Recent Free Legal Questions answered by
Richard Bryan


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selling my summer home here in NY, bought the house 18 years ago for 68k did major work on the...
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Under the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations there are a lot of different rules which apply to... more

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I have a suicidal 24 year old child who has 2 children of their own. how can i protect her mental...
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This is an important and complicated situation. You have to see a lawyer face to face; this... more

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I live in a home that was bought by my parents about 70 years ago. My daughter has helped me...
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I don't understand who owns the house. You, or your parents? If your parents gave you the house... more

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Do I have any legal rights to my house after husband abandonment of house. Can I stop him from...
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You need to go to family court and file a petition explaining to the judge the reasons you feel... more

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I live in Brooklyn and still use Verizon’s landline for my home phone, that I’ve been...
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I advise you to drop this entire matter and get on with your life. Nothing will come of this.... more

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My father lived in California upon his death. He was re-married to a woman with 2 adult children...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. It seems unlikely as the decedent’s... more

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Hello, On an estate how long does the estate have to be held before distributio, once the executor...
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There's no easy and absolute answer to that question. There are no exact rules or regulations. Most... more

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in the case of mortage fraud if the lender cannot produce a contrat for the loan, what are the...
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I can't answer this question because I don't really understand what you are asking. What is... more

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If 6 people are willed specific money and then any and all remaining property, both real and...
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It seems to me what you’re written here is contradictory regarding distribution of the... more

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Have been renting month to month landlord sold building gave us a 30 eviction 8-28-18 . We found an...
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Yes I think he is cheating you. more

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I bid on a foreclosed property in an auction and cannot complete the sale. What are the...
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You’ll lose your deposit that’s all. more

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We have a sewer line that crosses three properties to connect to the city sewer line (this is the...
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This question is very complicated and you need to see a lawyer who specializes in this area. more

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I was recently denied a job at a local giant retail store do to because i was fired from the...
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No it’s not illegal. And you cannot sue anyone if you don’t get hired. Good luck. more

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What does a Surrogate Court Trust and Will Challenge docket look like? Is it called a Petition or...
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You’re way off base. No way can you get something like this done without a lawyer. Good luck. more

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I have 10 LLC's for 10 different pieces of Real Estate that my spouse and I own Jointly. Our...
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I think as the owner of ten properties you should hire a lawyer and accountant to get you... more

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Neighbor has been acting discriminatory and racist since I've claimed my property. Has been coming...
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There’s something else going on here I’m sure of it. I don’t have any advice for... more

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I have a will staying I can sell a 2 family house I’m the executrixx of my dads will...
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I can take the case. Call me on Monday. 212 979-2868 more

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My brother and I were left a CD by a deceased relative. The problem is that she listed our last...
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You're going to need a lawyer who agrees to take their fee out of the CD when it's collected. more

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Dad died left a 2 family house with 3 sibblings I’m the oldest and executrixx Of dads estate...
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Probably not. Sell the house and divide up the proceeds and move on with your life. more

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I have a recent will which my husband for got to sign but is witnessed.There is money in his...
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You're going to need a lawyer to help you with this. Good luck. more

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Deceased brother had an injury suit pending. as administrator i settled. attorney deposit check and...
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You're going to have to deposit the check into a bank account in the name of the estate, and to... more

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Can a realtor take pictures of the house without notifying the tenants...also I have a suspision my...
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Yes the realtor or anyone else can take a photograph of anything in the public view without getting... more

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My family listed a property with a realtor. A family member now wants to buy it. Do we have to use...
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I can't answer that question without seeing the agreement you signed with the realtor. more

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I am a freelancer who has an ongoing gig. The contract is for a weekly rate. During the week of...
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Difficult to say because I can’t see the entire contract and the paragraph about the... more

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Has the use of proxies by Board members of not-for-profit organizations been restricted in NY?
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That's a pretty technical question. I doubt you'll get an answer in this forum, but maybe. Good... more

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A family of 5 siblings has their deceased parents' home in a trust. 2 of the siblings would like to...
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No. Since you're asking the question about "what paperwork needs to be involved," then... more

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In a New York Surrogate's Court Section 1404 Deposition, Are Questions OTHER THAN The Facts And...
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Yes. more

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Succession Rights I live in NYC, in a rent controlled apartment. The original lease (dated 1968) is...
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As you already know this is a very important situation and you need to hire a lawyer and not rely... more

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The lawyer handling my aunt's estate said that my MOM (a beneficiary of said estate) will receive a...
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A "small" accounting is called an "informal accounting" and that's an itemized... more

