Recent Free Legal Questions answered by
Richard Bryan


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I am looking for a counselor for a very specific administrative function concerning the federal...
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Better to ask your question and see if anyone responds. more

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My stepson is the sole beneficiary of a trust left to him by his mother (who is deceased). The...
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Has a matrimonial action been started yet? Your stepson needs to sit face to face with a lawyer who... more

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How can we prevent companies in a different parallel industry from providing services that we...
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This question is much too involved to answer in an email forum on a free message board.Your... more

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My son and his x who does not work have 1 child together my son bought a house put her name on deed...
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I don't understand: your son bought a house after they were divorced and nevertheless put his... more

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I inherited money from a trust 3 years ago and placed it in a bank account in my name only. We have...
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You should see an attorney to have a trust setup for the benefit of your children so the money is... more

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A dissolved company has not file taxes for over 10 yrs and now they want to file. What could be the...
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First you have to get the company reinstated with the NY Department of State. This takes a lot of... more

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"My mother had life insurance-my father being beneficiary. When my mother passed away, the...
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Judicial settlement of this estate isn't required; you don't need to file any papers at all, except... more

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If I put my home in Life Use and one of the people I put on the deed goes Bankrupt , can I loose my...
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I'm not sure what "put my home in Life Use" means. I think you need to see a local lawyer... more

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My 38 year old son passed away. He did not have a will. . I held the mortgage to his home in New...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your son. This question is too complicated to answer by... more

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my name is tom and im 58 and worked off the books as an auto technician for a boss that used my...
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Find another job. more

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I filed Chpt 7 in Sept 2012. Thought house was Reaffirmed but in fact was not (lawyer died during...
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This question and your situation are too complicated to answer by email. Good luck, I hope... more

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We have prepared durable general power of attorney forms for both my husband and me I took the form...
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You are correct to question whether a form you got off the internet and prepared yourself will hold... more

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RE: payment Agreement I have a payment agreement in place with my HDFC which I am a shareholder I...
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It's possible, yes. That's a long way down the road, and it's not easy at all to evict someone. It... more

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I own a commercial property which I plan to advertise for rental without an agent. If a prospective...
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Everything in life is negotiable. more

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I'm in NY and starting to do freelance web/graphic design. I would like to use my first and middle...
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No. Don't worry about stuff like this until you start making money. Until then nobody cares. Just... more

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how to change c of o on deed. Conversion was legally done. DOB has change but deed does not reflect...
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There's no need. When you sell the house the title company will want the certificate of occupancy... more

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My mother had life insurance-my father being beneficiary. When my mother passed away, the life...
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Include the interest on your personal returns. more

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Must an attorney fee disclosure form be signed upon the set up of the life estate trust? When the...
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A lawyer's retainer agreement or "fee disclosure form," as you call it, is required where... more

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Can I ask for time to sell home and avoid foreclosure for non-payment of property tax on June 15?
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The foreclosure process takes a long time. It doesn't happen on June 16 if you don't pay your taxes... more

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My will leaves everything I have to be divided between my brother and sister. My brother died...
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You don’t have to change your will. more

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What court do I go to start a "Turnover proceeding"?
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Surrogate's Court. more

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My mother died recently, leaving only a joint checking account (I am the surviving joint tenant)...
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No you’re not responsible for mom’s debts. However if there’s enough money on the... more

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My father died in July leaving 6 surviving daughters and no spouse. How do I find a will? He has...
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Go through your father's papers and look for the will. And look through his checkbook for the last... more

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Is an affidavit of heirship recorded in New York along with the new deed from the heirs to the new...
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In my practice I've always let the title company handle these transfers, so I don't know the answer... more

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I run a small ad agency on Long Island, NY. We have approached local clients to sell them our ad...
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You say many times the cable company has "insinuated," "vaguely implied,"... more

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Can I buy a property without an abstract
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Yes more

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My parents had a fire in 1983, shortly after obtaining renters insurance. They went to court with...
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Did you write that correctly? The fire was in 1983, 35 years ago? Call the bar association in the... more

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My sister was the POA for my mother and I am the Executor. When my mother passed my sister took all...
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Your next step would be to go through a "turnover proceeding," which is where the court... more

