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Buys home jointly with friend,, in 1970. Both are single. In

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Bruce buys home jointly with friend, Jim, in 1970. Both are single. In 1980, Bruce buys Jim out, but never records the transaction or changes the deed. 2015, Bruce (still single) passes away, leaving no will and is survived by his father, James. Jim agrees to sign a quit claim deed relinqishing his claim to the Bruce estate property. How does James proceed?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  N Cal Attorney replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for your question.

Has anyone yet filed a probate case on the Estate of Bruce?

Is James the only living relative of Bruce?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Probate to be filed once James figures how to handle the deed. Father and 3 brothers surviving.
Expert:  N Cal Attorney replied 11 months ago.

The father is the sole intestate heir, see

http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=11.04.015

so he would normally be the one to file a probate case and to ask for appointment as Administrator of the Estate,

As administrator, his job includes collecting all assets of the Estate so he would get the quitclaim deed filed in the probate case, possibly as an Exhibit to his first account stating that the Estate owns 100% of the property.

He can get a free consultation from some of the probate attorneys listed by location here.

I hope this information is helpful.

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