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I have an elderly grandmother that might pass away sooner than the family would lke her too. She...
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Almost certainly the apartment is lost. But maybe not if you can play the succession rights law the... more

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can two people have a dba and then one signs his name off and not the other? then put it in his...
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It depends what is being signed. Two people working together in a business is called a partnership.... more

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A building and ramp completely blocks my direct front ocean view. Will the assessed value of my...
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No. more

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Before my mother passed away, my sister had a Quit Claim Deed drawn up regarding my mother's house....
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The language that your sister has in the Quit Claim Deed was almost certainly NOT done by a lawyer.... more

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If I have a outstanding debt and I receive a large sum of money through a property sale and the...
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Yes. The tax consequences of the sale don't have anything to do with the fact you have to give them... more

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I have the deed to my house in Ogdensburg Ny 13669 and I'm having a hard time understanding the...
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Yes you can find a surveyor who will look at the deed and mark out your property boundaries so you... more

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I live on the lower part of a hill The rain runs down the hill into my backyard and to house's...
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Well in the United States anyone can sue anyone else for anything; however that doesn’t mean... more

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What is exemplary copy of a person's estate. Is it just a Xerox copy of a will
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No it’s not just a photocopy. Exemplified copies of documents in Surrogate’s court... more

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What are the laws governing bundling of merchandise for sale in New York State? Magazines were in...
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I don't understand what you're talking about. Can't help you with this. Good luck. more

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Regulations and laws for sober living in NY I am trying to find information about requirements and...
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Try Articles 19 and 32 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law. Start here... more

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after closing of sister's estate a wrongful death settlement has been awarded to same estate in ny...
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Can you be more specific about "closing your sister's estate?" Something doesn't sound... more

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My cousin died in November 2016. A 90-year-old aunt and I are his only surviving blood relatives....
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You need to go see a lawyer and get face to face advice. This is a very important matter with... more

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I'm a freelance designer, sole proprietor. My legal last name is hyphenated (ex. John Smith-Doe)....
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Doing business that way is going to cause you headaches down the road. Can't predict exactly how,... more

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I’m executrixx of my dad. Estate. Also Wanted to know can I hire a lawyer To sell my 2 family...
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Call me Monday afternoon. 212 979-2868 more

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Im executrixx of dads wii, and i ha e. 2 si blings. Who live in a 2 family house, i also have...
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Yes as Executor you can sell the house without the permission of your siblings. However you will... more

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I have lifetime rights to a piece of property. May I put a double wide trailer on it?
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It depends on the town zoning laws. Go there and ask. more

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Thirty four years ago I submitted plans to build my new home in Putnam county N.Y. About the same...
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Are you kidding? No, you can't sue the town because your neighbor's house isn't as nice as yours. more

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What is the purpose of putting your adult children on the home owners insurance?
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Never heard of this. more

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I am selling a house and on the survey my fence is encroaching on City property by 4.5 feet. I am...
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Move the fence. more

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my husband died in ct 2years ago we had no will second marriage son had will from 1977 from...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. Please resubmit your question using... more

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I am the gm of a small mfging corp,the owner would like for me to run it but has 40yo son who is...
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Yes, of course. more

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DOES PERSON WHOM SIGNED PROPRIETARY LEASE HAVE TO LIVE IN SAID CO-OP UNIT IN ORDER TO HAVE A...
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THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT MOST LIKELY CONTROLS IN THIS SITUATION AND THAT'S A VERY... more

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Regarding my earlier question: Where are ITF/POD CD & savings accounts listed on Queens Count,...
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The purpose of the form is so the court can determine whether the correct filing fee was paid,... more

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Where are ITF/POD CD & savings accounts listed on Queens Count, NY Estate Administration...
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Put it as non-probate assets on the line for 'other' or write in "bank accounts payable to... more

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What is the Queens, NY Asset Inventory for NY Estate Administration asking regarding Powers of...
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If you don't know then the answer is "no". more

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What type of legal documents allows a minor to be put on a deed and have an ownership interest in a...
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You have not received any answers because there is no such document as you are looking for. It... more

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I have a DBA. I have been paying commission to someone for a few years for the use of her Facebook...
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It's not always necessary that a contract be in writing. It's unclear what you guys agreed to in... more

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I had to file for guardianship for my mother because she appointed 2 old woman as her health care...
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No you are not responsible for the rest of the lawyer's bill. more

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my father passed in 2011...im the executrix o dads will. the lawyer I hired cheated me out of a lot...
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Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. It's unfortunate that you've had a hard... more