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My aunt died Oct 2016. She named my Mom and her brother as beneficiaries of her house and...
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The executor of the estate is a "fiduciary," which means, sort of, the person responsible... more

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I am trying to transfer a house from a trust to an individual. It is in Brooklyn, NY. I really do...
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Unfortunately I don't see anyway you can get this done without a lawyer. Maybe you can find a... more

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Letter of signatory authorization for the applying entity I am opening an account with a crypto...
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This isn't a question I'd be willing to provide an answer for no fee. You're in business and there... more

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can I grant a life estate on my home if I still have a mortgage?
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What do you mean by "granting a life estate?" I'm not sure I follow. Typically mom or dad... more

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My brother in the Syracuse NY area is a co-trustee for our family estate, has invested all of the...
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I would file a Petition alleging breach of fiduciary duty and ask the court to order the fiduciary... more

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I sold my property on a land contract five years ago the buyers defaulted on contract now they are...
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If you are being sued then you don't really have an option: you have to hire a lawyer to protect... more

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I am moving to NY State and I will not arrive until the 15th of the month. The landlord wants to...
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No, you don't have any "rights" in this situation. more

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Received a Judgement left at my door ( not knowing)in 2014. I was working part time from having...
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That's a tough situation. Can you afford to pay the amount due out of the proceeds of selling your... more

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Does an affidavit of heirship allow for the transfer of real property from a deceased person to...
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The title company are the folks who will be issuing title insurance so they make all the rules in... more

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My 97 year old mother-in-law is considering going into an assisted living facility. Although she...
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This is a very complex area of the law and not one where you can expect to get free advice on the... more

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I have an apartment for rent in Westchester NY through a realtor. There is a no pet policy. The...
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I don't practice landlord-tenant law. I agree I think the realtor is making a mountain out of a... more

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When an individual passes on having left a house in a will, is he or she although deceased still...
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No. Everything a person owns at the time of their death is now owned by their estate. An estate is... more

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We own a second home (New York State) which we engaged in a written rent-to-own agreement with a...
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I would advise you to see another lawyer for a second opinion. more

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My aunt had a life estate. Her lawyer told me (the executor) that he would be cutting himself a...
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What is the lawyer saying the $20,000 legal fee is for? I don't understand from your question. How... more

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My mom passed away and I can't find the letter stating that I was the executor. Can I get a...
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It's unlikely a letter from your mother is going to have any legal significance with respect to... more

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I have been subpoenaed, I have been previously deposed as a witness in this case. I understand that...
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I think maybe there is a better section for you to post this question. This isn't really a question... more

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what can i do to an office that lied about being in network. I made an appointment to see a Dentist...
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In the US it's always a person's individual responsibility to check coverage with their insurance... more

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Does a P.O.A. have the authority to have a Lawyer draw up a "Will" leaving everything to...
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Of course not. No lawyer would do that anyway. more

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If a house is owned by a family trust, does a beneficiary of that trust have legal capacity to sue...
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The trustee is generally the only one who can bring an action to recover rents due from the use and... more

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I lived with a senior for 18 yrs. She is in a nursing home now. I am not listed on her bank...
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I don't know what a 'transfer account' is. Unfortunately 'verbal permission' to access her banking... more

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I am the executor of my Mother's estate, and my sister was the P.O.A. She closed out my Mother's...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mom. Go to the bank for the account statements;... more

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how can I get a USDA home loan in New York if I am not yet divorced and my name is on mortgage and...
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This isn’t really a legal question. You need to find a good mortgage broker who can prepare... more

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I am examining a 9 page POA which I suspect does not conform to the amendments to the New York...
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I say no; the Power of Attorney is not valid as the signatures of the principal and agent are not... more

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I'm forming a digital marketing consultancy and currently live in New York. I have my LLC formed in...
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This is a much more complicated question than it may seem, and definitely not one where you want to... more

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After selling a residential property in NYC in October we learned that we did not record the final...
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The lawyer at the title company is the only person who can give you an answer as to exactly what... more

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If I ask my landlord for a IAI, will my apartment still be stabilized after the increase?
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It's not my area of practice, however I'm rent stabilized myself and know those rules can be a... more

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I am a freelance web developer, and I have a client who is refusing to pay the second half of a...
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They have you over a barrel. Contracts are often worth only the paper they're printed on. Do the... more

