My Mother is 85 yrs. old,Dad passed about 17 months ago, she has a checking with about 40,000.00 dollars in it, I am on the account with her since Dad's passing. Mom has no others assets, i.e. Car, home. She lives in an apartment with older furniture pieces, no savings, cd's, or any other monies, just afore said checking. Her funeral is prepaid and she has a 2,500.00 life insurance policy, she has named. Me beneficiary. I am, by the way an only child.
It is usually better to have a Will, but many people in your mom's situation may choose to not have one. Generally speaking, a person in your situation would seem to inherit everything through the intestate laws of PA. Even though your mom may choose to not have a Will, it will still require the estate administrator to file paperwork with the court and to file inheritance taxes. You may want to have a lawyer help you through this process, I find my client's are thankful they used my office to take care of this for them because the attorney knows all the ins and outs of the process and can save you time and stress.
The information provided in the above answer is not legal advice, nor is it intended to be legal advice. It is general information that is incomplete and may not specifically apply to your particular circumstances, so you should not act upon it until discussing your situation with an attorney.
If she has significant assets and any chance of relatives who might be willing (no pun intended) to fight over them, then I'd suggest yes. It's usually better to be safe than sorry, especially in legal matters.
I'm having trouble understanding why she wouldn't have a Will. She doesn't have a complicated Estate. An attorney can draft a simple will and there wouldn't be any problems afterwards. She can also write her own Will in PA.
Call the local Bar Association and find someone.
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