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Hello: my sister and I inherited my mothers property in az.,

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Hello: my sister and I inherited my mother's property in az., went to the court with will, and were appointed co-representitives...listed the property for sold and it is going into escrow. The title co. says that the check with be issued to the estate of my mom. In the mean time my sister has a lawyer in az.(she lives in canada, but has property in utah), that has proposed that we can have the check sent to him and he can allocate each of us our equal do I go about making sure I get my 50 percent? There is alot more to story, but would like to start here.


Thanks for your question and good afternoon.

The estate should have an estate account here.The account should be opened under both of your names using an EIN number.You should have an EIN number here it takes the place of the deceased person's social security number.

The Title Company is likely going to need this.By depositing funds in an estate account any creditor claims or expenses that appear concerning the estate can be paid prior to distribution.This is the normal way a probate is handled so that there is record of all funds paid into the estate and then paid out.


You apply for EIN number online

This is the means to have protection of the probate court sholdl any disputes arise and also if any creditors or expenses, taxes, come do here.

Please let me know if you have follow up.I am not sure that this is what you expected here but this is the normal process when probate is involved.Such an account would allow you to deposit estate funds.Any other checks would go here.There would likely be a small death benefit from social security and any other refunds, etc.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Here's where it kind of gets to be my concern...a month before my mom put me as cosigner on her checking acct.(to be used for her living expenses) and had already had her property sold by owner(her) and was moving to my house in calif. for az., for her final days. Her sale fell through, after she passed I used her checking acct.(with me as a co owner of acct) to pay for all repairs on the property got it fixed up, rented it for 6 months then my sister got an attorney and wanted me to sell , I said no problem..lets sell. Whats next? We did open an account in az., my sister closed it..not sure what she is up to and how do I protect my self. Can I take all of the repairs that were done (with co-signer acct with mom) out of the final property sale check.?

Well if you want the expenses paid for then yes you would take them out of the estate proceeds.But you are going to need to reach agreement here on resolving these issues.It really bothers me that there has been no estate account here with an EIN number.I am wondering if the title company would require this.

The normal procedure would be such account with the funds going there.If it is going to be an estate check you are going to need an estate account with an EIN number to deposit ir.That is why the title company is wanting to make it out to the estate so everybody is protected.

There are going to be some issues here that either you work out ahead of time or you are going to need your own lawyer.Certainly if her lawyer here is the estate lawyer you need to ask some questions.Is there an estate account , an EIN number, etc.I mean as co personal representative you should have equal involvement.

There are several things here that do not appear normal as I have set out above.Contact the lawyer, ask questions, and if you don't like the answers you may need your own lawyer.I hope you can resolve this but it sounds like she sees this as a 50-50 split without expenses taken off the top.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

okay. lastly, i am wondering IF I did use the disbursement to her lawyer (which after talking with you I'm fairly certain I won't) but just to humor me...

Are there differences with respect to the taxation on the monies from the sale of the home if the profits went into a "EIN Estate" verse a standard, you get a check I get a check thing?

No there would be no difference here.The problem I see with the lawyer here is the 50-50% split without getting you repaid for your expenses here.The expenses ought to come off the top prior to disbursement.I am not sure what the lawyer would do if htere was such a dispute.I would contact him here and ask questions and see what answers you get.

You will know whether you have a problem here or not.It doesn't hurt you to ask questions about the expenses and repayment of them to you prior to a 50-50 split of the remainder.Ideally you and your sister here should sign some kind of agreement about the split of the proceeds.You will now pretty quick once you talk to the lawyer whether this is going to be disputed.For that matter the lawyer may not know about the expeses you need reimbursed.

I hope you can resolve all of this.I know that this has been very frustrating for you.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

O.K final question; the checking account of my mom's (I was co-signer on that ) I used to pay all the expenses including sisters, moms moving, and my travel & split the remaining balance with my sister (I am really not sure why I did it, but probably caught up in the situation of mom), can I actually use what was my mom's money, with me on the account, to deduct from the 50/50 split from her property,

If this a joint account you would have joint access to the funds .I would discuss it with the lawyer and sister and try to reach agreement on that issue.You have leverage since you are on the account and recourse if necessary to get reimbursed.It is reasonable that you get reimbursed here one way or the other.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Ok , Yes it was a joint account...I will bring that up with her attorney. Again thank you and if your have any key info. I should use/apply or say to her atty. on Mon. when I talk to him plz let me know. Dianne

Just don't be intemidated here as an heir you have equal rights to your fair share.Good luck and thanks for letting me help.
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