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My mom has died in Camden County. How do I sell her house?

Posted on Wed Aug 19, 2015, on Intestacy, Dying Without a Will

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My mother passed away in Camden County, New Jersey divorced, with four adult children, leaving no will. She only owned a house, but it has a mortgage taken out by her boyfriend. How do we sell the house?

When a person dies a resident of New Jersey without a will, they die “intestate.” New Jersey has a set of rules that dictate who has the right to Petition the Camden County Surrogate to be named the Administrator of an intestate estate. In your case, all four children have this right.

When should I distribute estate assets as administrator in Bucks County?

Posted on Tue Aug 18, 2015, on Estate Litigation

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: I am the administrator of my brother’s estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I have advertised the estate and paid all the valid creditors, but a neighbor of my brother has made a claim for $50,000 that I believe has no validity. Can I distribute the estate funds without paying him?

The quick answer is yes, but the right answer is that you should not.

As the executor, you are free to make “at risk” distributions. An “at risk” distribution is that may put your personal assets at risk. Your Bucks County Estate Administration Lawyer works hard to keep you out of trouble. If you ignore your brother’s neighbor, you could be putting yourself at risk.

How to fire an estate attorney in Atlantic County?

Posted on Fri Jun 5, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: I am a New Jersey resident serving as the Personal Representative of my mother’s Atlantic County, New Jersey estate. I hired a Atlantic County attorney to probate the estate and help me administer the estate, but I cannot get her to return my calls. What can I do?

We hear questions like these more often than you might think, especially from families who have never really required the services of a skilled attorney. Hiring a lawyer can be intimidating, and it’s especially hard to focus on day-to-day tasks when you’re also dealing with grief. However, customer service means everything in every industry, especially ours. It’s not enough to assume that your probate attorney’s going to do their job if they’re seemingly too busy to communicate with you.

Should I sign the Executor’s release in Lehigh County?

Posted on Wed Jun 3, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: The attorney handling my uncle’s Lehigh County estate mailed me a Receipt, Release, Refunding and Indemnification Agreement. There are no details about how much he spent or other expenses. If I sign this, do I waive my rights to ask any questions?

A Receipt, Release, Refunding and Indemnification Agreement is a probate tool that allows the executor to distribute estate funds to a beneficiary with the promise from the beneficiary to return the funds if it later turns out they were distributed in error. The same form can contain language that, if you sign, means that you agree to take the funds without an accounting and waive your rights to ask future questions.

Distributing Estate Assets Safely in Gloucester County, NJ

Posted on Fri Oct 3, 2014, on Probate and Estate Administration

Question: I am the executor of my mother’s estate in Gloucester County, New Jersey. How do I know when it’s safe to distribute the assets of an estate?

As the executor of an estate, that person is a fiduciary, and owes a duty to the beneficiaries. The executor also is the representative responsible to satisfy all valid estate debts prior to making distributions. Creditors include any taxes due, such as the mother’s final income tax return and the New Jersey Estate Tax return.

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