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There are 5 people who will receive money from the sale of a CO-OP from our deceased parents, one...
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I'm not sure what a "release of funds contract" is. In any event, a judge can't force... more

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Can a POA agent set up a trust fund for a beneficiary?
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I assume you’re intending to transfer the Principal’s money into a trust for a 3rd... more

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Both my parents passed away last year. 9 months after my mom passed, i received a call from...
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Technically form 1041 has to be filed for the estate; the income tax return for the estate. However... more

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What are the legal procedures (options) on an estate in NY state if there are 7 beneficiaries and...
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Has someone in the family been appointed as Executor or Administrator already? I don't think so,... more

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Question - I live in NYS - if our attorney and ourselves were never presented with the Final...
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If you have a lawyer already working for you on this issue, you should go back to the lawyer and... more

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i have a 78 year old father with a home in PR. A younger woman is romancing him & wants to take...
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A lot depends on whether your father is of sound mind or whether he has any cognitive impairments.... more

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I am a freelancer in NY, I have an Sole proprietor LLC, which is my name, but it has a DBA, and I...
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Those are great very serious questions and the answers are more detailed than I'd be willing to... more

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Can a co-op board assess paying shareholders to cover the cost of non-paying shareholders?
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Yes. The mortgage and maintenance on the building have to be paid while the board deals with the... more

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I'm a temporary employee at a variety of law firms doing mainly clerical work. Some firms are very...
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I think that's more of an issue of the agreement you have with the people you work for. There's no... more

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My aunt died without a will. My mother was named beneficiary for her pension and named...
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I'm confused by your question. What do you mean your mother was "named administrator?"... more

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i was wondering if theres a conflict of interest with my sister who is the executor using my...
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Unless there are other factors involved that no, there is no conflict of interest and this is... more

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Pipe burst in building control room and flooded our basement, is owner/management responsible for...
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That's not my area of law practice. However if I were in your shoes I wouldn't rely on what the... more

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We have an Irrevocable trust with our 2 children as trustees. Last year the trust sold our house...
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Yes definitely. Think of an irrevocable trust as a separate tax payer somewhat like a corporation,... more

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My father recently died. He is survived by 7 adult children, no other survivors. There is no will....
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dad. Someone among your brothers and sisters has,... more

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Am I giving up my rights by signing this Waiver of citation renunciation and consent to appointment...
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Yes by signing the Waiver it's possible you're giving up important rights. There's no way for... more

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My mother died in 1969 and I need a lawyer to probate her estate as she died in testate.
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I can get that done for you. 212 979-2868 more

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I live in NY. Last fall a neighbor of mine bought a piece of vacant property behind my home. The...
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Of course you have a case. Did you go talk to the guy and tell him to come over and look at the... more

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for a durable power of attorney in new York state is it required to be notorized or can it be...
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Must be notarized. more

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If you foreclose can the lender take your IRA account for payment in NY?
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No. more

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is a POA valid in NY state if power is give to two siblings and one sibling has not signed the POA....
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If two persons were appointed as agents to act jointly on behalf of the principal than both must... more

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When I moved in, my landlord said there will be someone to clean the house once a week. She let...
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I think it's probably more of a Housing Court matter than a breach of contract claim. Good question... more

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NY illegal apartment, DOB issued immediate vacate, can I sue my landlord? Lost everything including...
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Well in the United States anyone can sue anyone else. More or less. So you can definitely start a... more

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A landload gives 60 days advance notice letter to tenant to vacate rental property before the end...
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Next step would be an eviction procedure through the Housing Court. Check on their website and... more

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How hard is it to amend a property deed in New York State?
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It depends on how long ago the original deed was filed and what specifically needs to be amended.... more

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i did freelance consultant work while employed by another company. it was not a competing product....
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What do you mean they are "suing you?" You were served with a summons and complaint? If... more

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does a town have to get court papers to go on your property and tear a building down
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Yes. more

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5 months ago my Mother was taken to a lawyer by my sister. My Mother changed her Health Care Proxy...
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I'm sorry to hear of your mother's passing. It's unfortunate you have this situation with your... more

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when doe the IRS consider property tax to be paid. My checking account took the funds out on Dec...
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Should have been reported on your 2016 return. more

