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Is an executor for a Chester County estate liable for damages?

Posted on Fri Sep 4, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My mother named me executor, but I don’t get along so well with my brother and I am afraid he will sue me. Can I be personally liable as the executor?

The executor is a fiduciary, owning a duty of care to the beneficiaries. If your brother is an heir, he has the right to review all actions you have taken as executor and, if he feels any action you took reduced his inheritance, as the judge to surcharge you (fine you) so he receives the correct inheritance.

In many ways, being executor is a thankless task.

How is the probate attorney paid in Montgomery County?

Posted on Thu Sep 3, 2015, on Fees

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 in Montgomery County?

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.

What if we never find my father’s will in Delaware County?

Posted on Tue Sep 1, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My father became ill the year before his death. I think that in the confusion his Will was thrown away. What if we can never find my father’s Will?

If you can locate a copy of the will, and if it can be shown that your father did not wish for it to be revoked, then the copy might be accepted. If you cannot even find a copy of the Will, then your father will be deemed to have died without a Will, and his estate can be opened with the Register of Wills as an Administration.

What do I do if the wrong county is written on my mother’s Death Certificate?

Posted on Mon Aug 31, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My mother became ill and came to my house in Bucks County. Two weeks later, she died. In the rush to get things done, I didn’t notice that the funeral director mistakenly put Bucks County as her residence rather than Collier County, Florida. Her will gives everything to me, does it matter if I file the will in Bucks County? How do I correct the death certificate?

The county listed on the death certificate does matter, as the Register of Wills of Bucks County and the Surrogate in Collier County will use the death certificate as proof of what County your mother resided in at death. This matters to you because if she was a resident of Collier County, Florida, there is no Inheritance Tax.

Do my stepchildren inherit any of my wife’s assets in Philadelphia?

Posted on Fri Aug 21, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My wife passed recently. We own a house together in Philadelphia in both names. She died with no other assets aside from our joint checking account. We have three children from our marriage and she has three children from her prior marriage. Does her half of the house go to my stepchildren?

First, Pennsylvania has no requirement that you leave your children any portion of your estate. So if your wife had a will, she could leave her entire estate to you and the children would have no claim. Assets can also be left at death by contract.

As executor of my uncle’s estate, what do I do with his mountain of gay porn?

Posted on Wed Aug 19, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: I was surprised to learn that my uncle named me executor of his estate, but now I think I know why. My uncle was a private guy. In opening up a storage locker he had rented, I found what I could only describe as a mountain of gay porn. My uncle was a single man who never came out. I think he knew that I would handle this discovery discreetly, as his sisters are very homophobic. If they knew about this locker they would be really upset. I was going to just dump the locker contents, but a friend told me that this stuff might be worth as much as $20,000. As executor of my uncle’s estate, what do I do with his mountain of gay porn?

As executor, you have a duty to gather together estate assets for the beneficiaries. The porn you found is an asset, which might be worth a substantial amount. If you dump it into the trash and the beneficiaries find out and complain, you could then be found responsible for a ,000 loss, be “surcharged,” and have to put your own money into the estate.

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.

How do I get reimbursed for care I provided my mother while she lived with me?

Posted on Tue Aug 18, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: Before she died, my mother lived in my Philadelphia home and required around-the-clock care, which I provided. My brother and sister did not even visit. Now that she has died, her estate is being divided up between us and my siblings refuse to compensate me for all the work I did caring for our mom. Can I make a claim to be paid?

Your mother’s estate is to be divided up between the heirs as her will dictates, or through the rules of intestacy if she had no will. Prior to the division of the assets, all creditors will be paid. If you have no agreement showing that you were doing the work for a fee, it will be difficult to prove that you are a creditor.

Does the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax include my mother’s antiques?

Posted on Thu Aug 13, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: Does the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax include my mother’s antiques?

If your mother died a Pennsylvania resident, then the estate must pay the Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax on the fair market value of all of her taxable assets, including her antiques.

If these antiques are passing to you, the tax rate will be 4.5%, due within nine months of her death.

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