My dad died without placing bank account into trust set up by both parents.$335K
He died B4 collecting inheritance.$230K
Mom went to attorney who has done work in past & he says these must be probated but did not offer her option (do it yourself or with paralegal) nor did he reveal his fees.
The lawyer checked authorization to administer under the independent administration of estate act.
Has he made himself administrator and if so is he entitled to those fees also?
Why doesn't this $ revert to spouse and why is inheritance probated after going through probate once before?I need to expand on my original question. Prior to his death my mom had the attorney update the living trust so as to include the bank account. My mom AND the attorney went to the hospital with the revised trust but my dad who was ill and confused refused to sign it. No later attempts were made to get my dad's signature nor explain what the papers were and their importance to his family. Within a month my dad passed and so for want of his signature this account has now been probated as has his inheiritance. Wasn't the lawyer obligated to return to the hospital if he was representing my mom and get the revised trust signed? Or if my dad were too ill and confused why didn't the attorney recommend a doctor declare my father incomptent to see to his affairs and power of attorney transfer to my mom? I want to add that my parents were married for 58 years and there are no ex wives or step siblings.