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My godmother died In April of 2015. She called me a

My godmother died In April of 2015. She called me a spiritual daughter. I knew her for approximately 25 years. Before she died, she ask me did I ever thought of owning my own house. I said no, but that it was not out of the question and if I could ever own a home I would love to have a house. She owned a house in Queens and went to lawyers before she died about her possessions. A good friend of hers told me that he took her to the lawyer and that she left me something in her will and that she had a great love for me. Before she died she told me that she was going to leave me 2 of her furs in a vault also. To date, I have nothing in writing not even a will. At her funeral her nephew confirmed to me about the furs, but I need a death certificate to get them. I spoke to her niece and she will not cooperate with me in getting a will or death certificate. I need a lawyer to look into this for me if possible. Her good friend does not remember what lawyer he took my godmother to. At this point, there are so many unanswered questions with regard to what she has left me and her family will not cooperate when I call them or text them. Please help. Thank you.

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With the excellent help I got here about the content of my

With the excellent help I got here about the content of my Georgia Last Will, I may not have paid enough attention to the legal format. My completed will is now signed, notarized and in the hands of my Personal Representative in another state. However, in looking it over and comparing it to my mother's will, I noticed the Will I prepared for myself does not have numbered pages, and my individual signature or initials are not on each individual page. Could this present any legal objections by heirs or the Probate Court in Georgia? The Will is also signed in black (not blue) ink..does that matter? If a situation occurs where my Executor changes his mind about being my PR, what is the charge for an attorney to be my PR...is that a flat fee, hourly, or percentage of the estate?

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Our executor is also a benefactor in the will, he gets an

our executor is also a benefactor in the will, he gets an even division of the remaining proceeds whenever he decides to divide. He is charging the estate 5% for all the monies that come in each month and the total amount of each check that he writes. Is this okay

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I am seperated from my husband but not a legal seperation. i

hi i am seperated from my husband but not a legal seperation. i have found out he has died and i need to know if i can see if he has any money in his account to bury him. i don't have the money to bury him, my name is ***** ***** his accounts and if i can go and get his belonging out of his apartment?

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My aunt passed way 2014. She did not have a will but had a

My aunt passed way 2014 . She did not have a will but had a surviving spouse my step uncle. Step uncle recently died and only one heir his son who is a stepchild to my aunt and a step cousin to us.her and my step uncle never had children between them. What rights do we have as blood kin to have a stake in my aunts home verses this step cousin who thinks he is entitled to all of the estate

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In Alabama do the adult children have any benefits if their

In Alabama do the adult children have any benefits if their father left no will? He and I were divorced after 25 years and he had re-married for about 30 years.

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My brother, Decedent, passed away Intestate in California,

My brother, Decedent, passed away Intestate in California, August 27, 2011. Four unexpected family emergencies in intervening years from 2011 on—result in untimely close of his probate, still in process. Per our estate attorney, Court requires Petition filed on August 8, 2016.On advice of estate attorney: two Co-Administrators were appointed for Decedent's Estate.Co-Administrator 1:Decedent's Surviving Spouse (she suffered major stroke Aug. 2012) --is foreign born—limited English speaking & writing ability.Co-Administrator 2:Decedent Sister (Myself) – due to above's health; (consent given). I performed ALL duties as Co-Administrator. (Paralegal in estate attorney office says 98% of work completed.)Estate attorney never informed me at onset if I could be appointed (sole) Administrator for my brother. This was my wish, for expediency and due to difficulty in dealing with his surviving spouse. She has done ZERO and has made this work twice as difficult and lengthy for me. Yet estate attorney felt free to designate me as Personal Representative for my brother's Estate without notifying me prior. That was not my choice as I felt it was more appropriate given to surviving spouse. I, alone, have dealt with his Estate taxes from 2011-2015.Due to recent family dispute, I am no longer in communication with Co-Administrator 1. This presents a HUGE problem as two signatures (both Co-Administrators) are required on the Petition to close out Decedent Estate.1. Was it possible for me to be appointed as sole Administrator for my brother's estate—given the above circumstances. I could not locate any legal references for answer. Two Co-administrators has resulted in undue delay and difficulty in closing out his Estate. Could this nightmare situation have been avoided.2. What happens if one Co-Administrator signs a Petition when there are two Co-Administrators for Decedent Estate (and the other Co-Administrator does not sign)? Can Co-administrator 1 be removed due to: ***** ***** performance, inability to do the work and Co-Administrator 2 then be appointed as Administrator of Decedent Estate to complete closure.3. What options exist to salvage this situation? Does this process start all over from the beginning with a court appointed administrator using what is completed to close out the estate. As 98% of the work is completed by me, (Co-Administrator 2), can I be appointed as sole Administrator for expediency due to untimely delay in close-out and all work completed is in order? Please advise. Thank you.

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Is the executor of a will required to notify heirs of

Is the executor of a will required to notify heirs of account of bank assets & appraisal of home of deceased before listing the home for sale?

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My sister from Illinois passed away last week intestate. The

My sister from Illinois passed away last week intestate. The only heirs are my 2 remaining sisters and one brother. We all live in separate states from Illinois. One sister was notified of the death and has proceeded with arrangements to have a cremation and burial. Apparently a death certificate can't be filed until we remaining siblings sign a form giving our permission for the cremation. We weren't informed of the death or plans made until 4 days afterward. If we sign this and the certificate is filed, what happens to the estate and how do we assign someone to formally and objectively settle the estate. I'm afraid that my sister has helped herself to personal property and possibly money from my deceased sister as she is staying at her house while the funeral home is awaiting our consent.

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