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The other names were revealed because they were based on estate inventory data in a probate court that is deemed to be public information.
The decision from Judge David King came Tuesday in a lawsuit that Carman’s aunts have filed against him in probate court in Concord, N.H.
Probate battle Three weeks after Cotter’s death, Ruth Cotter filed an application asking the probate court to appoint her the temporary administrator of his estate.
Carman, 24, had sought the dismissal of the lawsuit, which his aunts filed in a New Hampshire probate court, on jurisdictional grounds, but Judge David D. King denied his motion in a ruling dated May 30.
Judge David King scheduled a 10-day trial in probate court in the case of Nathan Carman, starting in 2019.
The time frame for that In Connecticut is usually seven years, but someone can petition the probate court before then and present evidence to the probate judge.
The property, which was listed for $1.1 million, sold through a probate court.
The process to declare a missing person dead is handled through probate court and can take years, according to California law.
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Financial Definition of PROBATE COURT
What It Is
Probate court is a section of the court system that transfers money and property from the deceased to heirs, beneficiaries or other entities.
How It Works
John Doe writes a will. In his will, he leaves his house to his sister, Mary, and his car to his son. He leaves nothing to his wife. Then John dies. His wife discovers that John’s will says he does not want her to receive the house or the car. However, the state’s laws state that because she was married to John at the time of his death, she is in fact entitled to those assets. Mary and the son disagree.
The estate goes to probate court, as do many estates large and small. Many people think they don't need to do any sort of estate planning, and they think that the existence of a simple will does the job. However, wills are simply legal documents that express the decedent's intentions for burial and to whom he or she wishes to pass money and property (the estate) when he or she dies. An actual judge has to allow the transfer of that money and property from the decedent's accounts to the beneficiaries' accounts. This procedure (probate) opens the door for relatives or third parties to contest a will and for a judge to interpret (or misinterpret) John Doe’s wishes, both of which can tie up an estate in court for years.
Why It Matters
Probate fees can cost thousands and thousands of dollars. There are also executor fees, court fees, recording fees, and attorney fees. In many cases, these fees must be paid as the estate is probated, meaning that the heirs will need to come up with the money fairly immediately after a person's death. In many cases, the heirs either have to sell the assets they've inherited just to pay the taxes and fees, or they have to borrow money to do so.
Establishing a trust often aids greatly in this situation because it allows a person to transfer legal title of his or her property to another person while they're still alive, potentially saving thousands in probate fees (and taxes). A trust also gives the trustee (the person acting on behalf of the decedent) the authority to distribute assets immediately to the beneficiaries based on the terms of the trust. No court is involved, so there are no probate fees and no public record of the value of the estate. Trusts are not for everyone, however, so it is important to seek proper financial advice.
PROBATE COURT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of probate court for English Language Learners
law : a court that proves wills are valid
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