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  • How can my srepfather "evict" me when i am have been living here.as my late mother's caretaker, not tenant.

    I have lived with my mother & her husband for the past 15 months. Cooking &.cleaning for them & serving as my mothers caretaaker as she battled cancer. She died 8/8 & her husband gave me a writtien notice to vacate yesterday. There is no letterhea...

    Arnold’s Answer

    The answer depends upon whether SF has the sole legal right to the home either by lease or by deed. If it was soley in your mother's name and ownership, then you may have rights in the property. If in doubt, consult a lawyer in your area. I changed your topic so that you may get more pertinent comments.

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  • How should I go about stripping my rights away from my daughter?

    I am a 22 year old with a 2 and a half year old daughter. She is my everything. I've grown to love her, but it has got to the point to where having a child is too much for me. Her father is in the picture. I just don't think I can honestly be a mo...

    Arnold’s Answer

    You should consult with a family or child custody lawyer in your area. You might also be wise to consult with a psycho therapist. You are contemplating a very big decision.

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  • Does an adult child, that has been left out of a parent's Will, have any legal rights to an inheritance.

    A sibling of mine has been sabotaging my relationship with my mother for years, I believe in addition to being jealous of my accomplishments, the sibling is after my Mother's inheritance. My Mother seems to be showing some signs of dementia but n...

    Arnold’s Answer

    Parents are not obligated to leave anything to their children by their Wills. However, a Will may be contested if the testator or testatrix was incompetent to make a Will or did so under undue influence or if the Will was procured by fraud.

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  • Is the amount of assets and/or cash inherited from a probated will public information?

    After inheriting substantial money from my maternal grandmother via a probated will, I am concerned as to whether or not my father will be able to access that info from public records.

    Arnold’s Answer

    In addition to the comments of the first two lawyers, you can go to the probate court and look at the file yourself. If there is sensitive information that should not be made public, you may engage a lawyer to assist you in filing a motion to put that information under seal so that it is not open to the public. In many places the inventory and accounting is waived by the Will and only made available to heirs.

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  • Need advice on how to deal with six siblings on settling my mother's estate

    I've lived with my mom for 10 years she passed away two months ago everything is supposed to be sold off and split 7 Ways but I am still living in her house

    Arnold’s Answer

    Mr. Zelinger gave you his customary sound suggestions. There is much information needed that you did not recite. You sorely need to consult a probate lawyer practicing in the state in which your Mother resided at the time of her death.

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  • How can I collect Judgment from an estate?

    I payed off a home i was purchasing and EXECUTIVE of the estate would not give me my deeds . They wanted more money. Went to a lawyer and he found Laws that seller was supposed to follow and failed to do so during the selling process ...long sto...

    Arnold’s Answer

    If I understand your comments correctly, you engaged a lawyer who helped you to obtain a judgment for $300,000. If so, you should be working with that lawyer to collect the judgment.

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  • In Arizonia do you have to wait four months to see if someone contests the trust before the assets can be dispersed.

    We have an attorney in az handling the will. there is a executor but im trying to understand the paperwork and it said that the benefeciarys have 4 months to contest the will. therefore does that mean that money can not be dispersed until then

    Arnold’s Answer

    A Will and a trust are two different entities even though a trust may be establish within a Will. A trust may also be established by a separate document independently of the Will. The rules for contesting them may be different. Consults an estate planning lawyer to understand the differences and procedures applicable to each.

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  • Are my adult siblings and I entitled to any of my deceased father estate?

    My Father passed away 4 years ago. He was married at the time to my step mother. Both my father and step mother have adults children. My Father did not leave a will. When he passed my stepmother did not transfer any of their assets to herself....

    Arnold’s Answer

    You should consult a probate lawyer in the state in which they resided at the time of their deaths. If there are significant assets, then probating both estates may prove to be worthwhile.

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  • Would it be illegal for a police officer to arrest me for having swear words on a shirt?

    I just bought an offensive shirt that will definitely draw attention,I want to make sure it is legal

    Arnold’s Answer

    Mr. Rafter gave you a good answer. Missing is the reason why you want to offend others. If you do not have a good reason and that it serves no purpose other than to attract attention by offending others, then you should question your own actions and motives and recognize that you will earn the disrespect of others.

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  • My Niece Says she has a will that she says my mother made

    My Nice says she has a will my mother made but she will not show the will To me my mother died 4 years ago her will or Estate Has never been put in Probate I check with the court house and the will was never filed I live in another State

    Arnold’s Answer

    The Will is not effective until admitted to probate administration by the applicable Probate Court.. You should contact a probate lawyer in the county in which your mother resided at the time of her death if there are, or may be, assets owned by your mother at the time of her death. You might proceed to administer the estate.

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