My father has a will that names my sister and myself as the beneficiaries and his lawyer as executor of the estate. He leaves behind two vehicles that my sister and myself have agreed upon.
Prosecuted criminally? Not very likely. But I would advise you to settle the estate and transfer the title to the cars as you and your sister have agreed so that you can properly prove you own it, register it and insure it.
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I agree with Attorney Zelinger. It should not take long for the vehicles to be transferred through probate. But it should be done before you drive them. Otherwise, there is potential liability. Why you would be prosecuted, I cannot imagine.
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I agree with both of my colleagues. To add, however, if the lawyer wanted to play hardball, he could cause you some issues. If you and your sister agree, and all bills have been paid, I would think the executor would be willing to do a preliminary distribution. The lawyer can and should prevent you from driving the car until title is passed to you because your actions exposure the entire estate to liability.
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