How do I find out if an estate has been closed? 34 Answers as of April 01, 2013

How do I get the deed to land that was left to me in a will? My lawyer is nowhere to be found. Who can tell me that the estate has been closed?

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Durham Jones & Pinegar | Erven Nelson
You can call the court, look up the case on the internet (in Clark County) or get a lawyer to help you.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 4/1/2013
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
You must have something with the case number. Go to your county's superior court web-site and look it up. If you don't have the case number you can still index the case number. You can also go to Calbar to get the status and address for your lawyer. What did we do before computers?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/21/2013
Law Office of Edward M. Burgh, APC | Edward M. Burgh
Do you have the estate number? If so, you can look it up. If not, you should check the county where she lived.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/20/2013
Law Offices of William J. Hagan
Law Offices of William J. Hagan | William J. Hagan
Generally, your best approach would be to contact the probate court for the district in which the decedent lived at the time of his or her death. If you are confident that you were named as a beneficiary, you would have likely received notice from the probate court when the estate was opened. I would ask the clerk of the probate court, having explained your circumstances, and you may get information most expeditiously in doing so. In the specific case you describe, where you need to know the status of a gift to you of real estate, I would also check the land records of the city or town in which the property was located. The index would show the estate as grantor and you as beneficiary if in fact: 1) there was such a gift made in the will; 2) the executor actually signed an executor's deed to you of that property, and 3) the deed was recorded. But once again, your most immediate interest is knowing whether the estate is still open, and the clerk of the probate court would be the best source of that information.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 2/20/2013
DOUGLAS A. TULL, P.C.
DOUGLAS A. TULL, P.C. | Douglas A. Tull
Check with the Probate Court for the county in which the decedent died - it would help if you have a Probate case number.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 2/19/2013
    Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C.
    Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C. | Bernard H. Greenberg
    You can visit the Court and review the file yourself. Second, you can engage a new lawyer who specializes in estates to assist you.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
    You can review the court probate file or have someone do it for you. Any estate that is closed will have a filed Order for Distribution.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    Go to the court where the estate was opened and look it up there.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Scott Polsky
    Scott Polsky | Scott Polsky
    I can do a records search for the deed and estate filing information. You also should retain a new lawyer to handle the estate if you cannot find the current estate lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Law Office of Pamela Braynon | Pamela Y. Braynon
    You can check with the clerk of court in the county where the decedent last resided to see if the estate has been probated completely. The personal representative, the person that the decedent wanted to administer their estate and normally named in the will, should have contacted you during the probate process. To get a copy of the deed you can obtain that from the public records of the county where the land is situated.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Richard J. Keyes Attorney at Law | Richard J. Keyes
    In Missouri, review the probate file at the probate court.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Randy M. Lish, Attorney at Law | Randy M. Lish
    Go to the court where the probate was filed, and look at the file.Your next step will depend on what you find out has already been done.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Law Offices of Gerald A. Bagazinski
    Law Offices of Gerald A. Bagazinski | Gerald A. Bagazinski
    You need to look at the paperwork your lawyer gave you. My recommendation would be to go to the county probate court in which the original probate estate was or would have been filed. My suspicion is that the estate was opened and administratively closed because there was no progress. A greater issue is who has been paying the property taxes on the property you were suppose to receive. If they have not been paid the property may revert back to the county. Time is of the essence as to the property taxes. I would go before the end of February and check it out. It is also possible the estate did not own the property. So the gift to you would have lapsed.You might want to check the grantor/grantee index at the Register of deeds to do a search on the property.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
    You should contact the estate attorney who handled the probate or review the court record. Generally speaking an order of final discharge is the last order when an estate closes. If you are still not sure you may need to retain another attorney to review the file.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Norman Reitz | Norman Reitz
    You should go to the County recorder.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Law Offices of Robert P Bergman
    Law Offices of Robert P Bergman | Robert P. Bergman
    If you know what county the person died in, and you know for a fact that there was a probate filed, you can go to the courthouse where probates are heard and look up the person's name and look at the actual probate file. If the estate was closed and the land was not transferred to you, the probate court file will show what happened to the property.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
    You were supposed to receive notice. If not, contact the court the will was filed with and ask if case is closed. Their response may be ask the attorney, and advise contact is not working. You can go to Register of Deeds for copy of deed. Will be a small copy fee, and you may have to look it up yourself. Unsure what happened to your attorney, but be careful about the fee he charges you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Law Office of Patricia A. Simmons
    Law Office of Patricia A. Simmons | Patrica A Simmons
    If a probate was initiated, you can go to the Probate court clerk's office and ask to review the file. If the estate has closed, there should be an order for final distribution signed by the judge in the file. If the estate has not yet closed, you may wish to file a Request for Special Notice with the estate's attorney to ensure you receive notice of any upcoming hearings.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP | Kathleen DeLacy
    The Register of Wills should be able to show you the status of where the estate is in the administration.
