Can the executor of the will force someone else to pay for the probate? 2 Answers as of July 20, 2011

My step-father passed away in December. He crowned his oldest daughter to be the executor of his will. He had filed a will with an attorney several years ago, and it has to be probated. He and my mother were never legally married, but it stipulates in the will that he leaves the house and it's contents to her. She was going to sell the house to someone, but his daughter decided she wanted to buy it. Now, she has decided that she doesnt like the way my mother has treated her and has threatened to reposess our vehicles, which were in my step-dad's name, and informed my mother that she would send the will to her attorney to be probated, and my mother WILL pay for it. Can she force my mom to pay for the probate of the will? Does she have the right to take our vehicles? Thanks for your reply.

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Ashman Law Office
Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
No one has read the will to answer who can do what. You should, if you are interested in the outcome, take the will (or a copy) to a lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 7/20/2011
Donaldson Stewart, PC
Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
Generally speaking, the estate pays for the cost of its own probate. I can't answer your question about the vehicles because it is unclear from your question whether they will pass under the Will or by some other means.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 7/20/2011
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