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- The Top Troubles with “DIY” Wills
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34 Questions Answered
- Q. My sister died and before her estate could be probated to her son, my nephew, he died.
- A: You are required to have an attorney to probate the will and to become the executor. Your probate attorney should be able to easily help you with this. The probate attorney will probably advise you to send the criminal attorney a "permissive creditor notice." Then, even if the criminal law attorney responds correctly to the permissive notice, you will likely reject the claim. The claim may have defects (as you stated). In the meantime, I wouldn't talk with the criminal attorney. It's best to let your probate attorney try to eliminate the creditor claim (which we're pretty good at!).
- Q. Dad and I had a joint checking account. He passed away recently. Is that account property of the estate?
- A: No, not if you were "joint tenants with right of survivorship" on the account. You can ask the bank, and they should tell you. If you're not, then the account probably belongs to the Estate.
- Q. Do I need a prenup if I am in a 12 year relationship with no plans on getting married in the near future?
- A: YES! You should have at least a basic will. In all wills we prepare at our law office, we put in a little clause about marital status. This one sentence could save your heirs lots of expense and hassle. You should also consider a cohabitation agreement. Also, I notice you're in PA. I'm a Texas lawyer, so my answer is based on Texas Law. You may want to ask some PA attorneys if you're in PA.
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