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Celia R Reed

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  • My mothers estate went to probate two weeks ago. The assumed heir has emptied out the house and threw away everything but what

    She wanted, and took the rest out of state to her home. We are contesting the will but fear nothing will be left when we get in the court room. She has also taken the cars and traded them in. Is this considered stealing since we are in the early s...

    Celia’s Answer

    If the assumed heir is the personal representative, and the will did not specifically designate the personal items, the pr has the authority to decide what is of value and should be kept and what should be discarded. She is also allowed to dispose of other estate assets, provided that the proceeds of any sale are placed in the estate account, pending payment of creditors and final distribution. If you are contesting the will, discuss this situation with your attorney, but your facts do not present anything out the ordinary.

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  • A guy has had my girlfriends truck for a month we never sighned papers for him to work on it wat do we do

    he trying to make us pay over $1300 we never signed anything stating him to work on her truck

    Celia’s Answer

    It would help to have more information, such as how the guy got the truck and why you waited a month to come forward.

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  • What steps can I legally take?

    My husband was gifted a home after his uncle died. After his death the family had the opportunity to take items they were interested in. All property and financial aspects have Benn finalized for over a year now. The deed to the house is in my hu...

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    Unlikely unless any of the items were specifically gifted to them.

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  • Is it possible to change ownership after someone has passed away?

    I was given a truck to rebuild. However the man passed before signing the title to me. He does not owe money on this vehicle and it is non working. Unfortunately he passed owing money on his house. How do I get the truck into my name or will it...

    Celia’s Answer

    The vehicle becomes part of the estate. So you can only get title through the estate.

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  • Can the PR sell the property before the probate has closed.

    my father past and I am the pr, need money to pay debts and I have someone to buy property now.

    Celia’s Answer

    Unless the house is a specific bequest and there are other estate assets to pay estate bills, you call sell the house for estate expenses. The sale proceeds need to go into the estate account and cannot be used for your personal debts unless you have authority to make a partial distribution.

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  • Would the FBI post a web message to pay $300 for viewing child porn?I was surfing a variety of porn sites at the time.

    It said do not leave the site, or I would be in more trouble. It requested the funds be paid at a choice of retail stores such as Walmart, Krogers, etc. I shut the PC down. Could this be legitamite, or just a scare hoax.

    Celia’s Answer

    This is a scam.

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  • What constitutes an itemized list of deductions from a security deposit?

    I moved out of my apt and nearly all of my deposit was withheld and I was given a list of items with no receipts, or specific amounts for the individual items, just a cumulative total withheld. Does this constitute an itemized list?

    Celia’s Answer

    Not at all. Every damage and repair need to be individually accounted for, preferably with receipts or estimates for repair. Ideally, you would have done a walk through and been advised of damages at that time. Most states will award a tenant the security wrongfully withheld and penalties of up to twice the amount wrongfully withheld if the landlord cannot justify the failure to properly account for the security deposit. If the court rules in your favor, you will most likely also be awarded your attorney fees so consult a land-tenant attorney as soon as possible.

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  • Sale of LLC shares in AZ

    As a 25% partner in 2 software LLC's (one to handle the sales, one to handle the IP holdings) in Arizona, I now want to sell my shares to a 3rd party. We have had 1 customer sale in the past 5 years of the LLCs existence and we have not been prof...

    Celia’s Answer

    The best way to answer your question accurately is to have a corporate attorney review the operating agreements and have the accountants review the financials. You also need to determine if you can sell to a third party or whether the existing members have first right of refusal.

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  • If she told her broker she wasn’t going to take a commission from selling the family home, then after escrow closed she took 10k

    My Dad died my sister who has had a real estate license is the executer of the trust. We had an estate sale & sold the home. There was a reverse mortgage with a pay off amount of 350k. After the estate sale I told her she needs to open an account ...

    Celia’s Answer

    I believe you have already asked this question and received several helpful responses.

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