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How do I leave a message to be read after my death?

I am writing a letter, which I would like to keep secret until after my death. In the movies it seems so easy, but how would one really go about doing it? [more inside]
posted by Myeral on Sep 5, 2014 - 11 answers

When the time comes, I will get a lawyer--

but right now, I just need some practical advice from someone who has experienced this. My family is estranged from my mentally ill homeless sibling (SiblingA. My father is quite old and ill, he is leaving his estate to my SiblingB and me. I am the executor. [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Jul 26, 2013 - 7 answers

How much should estate planning cost?

What would you expect to pay a lawyer for a suite of estate planning/healthcare documents that are more or less standard forms (i.e., no complicated trusts, just everything going to the other spouse)? I'm in Boston, but data points from comparably priced areas are welcome. Also, are there documents I'm forgetting in the list inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 28, 2013 - 9 answers

I'd prefer water: How can I sever the ties of next of kinship?

My family are terrible. I've recently, with the help of therapy and mortality staring me down, finally cut ties to their toxic presence. How can I make sure that they're never legally or otherwise involved in my life again? In the US, married, very ill. [more inside]
posted by sweltering on Mar 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Which jurisdictions have databases of powers of attorney documents?

Which jurisdictions have databases of powers of attorney documents? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jan 30, 2013 - 4 answers

One of these citizenships is not like the other...

My friend, a dual Canadian/American citizen living in the UK, is discussing the terms of a trust with her (US) father. By the time she inherits, she may have given up US citizenship. Does this need to be mentioned so they can account for it now? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Milwaukee Estate Lawyering and Maid Service, Inc.

A few recommendations needed for a new resident of Milwaukee. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Do we lawyer up?

Do we need a lawyer to deal with a small probate estate case in Illinois? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2012 - 3 answers

What do I need to do to prepare for my own death?

What do I need to do to make sure all my affairs are in order in case I die? I have no kids and don't own property. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 - 19 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

What does it mean to be someone's legal guardian?

What questions should my partner and I ask my brother and sister-in-law before we agree to be named in their wills as the legal guardians of their young son, should anything happen to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 - 8 answers

How do wills work?

What is the standard way that divorced parents with new partners (who also have children) organise their wills? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Dec 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Intestacy testiness

My dad died intestate, in Indiana, in 2003. My mom took all of his estate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 8 answers

"We're giving it all to them, but don't worry, they have your best interests at heart!"

My aged parents are planning to cash in all their stocks and put them into an account in my two brothers' names to reduce the amount of money payable in fees to the government upon their demise. They have told me, more or less, not to worry, and not to doubt the good intentions of my siblings. How to respond to this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 30 answers

Sibling money disparity stuff

How to best reach an agreement on a fair settlement percentage after the sale of our family home? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Oct 25, 2011 - 19 answers

How to deal with a dead relatives property

My estranged uncle died and we're trying to figure out how to go about getting into his home and collecting/transferring property. The catch: multiple legal name changes and several aliases. [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Oct 19, 2011 - 17 answers

Lawyer now or later?

Uncle has passed - when do we lawyer up? [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on Aug 20, 2011 - 7 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

New York State Law: Why would a self-proving affidavit be rejected by the probate court, and what can be done about it?

My father passed away in February, and left a very simple will - a 50/50 split between my sister and myself. His estate is very small, so we are trying to keep legal fees down as much as possible. The will and supporting documentation have been submitted to the NY probate court. One of the probate clerks is objecting to an irregularity in the self proving affidavit that's holding up the whole process. (The will itself seems to be sound.) Somehow this affidavit was screwed up by the notary. [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro on Jul 5, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I choose the best option for my kid?

In the event of our untimely demise, to whom shall we leave the children? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Bleak House?

Living trust, probate, ack, what does this all mean? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Jan 16, 2011 - 14 answers

artificial insemination after death?

Is it legally and medically possible to set up something in a living will so that the surviving spouse can harvest eggs/sperm from the comatose spouse in order to (potentially) produce a child later? Plus bonus living will questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Is a site like legalzoom okay for doing an irrevocable living trust?

Is a site like legalzoom okay for doing an irrevocable living trust, or is that an insane idea? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jun 9, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I find out what my great-aunt's will says?

How can I find out what my great-aunt's will says? [more inside]
posted by Monday on Mar 8, 2010 - 3 answers

Where's Waldo?

Waldo is named as an inheritor in Billy's will. But no one has any contact information for Waldo. What happens? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher on Mar 1, 2010 - 12 answers

The Care of Our Child is Left to . . .

What is a reasonable cost for setting up a will? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Feb 24, 2010 - 23 answers

My Mom won't be around forever... preparation help.

My mom was diagnosed with Small-Cell Lung Cancer about a month ago. Her prognosis is not so good... her doctor is estimating one to two years with chemo. Last night, my mom and siblings got together to discuss her wishes, wills, money, etc. Unfortunately, there are still issues that were left unresolved. In fact, I feel like we left with more questions than answers. [more inside]
posted by Swede78 on Nov 30, 2009 - 20 answers

Is my bequest entailed?