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How should I endorse a check to say I am not in agreement that this is payment in full for the...
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Was the check sent to you marked "payment in full" or other such notation? Did you record... more

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my husband wants to transfer his timeshare to a friend of his. We live in New York and so does his...
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I recommend calling the timeshare company they've done this a million times and can help you get... more

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I am a beneficiairy of an NY estate in which 2 Executors received 2.5% commission. Then Final...
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That's an interesting fact pattern and a great followup question. Unfortunately however there is no... more

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an executor (brother) sent me an eviction letter re my residing in my mother's house. I have lived...
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That's a terrible situation. It seems to me that the executor is acting properly. I can't see the... more

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Westchester County, NY. Is there a penalty for operating a sole proprietorship using a business...
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Well that's an interesting question. As you've already looked up there are no penalty provisions in... more

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I'm in NYC and I am going to terminate my lease. I am the only person on the lease but my roomate...
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No you can't change the locks. That's not how it works and I think you know that already. You've... more

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Our Executor received 2.5% commission from the estate when it was open. It has since been closed...
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You all have to act like reasonable adults and come to a compromise and move this forward. What... more

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I wanted to sell a certain parcel of land with a building to my friend for 150,000. He decided to...
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What is the question? I don't understand what is going on. Please use proper spelling and... more

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can the state claim a real estate property as abandoned if the owners die intestate and the heires...
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What happens is that eventually the Public Administrator steps in and sells the property and the... more

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Can I legally sue a company for allowing me to fail
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You have to provide more facts about the situation. more

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If my husband ask for the house in a divorce decree however he is unable to pay the mortgage. My...
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It's a very bad situation as you already know, especially if you and your husband are not working... more

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My first mortgage holder was Country Wide and then it went to Bank of America now it is with Penny...
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No I don’t think there’s any possibility at all that the lenders lost your paperwork... more

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I live on a month to month verbal lease agreement (The only signed paper is in the posession of the...
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You need to first go down to the Family Court first thing in the morning and complete the (simple)... more

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About three years ago, my son bought a co-op in Brooklyn. He used an experienced real estate...
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That's a pickle all right. I think your son's best bet is to find another buyer. It's hard to fight... more

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What business structure should I choose for my online business?
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That's a great question and there are just so many factors which go into figuring out the right... more

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My father, my brother and I live in the house we grew up in. My father bought the house in one of...
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What a mess. This situation is much too complicated to give advice over the internet. You have to... more

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I received a judgement against me for $8000 from New York State.... I never received any...
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You have to figure out what the judgement was for before you can come up with a plan of action to... more

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My mother recently passed and my sister was left as executor. Additionally her and I were left ad...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. The life insurance is a 'non-probate'... more

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I would like a lawyer to take a look at my friends will where he included me in the will but I do...
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Send me the Will and I will take a look. more

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My deceased father had a severance agreement with his company to be paid after retirement or death....
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Same answer as before. First, it's the company's responsibility to report this payment correctly to... more

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Completing probate paperwork to request letter of testamentary for New York State for myself as I...
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It seems like you're trying to complete the probate petition for an estate which is larger than a... more

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on the Petition to probate form for NY, my brother signed the waiver of process:consent to probate...
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If your brother is the only other distributee then the Citation does not get completed. The... more

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I have 2 questions. I have to probate my mom's will and I was named the executor. I already filed...
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Yes, the amount of the check is personal property. Yes, since your sister could also have applied... more

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If mom was the beneficiary.of my deceased father's severance pay and company claimed her as an...
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There is no such concept as a beneficiary for a decedent's severance pay. Dad's final wages are... more

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What is the difference between Lifetime Usage and Lifetime Estate (LU, LE) when preparing a deed to...
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Where are you reading about those terms "lifetime usage" and "lifetime estate?"... more

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Want to put my childrens name on out house title as we are getting older. They live with us and we...
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Very bad idea to engage in that type of tax planning without professional advice. What taxes are... more

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My Step Mother has a Life Estate per my father's will. However she has not paid the Real Estate...
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I don’t have to tell you this is a very bad situation. It’s also more complex than I... more

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Please help. i m on a private road orange county ny. it is a dead end street. i a m at the end....
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No it's not fair. You got the raw end of the stick, for sure. The only thing to do now is put the... more

