Celia R Reed’s Answers

Celia R Reed

Phoenix Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 20
  1. Why doesn't family court order back child support?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. Taylor House
    3. Ryan Hardy
    3 lawyer answers

    You can file a motion for clarification and reconsideration, asking the court to explain how it arrived at the child support calculations, and to reconsider back child support issues.

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  2. I think we need an attorney that handles probate.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    3. Adam S. Bernick
    3 lawyer answers

    If probate was never opened, the issue is who was awarded the house in the will? Also what was the value of the property at the time of death? Depending on these answers your mother may have to open probate or you may be able to transfer the property by affidavit. You definitely want to consult with a probate attorney.

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  3. My brother passed away and my sister wanted to be representative of his estate.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. Joseph Jonathan Brophy
    3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Brophy. You should go through your files and obtain as much documentation as possible to substantiate your claim, and track the funds. In general, the attorney fees for representing the personal representative are taken from the estate. If you can convince your sister she will be depleting her own inheritance by denying you your funds, you might possibly resolve this amicably. If not, hire your own counsel as soon as probate is filed.

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  4. Wills and Probate

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. Thomas J Callahan
    3. Michael Todd Shilinski
    4. Michael S. Haber
    5. Jonathan Craig Reed
    5 lawyer answers

    A will is legal if it complies with the statutory requirements of the state in which it was executed. For example, some states recognize holographic (handwritten) wills, while other states do not. In terms of the testator or testatrix, they must be of sound mind, recognizing the extent of their estate, and not be unduly influenced in the making of their will. In order words, the actual will is either legal or not when written, not when admitted to probate. It is only when it is admitted to...

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  5. I'm the executor of my mothers estate. we sold her house.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jay G. Fischer
    2. Celia R Reed
    3. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    3 lawyer answers

    No, it's not a gift. It's an inheritance. It has to come from the decedent's estate and not from you directly.

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  6. My mother died in North Carolina where her will was but her trust was in MA in which state do I need to consult an Attorney

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. James P. Frederick
    3. Charles Adam Shultz
    3 lawyer answers

    I would start by having an attorney review the trust because there is a possibility that all of your mother's assets are disposed of by the trust. If that is not the case, the will needs to be probated in North Carolina. Any assets in Massachusetts not disposed of by the trust will need to be disposed of through an ancillary probate. Many attorneys will be happy to assist you and get paid through the estate, so that should not be an issue for you. Best wishes.

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  7. Can you invoke laches if you demonstrated good faith to obtain rights the correct way, were ignored, and are later sued?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    2. Celia R Reed
    3. John P Corrigan
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    5. Ivan Jose Parron
    6. ···
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    Probably not. The doctrine of laches is not favored and doesn't appear to apply to your case. Laches is used when a party delays so long in bringing suit that the other side loses it's ability to properly defend against the cause of action. Examples would be when critical evidence is not preserved or key witnesses can no longer be located. Here the only issue would be whether you wrongfully incorporated someone else's music into your own and profited as a result.

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  8. Should I shift real estate out of my name prior to filling out an affidavit about my assets or is accident date the factor?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Peter Scott Van Keuren
    2. Robert Edward Fenster
    3. Michael T Millar
    4. Seth Jason Greenhill
    5. Carol Anne Johnson
    6. ···
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    If you shift assets at this time, it's fraud. Fill out the affidavit with the assets you currently own.

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  9. What to do when estate administrators fails/won't pay out to creditor when assets are available?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Erik Johnson
    2. Don Paul Harvey
    3. Celia R Reed
    4. James P. Frederick
    5. Jeff Tomberg
    5 lawyer answers

    You need to hire an attorney to petition the court for payment.

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  10. My husband has taken all cash assets and is stating he is no longer providing for myself and my adult children who are students.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Celia R Reed
    2. Donna G Heller
    3. Patrick S Sampair
    3 lawyer answers

    See an experienced family law attorney immediately.

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