Posts by galeallison

Can a stepparent leave everything to a stepchild in her will?

Dear Ms. Allison: My stepmom passed away and left everything to me in her will. She has two sisters contesting the will. A lawyer told me that it’s possible I could get nothing cause I’m considered a stranger. Also said the judge would decide who gets what. Is this true? If so what’s the purpose…

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Can you name co-Powers of Attorney?

Dear Ms. Allison: Is it possible to name two people as “co” powers of attorney and as co-medical powers of attorney? One is an immediate family member and is local. She would also be an heir, as well as her children. The other is out of town and would not be an heir. However, he…

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Do I Have The Right To My Dad’s Ashes?

Dear Ms. Allison: My dad and mom are still legally married. He passed away in another state and his girlfriend of 3 years has his ashes. She won’t even give us none of his ashes or none of his belongings. I am his kid, so can I sue her for his ashes? Or how would…

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How Much Can Be In A Trust Before It Is taxable?

Dear Ms. Allison: How large can a Trust become before it is taxable by the federal government and is there such a thing as a Sub-Trust or Smaller Trust outside the original? Thanks, PT in NE Oklahoma Dear PT: Your question is difficult to answer due to the many different taxes that could attach and…

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Can Stepfather Change Mother’s Home to His Name?

Dear Ms. Allison: My mother died a couple of years ago. When she did, my stepfather put his name on the house. It is the house my grandmother gifted to my mother to give to me and my sisters upon her passing. My mother did not get around to writing a Will and putting the…

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Do mediation papers not filed in court have to be followed?

Dear Ms. Allison: The non-custodial parent and I went to mediation and couldn’t agree on things. My old lawyer and the mediator told me to just the sign papers agreeing to what the non-custodial wanted because a judge would just give the non-custodial what he wanted. Afterwards, I found a new lawyer and asked questions.…

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