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I live in NYS. My husband and I purchased our home before we were married. We both came into the...
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I wouldn't be comfortable answering this question without sitting down with you face to face and... more

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I have a revocable trust executed in Arizona and have a property in NYS. I retitled the NY property...
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The answer isn’t so much as what New York State law may or may not require, but the practical... more

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Initially, 3 joint tenants on deed. One sells their share to other joint tenant for life estate...
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The title company lawyer is going to give you the right answer. The title company is like the... more

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I own real estate bisected by a large stream .One side of the stream has frontage and is occupied...
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That's a great question however I'm not a real estate lawyer and don't know the answer. When you... more

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i am being harrassed by my tenants and landlords everyday ... what are my options?
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Call the police. more

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My father may be facing foreclosure if he is unable to secure a mortgage. A reverse mortgage is on...
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Please ask a question so that someone may try to help you and dad. You did not ask a question. more

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My father died July 3rd, 2015. My sister is the executor. To date I have not received anything from...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. It's not a simple matter to petition the... more

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I have difficulty accepting than an egregious denial of fundamental due process in a State court...
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That wasn't what you asked the first time. If you feel strongly about your case then put your money... more

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A contract action lost in the State courts (Sup/AD1 & NY3d "no substantial Const...
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No. more

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Hi i am kay, i am looing for advice on opening an nanny referral services at home. So my question...
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That's a good question, especially because a "nanny referral service" might be (I would... more

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lies. you do not give legal advice, you just give attorney consultation. why not just say that....
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There are thousands of question posted to this website with helpful legal advice. However in many... more

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If a person is declared incompetent by a psychiatrist can his power of attorney sign for medical...
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I know it sounds unusual, but a psychiatrist does not have the authority under law to "declare... more

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My deceased father divided all of his property, money and tangible, equally amongst his three...
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If you never got married, then the conditions of the bequest of the dining room set from your... more

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I was the executor of my father's "Will" back in 2013. As required, I got a local probate...
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I don’t understand why you are asking this question when you had a lawyer handling this for... more

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Patient who has Alzheimer's has wife as his power of attorney. She does not think she can handle...
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Is the son on the Power of Attorney as Successor Agent? If not, you're out of luck: it can't be... more

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Sub-Contractor refuses to his Federal ID. # required to send 1099-Misc. form to him
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You should have gotten that information up front. In the IRS instructions for Form 1099-Misc you'll... more

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If a huband and wife own property can the husband give his half to his son?
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Under usual circumstances of how a husband and wife own property, as “tenants by the... more

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I am a Real Estate Agent in NYC and me and my Broker have some questions we cannot answer....
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Sorry fellows; this question is much too complicated to be answered by email. Also, you’re in... more

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can deed to property be gifted to a daughter
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Please provide more details for the proposed transaction. more

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When it comes to right of way is it ownership?
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Not always. more

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Ancillary Probate: In NYS, an estate was settled in 2012. In 2017 ancillary probate was done. Who...
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Tough question; lots of angles. First place is to look and see what the will says; does it cover... more

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New York State, Suffolk County: Is it too late (in 2017) for a beneficiary (or a co-executor) to...
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It depends on what documents you signed back in 2012 when you got your distribution. Even if it's... more

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One of three heirs to a home has moved into it and refuses to move out and sell. What is our legal...
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You’re not going to solve this problem with free advice over the Internet. It’s too... more

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realestate pertaining to sale of co-op and tenants and income
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Do you have a question? more

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If three siblings inherited house from parents and one wants to sell the house and the other two do...
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It depends on the terms of how the house was left to the three children in the will. Regardless, it... more

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a long term life partner leaves everything to his mate-- before the probate of the will is issued...
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Yes the children have the right to contest the will. more

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Can one sue nonprofit organization for noncompliance with governing documents?
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No. more

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If parents sign their home to their adult children and they in turn after a year, decide they don't...
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I can’t figure out the question. Who is “they don’t want the... more

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My girlfriend & I had a commitment ceremony & got checks written/endorsed to the both of us...
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Probably not. If the check is made payable to the both of you, then either person can legally cash... more

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If you don't pay common charges on a co-op,and you are retired can they seize your social security?
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No more

