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POA (and will) in VA

Asking for a friend who lives in Virginia: my friend's mother has had a chronic illness for many years, and over the past year her health has begun to steadily decline, and she has been phasing in and out of bouts of dementia. Lately the bad days seem to be getting more and more frequent. No one has power of attorney at the moment; I'm trying to help him get it in place ASAP. [more inside]
posted by Koko on Jul 3, 2014 - 7 answers

What progressive social justice organizations should I will my money to?

I'm writing my will, and I'm planning to donate pretty much my entire estate. Places on my radar are: ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Lambda Legal. I know there are tons of other great organizations out there, but I don't know who they are, so please tell me about them. I am interested in anything progressive/social justice-y.
posted by (Over) Thinking on Jun 14, 2014 - 29 answers

Help me be a better executor

I have been appointed as an executor. Can any of you with this type of experience suggest non-obvious things I should be aware of or do to help make things easier? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx on May 23, 2014 - 14 answers

Getting our shit at LEAST in a diaper or something

OH HAY it's another prenatal question. Pursuant to getyourshittogether.org, I am trying to put those pesky ducks in a row before August. What kinds of documents, topics, etc. should we include in an estate plan et. al.? And what should we add (e.g. life insurance) to solidify things a bit more in case of Bad Things Happening? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Feb 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Need an excellent estate attorney in NYC. Integrity a must.

Looking for an estate attorney so good it’ll make us forget how our last estate attorney shamelessly ripped us off. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Feb 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Advice for drafting a legal will to release my IP into the public domain

I want to create a legal document declaring in robust legalese that all of my intellectual property (except works specifically noted) shall enter the public domain upon my death and a website to host (or link to p2p copies of) archives of those works. I want the legal documents to make it easy for other people to use or adapt for themselves and ideally for the site to act as a host or tracker for them to post to. I'm seeking legal and technical advice as well as general input in order to make this happen. [more inside]
posted by metaphorever on Jan 7, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I write a will and help my mentally ill son become independent?

I am a woman in my early sixties and have a son with pervasive developmental disorder (Aspergers and bipolar) in his early thirties who lives with me. Although I am currently in good health, I am aware that there is an urgency to write a will which I have been putting off due to anxiety about the situation. I am unsure of how to go about doing this. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2013 - 17 answers

End of life planning

My brother and I are sitting down with my parents tomorrow to discuss specifics of what they've put in place for end of life planning. What should we ask? [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Nov 29, 2013 - 23 answers

What should my elderly parents do with their only asset, a liquid $250K?

I'm seeking as many opinions as I can get from people with knowledge of financial advising and/or trusts & estates and/or estate planning, about what my parents (in their 80s) ought to do with their $250,000 in liquid assets. I'm NOT looking for the kind of detailed plan we'd get from an advisor whom we hire; I'm looking for short, quite general, common sense answers (such as "These ONE OR TWO types of instruments are good/bad; all others are to be avoided/considered.") I'm also looking for as many answers as I can get. In order to get that assortment of answers, I want to disclose only a very few specific things about the folks: 1. they currently rent an apartment; they do not own a home. 2. they are in their 80s--relatively healthy and can drive, shop, take care of themselves, but I'm not sure how long that'll last. I'd like to see them in a retirement community within a couple years. 3. Their only income (which doesn't amount to much) is social security. 4. They lose about $2,100 in total expenses every month. That's just about equal to what they take in each month. 5. Their one and only significant asset is a liquid $250,000. Okay, at their age, and considering all the above, WHAT IS/ARE THE MOST PRACTICAL THING(s) THEY SHOULD DO WITH THAT LUMP OF LIQUID MONEY? THANK YOU from their worried adult child with a family of my own!
posted by losdavos on Oct 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Anyone but THEM!

From what I understand, in the state of Arizona (and many others), if a legal adult dies without a spouse or children, any living parents would be responsible for the disposal of the remains. Is there anything this adult can do to assign that role to people OTHER than the living parents? [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Aug 8, 2013 - 11 answers

What to do with a will where there are no assets or liabilities (MD)

The decedent was a resident of Maryland and died in Maryland. All of his assets were held jointly with his wife, or else named her as sole beneficiary, and therefore pass by operation of law. He had no real estate, no car, and no personal property of any significant value. He had no liabilities (no credit card balances, mortgages, medical bills). He left a will, naming his wife as sole legatee. I see that filing a will with the Maryland Register of Wills is required. What's the downside to not doing so? [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde on Jun 25, 2013 - 8 answers

Where can I find P.T. Barnum's will?

