probate?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. Robert John Murillo
    3. Steven M Zelinger
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to consult with a probate attorney to review the decedent's assets and determine whether they pass through probate. A corporation has a life of its own and does not go through probate. The same is true of an LLC. However, the decedent's interest in these entities may be subject to probate. you need to determine if the entities or members had buy-sell agreements determining disposition of the ownership interest upon death.

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  9. I NEED TO CLOSE MY FATHER'S P.O.D. ACCOUNT. I AM ONE OF THREE BENEFICIARIES ON THAT ACCOUNT AND ANOTHER BENEFICIARY IS DECEASED.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. James P. Frederick
    2. Donna R Blaustein
    3. Celia R Reed
    4. Vance Tate Davis
    5. Stephen Scott Pearcy
    5 lawyer answers

    The terms of the will have no bearing on the P.O.D. account. Unless the beneficiaries of the P.O.D. account were joint beneficiaries, the bank can require that your deceased sister's estate be probated. This is not as daunting as it sounds, as you may be able to do this by a small estate affidavit and conduct the whole process by mail.

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  10. Do you lawyers expect to get paid even if a real estate closing does not go through?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Thomas O. Moens
    2. Paul A. Smolinski
    3. Matthew R. Gebhardt
    4. Celia R Reed
    5. Lela Jeannette Davis
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    7 lawyer answers

    The attorney will get paid according to the terms of the fee agreement. If it specifies that the attorney will not get paid unless the property closes, than the attorney does not get paid. I doubt many fee agreements have this provision, as the attorney puts in time and effort, regardless of the outcome.

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