Hello. Can you advise please, as to why I have been sent the above form to sign, which is as follows.
I (my name filled in) acknowledge that I have received my distributive share of the estate in full. I have also received copies of the representatives inventory, accounting, and final report.
I approve the accounting and consent to the fees of the representative in the amount of... and the fees of the attorney for the probate estate in the amount of... as set forth in the accounting.
Q. Has this been done in the correct order?
Q should I sign this as I have not received anything ie inheritance cheque.
I received in the same envelope.Forms
CCP 1008. CCP 1011.
A FIRST AND FINAL ACCOUNT.
A covering letter explaining all those documents needed to close the estate. If in agreement, execute enclosed receipt and approval and return. A hearing has been set (date in May) in court. I will need to be in receipt of all executed receipts prior to that date, in order to close the estate at that time.
Please advise. Is this correct, should I be asked to/ sign before being in receipt of funds, and before the court hearing in May to close the estate .
Thank you for your help.
This is a relatively standard procedure for closing a probate estate in Cook County. Most estate attorneys will not send the checks out until the estate has been closed, and before it can be closed, receipts must be filed with the court.
In some cases, I have been wiling to provide a check if the beneficiary will come to my office in person to sign the receipt at the same time.
In Cook County that is just the way the form reads - which I understand is rather strange - since you have not yet received the money referred to on the form. If you have questions, then you should contact the attorney for the estate and ask him/her before you sign anything. If you still don't trust him or her, then you can hire your own attorney to "protect you" if you believe you need it. But, my firm also sends out those documents in advance of closing the estate or making final distributions, because without them to present to the judge, the estate can not be closed.
It is one of the "chicken or the egg" things that is a bit uncomfortable because it is not accurate.
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