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My father died in April of this year. My sister the executor

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my father died in April of this year. My sister the executor refuses to file the will for administration and my brother is living there scott free. My dad left the property to all three of us equally. Can he live there indefinatly? I my shares in the house sold.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I have text messages from my sister, the executor stating that she wants nothing more to do with the estate and refuses to file for administration. the house in question is paid for 100 percent and there is about 30,000 cash in his checking account. His will states we split all of it equally. How do I make her file for admin? My brother is just basically squatting in the house rent/mortgage free.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
PS, He died residing in FLORIDA
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Estate Lawyer: AlexiaEsq., Managing Attorney replied 2 years ago
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Hi, my name is ***** ***** I thank you for your inquiry. I have been practicing Estate law for 19 years and look forward to assisting you.
With regard to your post:
"my father died in April of this year. ---- I am so sorry!
"My sister the executor refuses to file the will for administration --------- This means although invited to be the administrator of that estate, via your dad, she is not legally obligated to take on that onerous responsibility. And that means, you can file it and request to be appointed administrator by the court. Note that you can typically get a fee (if the estate is solvent) for handling that obligation.
"and my brother is living there scott free. ----- Once you become legally in charge, you can evict him or start charging him rent, payable to the Estate, until he moves or the house is sold, dad's debts paid, and any remaining proceeds distributed as per the will.
My dad left the property to all three of us equally. Can he live there indefinatly? ------- Sure, if no one makes him leave, or charges him rent.
" I my shares in the house sold. ------ What does this mean? You sold what to whom? That can hardly be done if the Estate owns the house.
I hope this helps! My goal is to provide you with excellent and accurate service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me "excellent" when you are done. I look forward to assisting you in the future, should you have legal questions. Be sure to start future posts with "To Alexia Esq., ONLY" if you want me to specifically answer it.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The original will is filed with the courts for safe keeping, not administration. I live in Texas. What do I file to ask to be the administrator or get this will into court?
Estate Lawyer: AlexiaEsq., Managing Attorney replied 2 years ago
You apply according to the procedures of the court of the county in which she resided. Each state/county can have its own procedures to allow a person to apply to be the "personal representative" or the "administratrix" which just means that there is no will-chosen executor stepping up, but you have the same duties. If logistically that would be inconvenient, you can hire an estate lawyer to assist. You are asking for letters testamentary that prove to others that you are handling the estate and can act on its behalf, including filing eviction on behalf of the estate, sending all notices, gathering all assets, gathering all just debts, selling assets to pay debts, keeping an accounting, paying estate taxes, then dispersing any net left after all bills are paid. It is an onerous task, particularly from a distance, so many people hire a lawyer - some lawyers will work piecemeal if you wish, only handling the parts you don't feel studied up on, or you can just have him do the whole thing. Of course, that costs, so you will want to possibly look around and find a reasonably priced lawyer depending on the size of the estate.
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