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  • Ex converted our daughters 501c from ex dad in law to trust so I would be forced to fund college legal??

    I'm from Illinois. My ex and her step bro and siis sued her dads estate to get there share of inheritance all three had children same age including our girl All children had 501 c college funds $46000 each the ex and bro and sis had 501 c co...

    Steven’s Answer

    Can't add much to what the other attorneys said but don't you mean a 529 account? 501c refers to part of the internal revenue code regarding non-profits/charities.

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  • Can I enter into a lease agreement with my 13 year old niece?

    My niece was injured as a baby and received a settlement because of it. Her mother, my sister, is a neglectful parent. She doesn't work, drive, cook, clean, or set any type of good example for my niece. My niece and I are very close, and I have...

    Steven’s Answer

    Now that you are out, they can probably keep you out. The process in PA when there is no lease does afford certain rights to the tenant however. That aside, the condo is not in your niece's name - it may be in the name of a trust for her benefit or a minor's estate managed by the Orphans Court. The attorney is either the trustee or guardian of the (or represents the guardian or trustee).

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  • What does it mean if my power of attorney says it will become null and void after 21 July 2016?

    My mother in law has to go to UAB hospital to get my wifes medical records for us because I am in the Army and in Colorado. I went to the JAG office to get a POA and I told the legal NCO that my mother in law will have to have it till Monday so sh...

    Steven’s Answer

    I think you would need someone to review this document in full and be fully aware of the circumstances but the language you quote indicates that that the power or attorney ceases to be valid on 7/21 so if someone reads the document closely it would not be able to be used after that date.

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  • How do I become executor of estate

    So I'm adopted and found that my birth father had. Type 4 lung cancer 3 months before he died he had a 55 thousand dollar life insurance policy my fathers wife remmaried and doesn't want the money and neither does my biological sister. What form ...

    Steven’s Answer

    If the only asset is truly the life insurance there are probably a couple ways to handle it...if the life insurance beneficiary is living (you indicate wife/sister) they could accept the death benefit and give it to you or the life insurance company may allow them to assign the benefit to you directly. These options would negate the need to open probate.

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  • How do I get a copy of my power of attorney

    Lost my copy, don't remember when I applied for it

    Steven’s Answer

    Not sure what you mean by "applied for it" - it is not something you apply for. Either you prepared yourself or had an attorney prepare a power of attorney (you giving power to an agent to do things in your place) OR you were subject to a guardianship proceeding where a court ordered someone to be your guardian.

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  • How do we combine our Family Estate 'interests' to count as One Single Entity instead of 2 separate ones?

    I own a percentage in a family estate that spans two different land lots. I own 16.5% and my Uncle owns a 33.5% in that same estate. We want to combine our interests to total 50% so that we can both move together onto one of the lots (the least ex...

    Steven’s Answer

    I would contact an attorney in MT that has experience with probate and real estate. Depending on who is involved in these various partnerships / estates this may be possible. Not sure if there would be zoning issues involved in that area of the country.

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  • How do succession laws apply when a heir dies?

    Person A dies in the state of Washington with a will that lists several heirs. One of those heirs died a few weeks before Person A and that heir had no will while being a resident of Oregon. At the time of death, this heir had a spouse and three b...

    Steven’s Answer

    Depends on the language in the will of "A" - in most cases however if someone fails to survive the decedent ("A") the will says the gifts lapses (disappears) or the gift goes to the dead beneficiary's issue or family

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  • In a will are investments considered possessions?

    My grandma passed away and the will that was the original will said that each of the grand children get an eighth of possessions. The grandchildren are being told that the executors of the will are entitled to all of the investments. My basic ques...

    Steven’s Answer

    I think you need to have an attorney review the will. "Possessions" could mean personal property. Investments such as stocks, bonds and accounts typically not considered in that category.

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  • How do I get a will made?

    Wanting to do a family will. Please adive of local attorneys

    Steven’s Answer

    I would reach out to a few local estate planning attorneys who will take you through the process. This website has a Find-a-lawyer section - use it. Most estate attorneys will offer a free consultation. I also ask clients to submit a detailed fact-finder before meeting so I can know a bit more about their situation and get them thinking about the topics/decisions they'll need to make.

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  • Cost in creating a will (simple)?

    I would like to have a simple will. I have no assets other than life insurance and retirement through my employment. I would like to make sure that my son has access to this in the event of my death. Is it legally binding to use a website to cr...

    Steven’s Answer

    As Mr. Owens indicated, it is best to invest in doing this right. I have seen many self-prepared and even attorney-prepared wills with numerous issues. Since investing in doing this correctly is much less costly than the cost of fixing the mistakes if there are issues it is usually a good investment. I have also spoken to many people who said they wanted a "Simple" will and their situation was not nearly as simple as they thought. At least take the time to sit down with an estate planning attorney to be educated on the issues and things you haven't thought about - that way you will be able to make an informed decision.

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