According to an article in the July 14, 1946 Sunday Morning Star (of Wilmington, Delaware), P.T. Barnum had his 53-page will published as a book in 1891. Can it be found anywhere online?
posted by Flunkie on Jun 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Making a Will

Hey, I'm 35 and want to make a will for peace of mind. Nothing much, just want to state how I'd like to be cared for and declare and executor. I've read that in NYC you don't even have to have a will notarized. I've also seen a few sites where you pay to make a will online like this one: http://www.nolo.com/products/online-will-NNWILL.html Any tips on getting started? I don't have or know a lawyer. Should I just fork over the $40 and make a will online?
posted by gpoint on Mar 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Advance Health Care Directive - End-of-life decisions - How do I decide?

Recently I had a California Advance Health Care Directive drawn up (free when you buy a Will!) Whoa... this is a tough question! End of Life Decision: A) Choice not to prolong life B) Choice to prolong life Which one should I pick? How do I go about picking one? More details inside [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague on Mar 7, 2013 - 14 answers

"Everybody who's currently intestate, MAKE SOME NOIIIIIISE!"

I want to host a "will party", which will feature yummy snacks, refreshing drinks... and access to all of the resources needed for end-of-life planning. Is this doable? HOW? Intestate-rrific details inside... [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 26, 2013 - 22 answers

What Should Be In A Fully-Wired Twenty-Something's Will?

Recently, several friends and acquaintances in their 20s have passed away. Their online accounts -- particularly their Facebook accounts -- linger, as memento mori, covered with "miss u" wall posts and that sort of thing. Which has got me thinking about what will happen when people who are now in their 20s and early 30s die. Especially if they die young. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Feb 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Best way to designate who will handle an individual's affairs?

I'm looking for the best way to get a document drafted that will allow an unmarried woman with three children designate that only two of her children will have the ability to handle her affairs should she pass on or become incapacitated. (NY State specific) [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Feb 6, 2013 - 9 answers

We all agree. Let's make it legal.

U.S. Lawyerfolk: Family member needs to make a simple will for a simple estate that is unlikely to be contested. Is LegalZoom or QuickenWills OK for something like this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I write guidelines for my obituary?

Should I write guidelines for my obituary? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Nov 30, 2012 - 26 answers

is something very wrong here ???

I have an ex who seems to be be depressed and has sent me a few emails telling me that we are all programmed by the "Source" that free will does not exist, that nothing depends on us etc and that the "Source" has decided that he would always be unhappy in love ! And that if the "Source" has decided that he would be unhappy, unaccomplished, alone then he must be happy with that decision. (He's 55, pianist/composer, not well known, gets by with the financial help of his parents., never been able to commit or live with a woman. His father is bi-polar, been hospitalised a few times for that). This is contrary to my world view, which I told him but I'm rather worried about where his mind is going. Any thoughts, help much appreciated
posted by hopefulmidlifer on Nov 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Never forget - she's my favourite!

Secretly removed as an executor by my father: how should I feel about this? [more inside]
posted by tulipwool on Nov 9, 2012 - 30 answers

Two will problem

A family member died. There exist two wills, one of which probably revokes the other - each was written in a separate jurisdiction (England, and Ireland). The solicitor of the later will is unwilling to release it to us. What are our next steps? [more inside]
posted by plonkee on Nov 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Last Will and Testament of the an Artist

Artists, what will happen to your writings music and artworks if/when you die? Any ideas? Do you have a will, and a clause with some legal language? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Oct 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Seeking Houston attorney to do a simple will

Looking for someone to do will/spillover trusts in Houston area. [more inside]
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons on Oct 15, 2012 - 2 answers

Estate-filter: How to cash a check made out to a long-inactive non-probate estate?

Misterben, my husband, is the sole beneficiary of the estate of his late grandmother, who died over twelve years ago. Last month, it came to light that his grandmother had a life insurance policy, and the insurer sent a check to Misterben's cousin D (his grandmother's niece, and the executor of the estate). Cousin D was unable to cash the check because it was made out in the name of the grandmother's estate. Neither the cousin nor Mr B have a copy of the will to prove that D is in fact the executor, since it was so long ago. The estate was too small to have gone into probate court, and neither Mr B nor cousin D remember the name of the lawyer who handled it. What can Mr B and/or his cousin do that would enable them to get the check cashed? The estate was in Florida, D lives in South Carolina, and Mr B lives in Washington state. There are no personal issues between Mr B and his cousin, and the cousin is happy to pass along the money once she can cash the check. It is a not huge but not insignificant amount, so he does not want to let it go.
posted by matildaben on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

How can my daughter's boyfriend find out what his grandfather's will says. He is named in the inheritance.

How can my daughter's boyfriend find out what his grandfather's will says? He is named in the inheritance. [more inside]
posted by sybarite09 on Sep 4, 2012 - 6 answers

How does Irish inheritance work?

What can you tell me about Irish inheritance, wills and power of attorney and similar legal things? [more inside]
posted by plonkee on May 30, 2012 - 1 answer

Brain Probe Causing Actions, & Falsely Thinking It Was Free Will

I'm looking for videos of people having their brain probed by a brain surgeon, causing them do or say things, but where they invent "reasons" for why they did or said those things, falsely believing they acted out of free will. [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Apr 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Calling all lizard experts

Please help me identify this lizard found at my home near Ft. Worth.
posted by punkfloyd on Apr 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Inheritance law question: death of named party prior to death of estate's owner?

