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How to Challenge a Will Based on Forgery?

Posted on Mon Aug 15, 2016, on Will Contests and Will Challenges

From Our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My sister died recently in Montgomery County, PA, and her boyfriend is filing a forged will. Can I bring a will challenge? “My sister died and her boyfriend is filing a forged Will that gives him everything. The Will she wrote several years ago gives her money to her daughter. Her daughter is hesitant bring a Will challenge. Can I file the Will challenge for her?”

Should I consider an ILIT? What are the benefits?

Posted on Tue Dec 15, 2015, on Estate Planning

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My wife’s and my estates are worth about $3,000,000, including a one million dollar life insurance policy on my life. At my death, my wife will receive the benefits from that policy. Upon both of our deaths, our assets pass to my son. Now that the federal estate taxexemption is over five million dollars, does an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust provide me any benefit?

How to Pursue a Montgomery County Will Contest?

Posted on Tue Nov 17, 2015, on Will Contests and Will Challenges

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: After reading the information on your site, I believe my brother used undue influence to get my father to change his will. If I decide to challenge the will, where will the trial be held? How long will the process take?

Will contests are heard by the judges in the Montgomery County Orphans’ Court. The Montgomery County Orphans’ Court is located in Norristown. In many cases, will contest challenges settle before a trial. If the case settles, the parties could agree to terms in a matter of weeks, months or it could be on the courthouse steps minutes before trial.

Can I contest charges the executor has paid from the estate?

Posted on Wed Oct 7, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My uncle left my brother and I each half of his estate, which included all his personal property. I found out that the executor gave much of the personal property to a non-heir. The executor is now listing as an estate expense the transportation costs and storage fees to get the property to this other person. Can I object to those charges?

Pennsylvania Executors are given a great deal of flexibility to manage the estate with little oversight, which in general saves estates money. When the executor behaves badly, though, the probate system is not alerted.

As an heir of the estate, you are given power which counters the Executor’s power.

How is the probate attorney paid?

Posted on Thu Sep 3, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: I am named the executor of my father’s estate, but know nothing about the probate process nor do I have the time. I want to hire a probate attorney to help me, but how is the probate attorney paid?

As executor you have the right to use estate funds to hire professionals to assist you. Typically, you will hire an attorney to assist with the probate process, the transfer of assets and making sure you are released from liability. Typically, you may also hire an accountant, a realtor and a financial advisor.

Can my mother intentionally disinherit me?

Posted on Thu Sep 3, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My mom died a resident of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and named her girlfriend as beneficiary of her life insurance policy and pension. I was listed as a secondary beneficiary. Can my mother give her life insurance and pension to her girlfriend instead of her children?

In Pennsylvania there is no requirement that a mother leave her children any part of her probate estate. There is also no requirement that your mother had to leave her life insurance to a child. Pensions may have their own sets of rules about where the pension benefits have to pass at death, but these rules usually protect a surviving spouse, not children.

Does signing an executor’s release in Montgomery County waive my right to ask questions?

Posted on Mon Aug 10, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: The lawyer serving as the executor for my mom’s Montgomery County estate has sent me documents called an Informal Account and a Receipt, Release, Refunding and Indemnification Agreement. If I sign this, do I waive my rights to ask any questions?

As a beneficiary of your mom’s estate, you have the legal right to have a Probate Attorney ask the executor to file an accounting with the Montgomery County Orphans’ Court. But, the cost of compiling the accounting will be paid out of estate funds. Which will reduce the pool available for distribution to the estate’s beneficiaries.

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