Probate is the legal process to determine the validity of a will and resolve and disputes over a will. Learn more here in the articles, columns, blog posts, radio shows and videos about the probate process.
When you get a timeshare inheritance you're responsible for property taxes and maintenance as if it were real property. Even if you don't want the timeshare, you're responsible for property taxes and maintenance until you can sell the timeshare. To determine what to do with the timeshare you may want to contact a real estate attorney.
When your spouse dies with credit card debt, is it your responsibility to pay it off? It depends on whether the person who died had an estate with money to pay off the credit cards. If the deceased did not have an estate to pay off the debt it may fall to the spouse, depending on whose name was on the credit cards.
When you lose your spouse and your spouse did not have a will it may make transferring assets such as a home confusing. Estates without a will have to go through probate, which can take some time. Learn how to clear up the ownership of a home and provide your children with clear legal ownership if something should happen to you.
A home buyer is determined to purchase a specific home that is in probate and foreclosure. With all of the real estate on the market, this home buyer shouldn't be so stuck on buying a foreclosure home with so many problems. However, the lender might be able to work with the home buyer and homeowner to allow for a short sale and release the balance of the debt that is owed.
Estate planning is crucial to ensuring your family's safety upon the death of a family member. When you live in a home but your name is not on the home's title you risk losing that home if the people who are on the title decide to ask you to move out. When property is co-owned with family members, it's important to structure property ownership in a way that protects you in case they pass away.
Is a quit claim deed is the right answer for ensuring that beneficiaries avoid probate and that a home will ultimately go to your children? Quit-claim deeds often cause considerable problems for both the homeowner and the homeowners-to-be. A trust might be better for ensuring that inheritance avoids probate. Consult an estate planning attorney to learn about inheritance options.
When a family member wants to bequest property to another family member you need to do estate planning. If the property owner has liens against her property, that is she owes money to creditors who want to be paid when the property is sold, then the new property owner may be liable for those debts. Rather than transferring the property through probate, it's better to sell the property ahead of time and take care of the liens now.
Do you have an estate plan? You do, whether you intended to or not. If you haven't made out a will or a trust, you have a plan--unfortunately, one that is defined by the laws of the state where you reside at your death. Don't let the state decide important matters like who gets guardianship of your children. Put together an estate plan that includes a will, powers of attorney for health care and financial matters and possibly a trust.
How can you find the selling price for a home? In most cases, when a property is listed for sale through a real estate broker or salesperson, the sales information is entered into the multiple listing service (MLS) for future use. The sales price may also be found on the Internet or the county recorder of deeds.
Before you buy your home, you should think about how to protect it. Purchasing adequate homeowner's insurance is one way to protect your home, but you should also think about how you're going to hold title to your new home.