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We have been to the courthouse three times and they cannot find one of the deeds! We have spent hours there. They have him taxed for 128 acres but can only find one of the deeds for 53.75 acres. They suggested having it re surveyed, but we have really ran low on money. They suggested it may be in someone elses name so we checked that. We checked all names we knew to check. They then suggested hiring someone to do a title search. Would this work? Could we have an appraisal done from this? There are 4 more of us and our land is in another county. We agreed to have all appraised (except for my brother!). We have had ours appraised but cant get this appraised because of the question of how many acres there are. The acres that cant be found are acres Daddy inherited from his daddy.
Yes, Daddy had a simple will that stated everything be divided equally by 5. I am executrix of will.
No, I have not opened probate. I was told by attorney that because all daddy had was land and no money, if we could all agree, we wouldn't have to go through probate.
My brothers name was on daddys checking account as a signer, and a week before daddy died, while he was in the hospital, Gary decided to write himself two checks...$850 and $2300. Can we get this back?
I really want to know if we have any legal recourse on the timber that was cut while daddy was on his death bed! The timber money was never deposited into daddys account
When my daddy died, I immediately went to the lawyer that drew up the will. He is a judge now and referred me to another lawyer. I went to see him that day also. He said there was no need to open the estate because of the value of the estate as long as we agreed on the division of the land. We do still agree on the division of the land. It has been over 45 days. My daddy died March 21, 2013. Is it too late to probate? If not, can we do the small estate probate and still recover the timber money and checks, as long as we qualify for the small estate in every other way?
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