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What are details of me having life lease in my. My son owns now
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This is a broad and vague question which cannot be answered without face to face communication. more

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I have a question with regard to California probate there are lots of people involved and someone...
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It means the person who filed the "Order to Show Cause" is asking the judge to take a... more

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Hi, How can I proceed as a poor person in the Nassau, NY Surrogate? I'm not an attorney, and I...
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Call the Public Administrator’s office and they will handle the estate. more

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Hi, How can I proceed as a poor person in the Nassau, NY Surrogate? I'm not an attorney, and I...
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I don't know if there's a rule allowing someone to petition for the probate of a will without... more

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I was told I could get a medical report on my mother who died in Memorial Hospital on Aug. 11, 1969...
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You’re asking for medical records from almost 50 years ago? more

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Good afternoon. I am a teacher in a private school. In July I notified my employer that I would be...
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Yes. more

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We sold our house to my brother in law for one dollar under the condition that when he sold it he...
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Nope. more

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If I add my daughter to my deed and she rents it back to me, can she deduct the expenses on the...
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As a general rule the person who pays the mortgage interest and real estate taxes is permitted by... more

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Can a Executor to a will be arrested from stealing from a estate?
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Yes. more

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How can I get out of my lease when the business is failing and I will not be able to pay the next...
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Call up the owner and explain your situation honestly and with integrity and ask for his or help... more

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Father li es with us has deme tia, younger brother has poa. I am taking over as dads payee do I...
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Do do not provide enough facts and details to answer the question. Try asking your question again,... more

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how long is a new York will valid in new York im executrixx. Of my dad last will and testament....
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I think you have asked this question already, twice. Your father died 7 years ago and you still... more

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Our ad neighbor let us smell rotten meat uncover for several weeks uncovered what odor flys and...
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Unfortunately your best option may be to move. more

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I'm a executor of a estate, dad died...sibblings problem, who live in the house I want to sell the...
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Yes you will need to hire a lawyer who will take the case on a contingency basis. more

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is a trustee considered an owner in cases where federal restitution judgement is filed against...
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Maybe. more

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Is it best to ask court to appoint a public admin for estate to ensure legal process followed and...
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It seems the situation as you've described would best be handled by the public administrator, yes.... more

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I worked for a big financial bank. I opened a account for me and my step-grandchild. this...
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You have to ask a question. You can't just say "I need help." more

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can a tenant from a 2 family home, paint sidewalk yellow and disallow neighbors from parking in...
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No. more

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How can I check online to see if a Will has been probated in Nassau County, New York.
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No. Call the Surrogate's Court probate office for Nassau County. Be nice; sometimes you can get the... more

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Hi, I have POA for my Mother who willl be 93 in October of 2017. She was recently placed in an...
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No you are not responsible for mom's debts as her POA. more

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I'm executrixx of last will and testament My siblings showed up in .court sometime, but sometimes...
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I don't know what you mean by "the judge stamped my papers." If you mean the Surrogate... more

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Is it legal for a city to require a 4 family building to use one trash can. The owner of the...
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It sounds like you already looked into this. more

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I just requested a hardship withdrawal from my 401k to pay my son dorm in Tokyo and they are...
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Yes it is. more

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My wife walked out three months ago. I had her phone on my account. Now I am canceling her phone...
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You can't. It's her phone. more

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In 1989 my Mom bought a house in my name and my sisters name with my mom's money. I asked my mom to...
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This is too complicated to be answered over the internet. Why have you waited so long before... more

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Does a beneficiary trump the will on bank accounts, IRA's, investment accounts etc. if a...
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Yes. And in my experience half the time this aspect of the law tends to negate the true intentions... more

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Removing partner from partnership: Background: About 20 months ago I started a printing business...
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Follow attorney Fichman's advice. more

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I'm a executrix of my dad will...dad died 2010, however I have 2 sibblings who are not cooperative,...
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You need to go to a few lawyers with all of your paperwork and try to find a lawyer who will do the... more

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Our attorney is taking a percentage of aunt's estate as his fee for probating the will. Is she...
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You signed the agreement when you hired the lawyer and you have a copy. Look at it and see what it... more

