Do I have to go through probate to sell my deceased mom’s mobile home ?
I am trying to sell her home and was told by the realtor that I had to go through probate. I am in her will ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU: The realtor is correct. A will doesn’t avoid probate, it just directs where the deceased’s assets are to go after death during the probate process. Follow […]
Can I get a mortgage if I own property with my two sisters?
My sisters and I own 16 acres in Pennsylvania that was willed to us by our grandfather. I am the majority owner holding 65%. I am currently living in a trailer on the property and pay 100% of the property taxes. The trailer is not in great shape and I am looking to purchase a […]
How do I change beneficiary?
My bank account is a living trust. and my only asset. It is under $70,000. I am the trustee. I have a corresponding will. How do I change beneficiaries? ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU: You can amend your trust to change the beneficiaries of your trust. The trust only controls assets held by the trust. Normally […]
Can I force my adult son to change is last name?
My son hasn’t talked or bothered with me in many years. I have granddaughter 6 years old who doesn’t even know who I am. He had another baby I never also met. He has no respect and is not blood anymore. I like to have him change his last name to his wife’s name. I […]
How do I stop credit card companies from seeking payment from my wife after I die?
I am older than my wife and I have substantial credit card debt that I don’t want her to be responsible for after I am gone. ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU: Unless your wife agrees to is, she is not responsible for your debts, only your estate is. So put all of your property in her […]
How to ensure family rental stays with the siblings?
My siblings and I were bequeathed a summer cottage in Rhode Island when our father passed away. While we technically own the structure, we rent the property (to use from May to October). As per the campground owner’s stipulation, only one sibling’s name can be on the lease. This makes us nervous, since if that […]
Can one parent legal withhold information regarding assets from the other parent after the death of a child?
I have been divorced from my ex-spouse for over 10 years. Recently, our emancipated child (not married, no children) died in a motor vehicle accident. My understanding is that, in this situation, each parent is entitled to receive 50% of the estate. I’m trying to get my ex-spouse to cooperate in generating an estate inventory. […]
Do I inherit under my grandmother’s will if my mother passed away before her?
The will states my two aunts by name and two uncles by name and follows it up with this wording exactly if they survive me by 30 days but however if any child of mine does not survive me I give the share such deceased child would have taken had he or she survived me […]
In a MA nominee trust, does “a majority of voting interest of the Beneficiaries” equal the beneficiary interest percentage?
Under “Powers of Trustees” in a MA nominee trust agreement is the following: “When, as, if and to the extent specifically directed by a majority of the voting interest of the Beneficiaries, the Trustees shall have the following powers: * to buy, sell, convey, assign, mortgage or otherwise dispose of all or any part of […]
If family trust is in place can a home be sold with out the approval of the designated trustees?
Family trust in place with my husband and brother in law as trustees. Recently made aware brother in law has home for sale( both parents alive live in home and very elderly one disabled and unable To communicate) and planning on using proceeds to buy himself a home and “move parents in with him”. My […]