I read online that we could possibly take care of transferring the title of the house on our own by contacting the tax office and seeing what they would want for documentation. Is this true? And if I were able to do this, could I settle the rest of the estate through the small estate process, which would be less than the $30k.
Also, does it make any difference how long ago the person died? My grandfather died in Sept of 2011 and my grandmother in July 2012. Neither had a will and none of their children has stepped up to get this taken care of. I would like to help make this as painless a process as I can for someone to get this wrapped up. Also none of the children, nor myself live in NY, so this is also a problem to do things long distance.
We have been paying the taxes and insurance on the house, so that is not an issue. We have had a hard time finding a lawyer that is willing to help us, this is why I was trying to do what I could. I know that I will not inherent anything. I'm doing this to help my mother and because it is the right thing to do. I will try reaching out to some lawyers there. There really isn't much to the estate, other than the house. Bank accounts only hold a couple thousand dollars, and I'm not sure about the stocks. They really just need closure. I don't know where you are located, but if you have any lawyers to recommend, that would be great. The house is in Mayfield, NY which is in Fulton County.
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