Received a bequest that apparently has strings attached. Is this possible, and if so, is it enforceable? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Sep 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Wills and estates lawyer in Vancouver

Looking for a good lawyer in Vancouver, BC, specializing in wills and estates, to revise our wills and give us more general legal advice about estate planning. How should we go about this, and what criteria should we use? (My wife and I are early 40s, two children under 10, middle class.)
posted by russilwvong on Aug 5, 2009 - 2 answers

Disinherit me, please!

What steps do I have to take to ensure I do not inherit anything from my family's estate, even if I'm included in the will? [more inside]
posted by medea42 on Jul 1, 2009 - 17 answers

Can you recommend a Seattle-area lawyer to write my will?

Can you recommend a lawyer in the Seattle area to write my will? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Feb 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Should we get a co-executor for the estate?

My father and mother recently named me as executor of their modest estates. However, as I have no experience with this, they believe it may be helpful for me to have a co-executor, and my father has set up a meeting with a lawyer in Boston. (My parents live in Virginia, and I live in New York). Can anyone offer insight into what questions I should ask the prospective co-executor, or what the possible pros and cons are for having a "professional" co-executor?
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2008 - 7 answers

How to change a will?

Relative C receives power of attorney over Relative A. Relative C wants to change the will. Relative A, on her good days, agrees. Their lawyer won't let this happen, claiming conflict of interest. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Where does a will get executed if I die somewhere other than where the will was written?

Where does a will get executed if I die somewhere other than where the will was written? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Apr 14, 2008 - 4 answers

What to do when a parent squanders inheritance designated for both of you?

Inheritance question: what can you do when a parent backs away from a signed agreement to distribute funds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2007 - 32 answers

Is this the unauthorized practice of law in New York?

Is helping family from New York prepare wills and trusts the "unauthorized practice of law" if I'm an attorney from a different state? [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 on Dec 6, 2007 - 7 answers

Where can I find some more great Johnny Gimble Recordings?

What are some more great Johnny Gimble recordings? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Nov 21, 2007 - 1 answer

trusts and wills

If a person has a trust and then dies, does the executor HAVE to disperse the assets as instructed in the trust/will? What's to stop him from just keeping everything, or rearranging the distribution? I was recently left a piece of property, but I am worried the executor (my brother) will try to sell the property to pay the estate taxes rather than dipping in the brokerage account (which was left to him). Or would there be another, separate account dedicated to paying the estate taxes? My brother is not entirely honorable about these things, and the brokerage account far exceeds the value of the house. Does anyone know how much latitude he has?
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2007 - 11 answers

Where there's a will, there's an estate lawyer (Toronto recomendations sought)

Estate-lawyer-in-Toronto-filter. We need to make wills. We're just a couple with kids -- not much of an estate nor any complicated plans. (And we're apparently not any good at following through on the plan to write them up ourselves :-) Any lawyer recommendations? We're in South Riverdale if it makes any difference. (Feel free to plug yourself if you are one)
posted by winston on Jun 9, 2007 - 1 answer

How to leave large sums of money to a drug addict?

Leaving Money to Drug Addicts Filter: My parents have re-written their will, which leaves all of their assets equally to myself and my step-brother. Considering that my step-brother is a drug addict (we also believe that he is a dealer, though he has yet to be arrested as such, so we don't know for sure), this becomes very complicated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2007 - 35 answers

Using www.legalzoom.com for a will?

Anyone had a will prepared through www.legalzoom.com? Care to share how it went? Or have recommendations to another online "will mill", or strong arguments against using one? [more inside]
posted by de void on Oct 16, 2006 - 6 answers

How can I get the money?

British Inheritance Tax question: help me foil a dying man's wishes. [more inside]
posted by greytape on Sep 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Keep saving for that plasma screen or prepare to die?

What is a reasonable cost for the preparation of a will? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Jun 27, 2006 - 15 answers

Life estates

My elderly mother’s assets are nearly all tied up in her house. She needs cash now for expenses and she refuses to consider a reverse mortgage. One of my two siblings recommended establishing a life estate to protect mom’s home for her to live in, while one of us three buys the remainder estate to provide her the cash to live on. The remainder estate is valued at two thirds the appraised value of Mom’s house. Our mother’s will currently reads that her estate will be divided equally three ways on her death, and she is unlikely to change it. Is it possible that the sibling who buys the remainder estate could actually end up with much more of the total estate than the others by receiving a free-and-clear deed to the house upon our mother’s death while having actually paid only a fraction of its cost (the appraised value minus the value of Mother’s life estate and their own one third interest in the cash value left over from the remainder estate?)
posted by hdfische on May 1, 2006 - 3 answers

Because it's never too early

I'm 20. How do I go about preparing a legal will and ensuring it will be paid due attention if I should die? And who should I pick as my executor? I live in Maryland. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Apr 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Do my wife and I need a lawyer to write a will? (Georgia, USA)

Not only am I not a lawyer, I don't have one, either.

Do I need one for my wife and I to write a simple will, mostly to specify who should take care of our daughter in case of mutual demise? We live in Georgia, US.

Yes, I know... I should ask a lawyer...
posted by jpburns on Jan 9, 2004 - 18 answers

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