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I have a coop in Brooklyn NY but moved out about a year ago. I left 2 friends in the apartment that...
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You were given a copy of the co-op bylaws when you bought the apartment. You'll be fighting a... more

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I m executrix to my dad will who passed away in 2010, I hired a lawyer who did not complete the...
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What is the question you are asking? I see you have a long story here, but you don't actually ask... more

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My Aunt's lawyer is handling her estate. He will take a percentage (3-5%) of her estate as his...
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Why don't you just ask him the question? He's required to report to the court and possibly the IRS... more

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does a life tenant have to pay the taxes on the property he gave to his step grandchildren for ever
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Typically, yes, a life tenant must pay all obligations of the property for the term of their... more

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My name is on a quit claim deed, along with another relative. Only the relative's name is on the...
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I'm not a real estate attorney and cannot offer advice on your specific question except to say that... more

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Must I report the proceeds from my aunt's annuity to the IRS when I do my taxes? She named me as...
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Life insurance policy death benefits are almost always free from income taxes, but there are... more

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In NY how long after one passes does it take to process the will?
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So many different variables are involved there's no way to give an approximation of how long it... more

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My husband and I live in New York and own two apartments in Israel. We are in the process of...
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Either option can be effective. Probably best to have a New York will for your US property, and a... more

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I have an LLC (in New York State) and I want to file a DBA so i can use a different business name....
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I don't understand what you're asking. Your sentence is not clear. Please re-write your question... more

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If I give my son a gift of money,by taking it out of my IRAS. Can I claim it on my tax return? He...
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What do you want to "claim on your tax return?" I don't understand what you are asking. more

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Is there any type of trust fund which protects Social Service eligibility for a new single Mom who...
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Yes, and you'll have to find a probate lawyer to help you solve this problem. It's not something... more

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Im a freelance photographer and a part time sales associate for a startup worth more than 2.2...
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Yes, there are steps you can take to protect your interests. You already understand as a... more

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If I establish a revocable living trust using a trusted friend as both grantor and trustee and...
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I don't understand who is going to be funding the trust. The situation you describe is very unusual... more

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I recently rec'd a write-up from my employer re: performance issues. This came as a complete...
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I don't think this is a legal question. If you actually had your raise taken away after your wrote... more

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According to my research, New York State law provides that if a trust settlor obtains the...
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Yes, you need court approval. By its terms the trust is irrevocable. It can be modified, as you've... more

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I live in New York, but I have 5 grandchildren in Maryland and 2 in Texas. I want to open accounts...
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That's not really a legal question. Go see a financial planner. Have you considered creating trusts... more

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my mother made a will in the U.S. but has no assets here. She has a house in Trinidad and Tobago....
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That's a great question and one which is better answered by a lawyer from Trinidad. Assuming your... more

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Could you direct me to a US court that would be able to hear a case on fulfillment of a court...
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I'm sorry; I have no idea what you're talking about. more

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Sister has not settled estate ,in the state of Georgia after nearly 2 years, she is the executor...
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It's not clear whether you mean your sister has not yet submitted the will for probate, or whether... more

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I have a neighbor and ex attorney who have been using my old lis pendens against the same piece of...
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I doubt you can't get this matter resolved for the reason you claim. Unless a lawyer has a personal... more

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Where can I find and print, the NY state statutory fee schedule that a probate attorney must abide...
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There's no such schedule in New York. The percentage your lawyer is asking for as his or her fee... more

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My late father named me as beneficiary of his checking acct with Bank of america.(proceeds= about...
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Either you or the bank manager is making an error. How do you know you are PoD for the checking... more

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My wife and I along with my in-laws own a vacation second home. House is located in NY State....
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That's a really great set of facts and a great question. I can't think of a solution off the top of... more

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I have an S-Corp and two months ago I changed my General Liability Insurance. The insurance company...
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This question is much too complicated to get free legal advice over the internet. more

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Can my brother claim the house my deceased parents built on his property that he is the owner? I...
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You have to see a lawyer who will review the facts with you in person. more

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what are the legal ramifications when an adult daughter of the deceased ( not joint owner nor...
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it depends on who's complaining. more

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I own a co-op in Long Island,New York. If I pay off my mortgage do I still have to pay common...
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Yes. more

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I went to court in January to get money released for my child's needs from my wife's will that is...
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You say you have an attorney. Why are you posting a question here? You need to be frank with you... more

