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My grandma had said there was 1,000$ for the 7 of us. But my aunt is keeping it all. What do i do?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: My aunt is keeping all my grandma’s stuff and her 7,000$ life insurance from the rest of the family. My grandma said we each get 1,000$ from her. But my aunt is lying and keeping everything. What can I do? ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU: Life insurance is payable to the beneficiary listed on the policy. If you were listed as a beneficiary, the life insurance company would mail you a check. It is possible

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What is the least expensive way to open an estate in Florida, to purchase property froma New Mexico estate? Property in Lee Cty

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I am under contract to purchase real estate which is located in Lee County, Florida. The seller of said real estate is an estate of a man who passed away in the State of New Mexico. The estate was apparently ‘probated’ in New Mexico. So, the title company is telling me that I need to hire a lawyer and open a Florida Estate. There are two Co-Personal Representatives of the New Mexico Estate. They

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Can the executor of someone’s estate help them change their will?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: It is my uncles will. My mother is his sister. Initially my uncle put me and my 2 sisters on his will to inherit everything. Recently he has become very ill and we found out we were removed and now everything will go to my mother. We have suspicion that she did this without asking him. So is it possible for her to do that? Someone who is in charge of the will to

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My name is on the deed not on the title. Do I own the house?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: My grandmother bought a house and put it in my name. However, the title is in her name. She is now deceased. Trying to figure out if the house is mine or if it passes on to her (adult) children if no will. ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU: The term title is synonymous with the deed.  Do you have an unrecorded deed so that the last one is not on record at the Registry of

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Does my brother have a right to sell my mother’s house?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: My mother is in a nursing home. Before that I was her caregiver. I am still her power of attorney. I still live in my childhood home and have started a family of my own. My brother just got out of prison and wants the house. He only lived in the house for one year and never paid even one bill. I used my retirement from a previous job to pay off the house

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Do any of you advise against using online template forms to create your own Will, Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Some of my colleagues have used these forms to create their own Will and Power of Attorney–not sure about Health Care Directive. As long as they are notarized, I assume these documents are considered as legal as those created by an Attorney–or am I mistaken? Are there cautionary tales you wish to share? Is there an online resource for these forms that you recommend? What range of costs should I expect if I complete

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