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how do you revoke life use? person is now in nursing home
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You'd need a new deed where the person is giving their life estate interest over to the owner. So... more

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Landlord has started eviction proceedings due to back rent being owed but refuses to accept it
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You’ll have to talk to the housing court judge. You should get a lawyer. more

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can any other family member other than a spouse or child be responsible for medicaid penalties
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I don’t know what you mean by “Medicaid penalties“. In any event, this is not an... more

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a bank sends you a letter telling you you have until a cretin date to pay a bill then before that...
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Unfortunately I don't really know what you can do about that. Sorry. more

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Hi, my grandmother is in a nursing home, we were told not to touch the money in her saving account....
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Tell them your sister emptied out the account. more

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how do I file an partition action and is there any free or cheap laywer out there that can help me
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Do you have anything to trade in exchange for legal services? Maybe a car or boat? Can you perform... more

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If someone has a will and he leaves everything to people of no relation to him, but he has a next...
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No. more

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I am a senior citizen, and I am still paying my mortgage and receive the enhanced star for school...
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No I don't think so. But you should call the tax collector in your town and ask them. more

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what do you do about neighbor harassment ?I am a senior citezin that is widowed and living in the...
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You might want to try going to Family Court and asking the judge for an emergency Temporary Order... more

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do telephone buried cables adjacent to NY rural town roads usually delineate where the road width...
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No you can't rely on the location of the buried cables for any property boundary issues. more

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i started a business with an (now old) friend. only worked 5 weeks with him. all money we collected...
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Claim at what? I don't understand what you are asking. more

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How is cost basis determined when an inherited stock first transfers to decedent's estate then to...
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That's a great question and some more questions need to be asked about the transaction. That being... more

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Can the executor of an estate cash in my 50% of stocks if I am a named beneficiary and all debts...
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Yes more

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My husband's mother passed away and she didn't have a will. She was married to my husband's step...
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Your husband's mom and step-dad may have had their accounts and house in joint name so all jointly... more

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Follow-up question to the issue of the amount of time that one co-heir to my house can have to pay...
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Yes. more

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Question about a NY will, concerning a property in MA. There are two joint co-heirs. If one heir...
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No there’s no time limit between the two heirs as long as they both agree, and no one else... more

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Hi, can you please send me a legal letter of dissolution of my partnership from a corporation.
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What you’re asking for is beyond the scope of the advice available from this website. more

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Hello, I have spent the last 8-years being administrator for my father's estate NY, where both of...
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No law requires you to take responsibility for anyone else’s affairs after they die. Even if... more

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How expensive can defending a will contest get in New York?
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There are just too many different factors involved to give a specific answer to your... more

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Hello, My wife and I, and our daughter, have two months till our property tax is due! And we must...
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That’s a very sad story it’s a very unfortunate situation. Your best bet is to contact... more

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I received a letter from NYC Adult Protective Services to call them. Do I have to? what will happen...
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I would want to know more about the back-story of this situation. I'm sure you know why you got the... more

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My father died six months ago, My sister did not provide me with a copy of the will. She claims she...
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Something is wrong and you should see a lawyer right away to make sure your rights are protected.... more

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How are stocks transferred when one estate is inheriting from another before being inherited by...
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You have to go through all the steps: from one estate to the other and then out to the... more

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How would I go about getting a birth certificate for a missing person? Details: My dad (listed on...
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As you know there’s a difference between someone who has been missing for 28 years and... more

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No debts are expected and I understand a Notice to Creditors isn't required in NY probate admin....
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I don't understand the questions you're asking as you've given no background. You have to see a... more

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I am interested in a house that is for sale in Brooklyn NY. Although they are not required to have...
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You have to get a real estate lawyer. You can't get help over the internet by email for this... more

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Do you have a, Renunciation Form for, New York State that I may resign as, Executor or where can I...
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If you google for "NY Surrogate's Court pdf forms" you'll find the packet of forms... more

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Can a bank after charging off business credit card debt raid your personal accounts
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Not usually but there are exceptions. more

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in 1993, I mortgaged a home for my Sister. She promised to get it out of my name in a year, and...
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Whoever is in charge of your sister’s estate will sell the house and payoff the mortgage. No... more

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Can I open an estate account through the clerk's office, or must I use an attorney?
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What's an "estate account?" I don't understand 100% what you're referring to. Do you mean... more

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I have a residential property that is in a commercial zone. The residential footprint was there...
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Did you try talking to the owner? more

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Are there specific "rules" which real estate agents have to follow in NY when accepting...
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I would want to know what the problem is before answering your questions. What's happened to cause... more

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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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