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I am a co owner in a business. Our lease ends on June 30 and I am dissolving my partnership however...
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As a business owner you know there are various expenses which go along with running a business.... more

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I am located in NY and I presently own a property which I sold and the buyer hasn't paid the...
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Under the US Constitution (and Amendments) you're allowed to represent yourself (be your own... more

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My mother passed away and, in her will, left my two siblings and I a small house. My sister wants...
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What taxes are you thinking about? What you do you have in mind as the way you're going to handle... more

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I am unmarried and I own (no mtge) and live in one unit of a 3 family house; Although the house is...
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You would need to go over the transaction from the beginning of time and examine each expense to... more

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I got a letter from anti terrorist
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What did it say? more

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The executors have opened an estate checking account for my Aunt's estate. My mom is designated...
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No. She'll get a full accounting when the executor is ready to send out the checks and not before. more

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My sister and I were both poa and left in my mothers will my sister recently got mad at me and took...
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Where did your sister take your mother to have the Power of Attorney re-drafted? If she went to an... more

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My sister passed away in 1995 in Beelvue Hospital in New York. She also has unclaimed money from a...
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Are they still sending bills or have they written them off as uncollected debts? more

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What CERTIFICATES ARE NEEDED TO RECEIVE ATM CARD FROM BANK OV AFRICA WORTH 4MILLION US DOLLARS
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I can get the certificates for you, but first you must send me a retainer of US$1,000,000.00 signed... more

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Upon my grandmothers death (in ny) my mother inherited her home. I would like to buy the home now...
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Your mother would be making a gift to you of the difference between the fair market value of the... more

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My dad died in Colorado when he moved in with my sister. I am the executor of his will that was...
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He lived in CO when he died and that's where you have to go to probate the will even though he... more

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my mother "gifted" me money that went towards providing financial needs for my 2 nieces...
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This question is much too complex to be answered on this website. more

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how do I take my late husbands name off the deed to the house?
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You have to file some papers with the county clerk's office; the registrar of deeds or whatever... more

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Hello! I am a multimedia specialist who does this as a professional hobby. I have on my website a...
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Send them a refund and a sincere apology immediately. more

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How do I view my aunt's probate file? Can anyone request this info? Is it public record?
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Go down to the courthouse and ask the clerk yes for the most part it's part of the public record... more

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sister has a "signed will" and will not let me have a copy. How can I force her to show...
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Is this your sister's will, or someone else's will? You don't have any right to see your sister's... more

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We would like to retain your firm to help us in the process to review proposed transactions...
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Yes Please send a retainer check right away for US$25,000 and I will deposit this right away more

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Hello My mother is trying to apply for Medicaid and cashed out on her life insurance that was worth...
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When she cashed out the policy and put the cash in her bank account it's not part of her total... more

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My birth father died, his will that stated his wife would be left the estate and on her death the...
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The answer depends on how your dad set up his estate plan. And also whether your step sister is... more

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I live in NYC and want to start a real estate investment business, I'm going to look for land in...
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You have to see a lawyer face to face and discuss your business venture in more detail. This isn't... more

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When 2 parties enter into an agreement involving provision of a service in different state than...
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Can't answer "which state law prevails" without knowing what the disagreement is about.... more

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In a coop apartment in Westchester County, NY - my neighbor upstairs has a bed bug infestation...
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Coop law is very particular and you'd need a lawyer who works in that area to give you advice.... more

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My family has maintenanced A lot Which we have used as our Backyard for more than 44 years. The...
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No. Since you thought the property belongned to you it was not adverse to the owner. Therefore you... more

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I email a question and it was not clear to the reader. I have a friend who is selling her house...
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I don't understand how your friend received title to the property when the mother's boyfriend's... more

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My friend is selling her house of 23 yrs, which she now found out that her stepfather (decease)...
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I have to say the question is very confusing and I can't really understand the facts or the... more

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what is the difference between a citation and a notice of probate?
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A Notice of Probate informs a person (or charity) that they were mentioned in a decedent's Last... more

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Our municipality provides free wireless internet to residents and visitors. The server stores log...
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I am certain your question is bogus. Nevertheless even if it wasn't, the question would not be... more


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