Inheritance law question: death of named party prior to death of estate's owner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Mom died, no will, left us $500k mortgage, what next?

Mom died, left us a 500k mortgage,, no will, no bad blood between us two audit siblings. Some standard questions. What next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Do we have to use an attorney specified in a will?

Do my sister and I have to use the lawyer specified in my dad's will to handle his estate? More inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Will contest in Normam, OK

My friend wants to contest his mother's will. Recommendations to a good estate/wills/probate lawyer in the Norman, OK area? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person on Jan 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Where can I buy in bulk worthless currency?

Recently I learned that The Sims creator Will Wright stamps his name on worthless currency and uses that as his "business card". I find this very charming as he can keep his cards alongside his actual cash. I would like to do the same thing, with the cheapest currency I can find, but when I went to the currency exchange place down the road from me, the cheapest currency they had was still very expensive. Each "card" would have cost me like, 20 cents or something. Where can I buy stacks and stacks of worthless cash for rock bottom prices?
posted by Sully on Jan 5, 2012 - 15 answers

How bad is owning half a house?

What's the legal liability ramifications of owning half a house? (I already have a lawyer. I wanted a second/English opinion.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 - 17 answers

I was left as executor of a will, need a lawyer. Looking for advice.

Mother passed away, need to get court papers stating that I am the executor of the will. The will states that I am the executor, but it was never filed with a court. Courthouse says I must get a lawyer to get the paperwork if the will wasn't filed in a court of law before she died (which is was not). [more inside]
posted by Sufi on Dec 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Death and taxes

My father died and left me and my sister his house. He willed her 2/3 and me 1/3. She's currently living in the house and I am not. I would like my 1/3 in money so I can buy my own place. My sister is not willing to hand over the cash and says she will put the house on the market next year. We do have a really good relationship when it comes to anything other than money, meaning I don't push the issue because she reacts unfavorably. What are my options?
posted by TLCplz on Dec 12, 2011 - 41 answers

What is the most reliable and affordable way to create a will?

What is the best way to go about creating a legal/binding will in the most affordable manner possible? I am not sure if I should go to a brick and mortar lawyer and pay the going rate, or use an on-line service. Are the on-line sites a safe and reliable option? Are there state specific rules/laws that I need to worry about?
posted by Seymour Zamboni on Aug 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Needing cold hard facts and logistics for after mom dies.

What happens and what to do when I hear my mom dies 1,500+ miles away. What will the landlord do in the short term? Where does her body go? What happens to the cat? The medical bills? How do I unload fine art? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jul 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Is this person being investigated for fraud? Where is the money?

UK LegalFilter: Can you do a dead person for benefit fraud? What happens if you try? Details include a house sold privately, and a whole lot of uncertainty. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Inheritance issues in Hungary

Need estate/inheritance legal help in Hungary. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily on Jul 11, 2011 - 3 answers

End of life organization?

What do I need to know to prepare for my parents (hopefully far in the future) death? What should they have ready? What about to make my or my partner's death/incapacitaton easier on the other? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Jul 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Writing a will in D.C.

Looking for recommendations for a competent lawyer to help me create a will in Washington, D.C. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Jul 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Lawyer up, or download?

Our local credit union offers an estate planning program for a good price ($350 for a couple) which includes will, durable POA, healthcare POA, living will and HIPPA authorization. I want to do this. We have 2 children. My husband thinks we can save $ by downloading forms off the internet and getting them notarized. But I believe getting the package done at the credit union (prepared by a lawyer) is a better idea. Isn't it? [more inside]
posted by kirst27 on Jun 28, 2011 - 15 answers

Living Trust vs Will

Living trust versus a will for a married couple with minor children and moderate assets? [more inside]
posted by John Frum on Jun 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there a concise legal term or phrase to put into a will that will get this concept across?

Is there a concise legal term or phrase to put into a will that will get this concept across? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Preparing for my grand exit

Can anybody recommend a good estate attorney in San Francisco? We want to set up a will, and we undoubtedly need the whole estate-planning package (power of attorney, living trusts, etc). [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Apr 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Do we need a Living Trust?

In California, what are the benefits of a Revocable Living Trust and a will? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 - 4 answers

How Much Personal Information Should I Give Out When Being Designated An Heir?

How Much Personal Information Should I Give Out When Being Designated An Heir? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Apr 21, 2011 - 9 answers

How should I set up this trust

What are some ways to structure a trust? I'm setting up a trust so that if I die, my child would not have a sudden, relatively large windfall. I've got life insurance, 401k and quite a bit of equity in a house, and at this time, I think it would be problematic. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2011 - 11 answers

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