    Answer Applies to: Delaware
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Attorney At Law | James G. Maguire
    If the estate was opened and the will probated, the records would be in the district court for the parish of the decedent's residence. You can call the clerk of court and ask.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Law Office Of Victor Waid
    Law Office Of Victor Waid | Victor Waid
    Obtain yourself new probate legal counsel; before engaging counsel, examine the court probate file if there is a probate filing and make a copy fore the new attorney who can examine the file and make the recommendations necessary to close the estate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    You can contact the Court Administrator's Office in the County in which the probate is taking place. The entire file is a public record. You can view the file at any time.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C.
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C. | Brian Haggerty
    Go to the courthouse and review the estate file.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A.
    The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. | Laurie E. Ohall
    Depending on which county you are in, you may be able to go on the Clerks of Court's website for the county where the probate occurred and look it up online. The clerk's docket should tell you whether the case has been closed. If you are not able to look it up online, you can go to the Clerk of Court directly and ask to see the probate file.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    James Law Group
    James Law Group | Christine James
    Go to the courthouse and have the clerk pull the file. You can see everything that happened in the estate. You can also go to the county recorder's office to see if the title is in your name.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    You can go to the Court to review the file and see what the status is, or depending on the Court, you may be able to call the clerk and ask what the status of the probate is.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Law Offices of Charles R. Perry
    Law Offices of Charles R. Perry | Charles R. Perry
    If you have a copy of any document that was filed with the court, you can look up the status of the probate in the court's files. The list of documents of cases in many courts is on line. You can go to the county court website for the county where the estate was probated, use their database to search to find the names of documents under your case number. Counties have different systems for obtaining actual copies of documents, however.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Ben T. Liu Law Office
    Ben T. Liu Law Office | Ben T. Liu
    Check with the probate court clerk.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    The Wideman Law Center, P.C. | Susan Wideman Schaible
    Contact the Court where the estate was being probated.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody & Mendel, LLC | Daniel N. Hoffnung
    The Probate Court can tell you You should review file with the clerk and find out status of real estate.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Sebby Law Office
    Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
    The Executor has a statutorily-set amount of time to close up the estate - often about 12 months - but sometimes it takes longer than that. The local Probate Court should be able to tell you if a particular estate has been closed.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Frederick & Frederick PLC | James P Frederick
    Normally, the probate court can tell you. Some of the larger counties have files available online for review. If the estate is closed and the property has not been transferred, there is a potential problem. That could also be a potential problem for the attorney involved, as well. Michigan posts the contact information for practicing lawyers on the state bar website. You may want to check to see whether the lawyer has moved. If the lawyer is simply non-responsive, then you may need a new lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    THE BROOME LAW FIRM, LLC
    THE BROOME LAW FIRM, LLC | Barry D. Broome
    The executor can tell you. If you know the probate court in which the will was filed can also tell you.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 2/19/2013
    Stittleburg Law Office
    Stittleburg Law Office | Bernd Stittleburg
    The answer to your question would depend on whether a probate case was filed in the county where the deceased passed. If there is a probate case and you know the case number, you can go to probate court to determine the status of that case.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 2/19/2013
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