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How is value of vehicle determined in brother's estate - no will and estate will be insolvent?

Charleston, WV |
Filed under: Probate

Sister is next of kin. Nursing home bill of $14,000 only debt. Brother's friend will be administrator as sister is out of state. Funeral home bill has been paid.

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If there are no other assets to probate, then you may be able to use either a small estate proceeding or a non-probate proceeding to get title to the vehicle changed into your name. In most cases like this, the creditors are simply out of luck. You might benefit from a short consultation with a probate attorney.

James Frederick

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Is the court going to tell us how much to sell the vehicle for or what it is worth?

James P. Frederick

James P. Frederick


With either small estate or non-probate proceedings, the court is generally not involved at all. I doubt that the court would get into valuation issues, anyway. They would probably leave it to YOU to provide evidence on valuation, which they might then support.

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