I live in Washington DC. My aunt passed in November 2015, I became her caregiver in 2013. We originally had simply a will, a DNR and a power of attorney (all created in 2006, I'll check to make sure of the date), upon the retirement of her lawyer...we/she got new representation. This was in 2013, we knew things were getting serious and wanted to make sure all of our ducks were in a row. Marie (my aunt) had questions about her home, she wanted to stay in it, and at the time she wanted to sell me the house of a dollar or put my name on the deed, so she wouldn't lose her home and I would have a home. The new lawyers, convinced her/us that these were not good ideas, that instead we should create a trust, it would be easier, but more costly and probate
would be avoided. Again, she passed in Novemeber...I contacted the lawyers, their intern looked at the trust, and immediately saw a problem...the deed was not included. One of their lawyers forgot to include a copy of it when creating the documents, they apologized for the error and said he had been let go from the firm...but unfortunately for me, I now had to apply(?) for probate. What we tried to avoid, I am now in. I've read the trust and had no idea that it needed a physical representation of the deed, and of course my aunt didn't either. I am moving forward with probate, but this feels so unfair. And I feel stupid. Is this my only option, is the intent of the document, prepared by my clearly (on that day anyway) incompetent law firm not taken in to account, can't this just be fixed?