estate planning

Must a trustee transfer the title of a home he inherited (currently in a Trust) before selling it?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: My friends brother was “willed” a home from his Father. His Father setup an irrevocable trust to handle his assets after death. My friends brother kept this property within the trust for almost 24 months, expensing taxes, repairs and other items as trust expenses, then sold the house directly from the trust and is now claiming 100% of the proceeds of the sale of the house. In other words, he charged the trust $20k

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How do I make the Trustee of my irrevocable Trust make good on an addendum that was written into the Trust?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The trust states at ages 21, 25, and 35, I could withdrawal certain percentages of the principal for family needs.  At age 25 instead of taking 33% of 1.4 million, I agreed to purchase a home, go on vacation, and buy my now wife wedding ring. In the addendum, it states if I would like to purchase the home that I’m living in now I can have the opportunity to do so for $100,000. 

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How do I get power of attorney and what is the average cost?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: My mother has Parkinson and dementia. She was recently hospitalized and is currently in a rehab center. I have always paid her bills and taken care of her even before the dementia. I am trying to get her help but I’ve come with the stumbling block (I don’t have P of A). I need to get this done but I first need to know the average cost. ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU: If your mother

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Can I correct my name in a living trust?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: My mother had a living trust made in 2002. The account who did the living trust had passed away in 2014. My mother passed away in Oct.2017. He put my name as Maria. My name is Marie. ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU: The revocable trust because irrevocable upon your mother’s passing.  There is no changing it now. A one letter difference in a name is not a fatal error.  It is called a scrivnor’s error. 

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Can a Will be written to say that a home is left to remaining siblings but if they die their share goes back to the others?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: My husband owns his family home (he does not live there). His brother lives there. He wants to put in his Will that the house is left to his seven brothers and sisters. He wants this house to remain in the family. He does not want any spouse or dependents to get this property. It’s like the last one standing will get the house. Is there any legal way to address this in a

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Stepmother did a lady bird deed to her son and cut us right out of the will . 2 weeks after fathers death

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: My dad passed away in 2014 . He had a will and stepmom had a will both basic mirror wills . My dad actually gave me copies of both and it named me executor in both of there wills . Before my dads death he called me up very upset he lived in Florida said I’m going to my bank and changing you to beneficiary . He said stepmom and stepson are aggravating him

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How does a living trust work?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I spoke to an elder care attorney about my mother going into a nursing home. I told him I have POA, healthcare surrogate and Will with me as executor. I had concerns about my mother’s home. My sister has been caring for her in our mother’s home for 4 years. She has Alzheimer’s and it’s time for her to be in a nursing home. He advised me what paperwork to get together and that

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During divorce proceedings, can a person who was placed as an executor of real property use or sell that property?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Land was purchased during the marriage and put into a trust for the children. The wife was placed as the executor. They are now divorcing and the husband is concerned that the wife will sell the property, in part or in whole, to fund her part of the divorce. ATTORNEY ANSWER BY MARGARET L. CROSS-BELIVEAU: Wife was named as a Trustee of a trust.  As a trustee, she has fiduciary responsibilities to follow the

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If I find out 25 years later I have a daughter?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I was just contacted by a old girlfriend that her 25years old daughter is mine. I will be willing to take a dna, but I have all kinds of worries, I’m married and have other children, if she is my daughter what it the law states I have to give to her. Can actually take a legal matter for depriving me with my parental rights.  what can they possible want after 25 years.? ATTORNEY

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What constitutes elder abuse?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Our mother is 89 years old and relatively good health. My dad passed away 2/2016 and my older sister moved home due to losing her job. She now takes care of my mom although my mom is in assisted living. She has said to my mom “spend all your money” My dad left her with 3 million dollars that he worked extremely hard for. My mom is spending the money like crazy. Trips ,

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