My mother has past on but is still at funeral home
Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:49 AM
Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:39 AM
In any event, life insurance proceeds and 401(k) proceeds would normally be payable to named beneficiaries. If there are none, then the proceeds would normally be part of the probate estate. As would the rest of her assets.
This is the problem: the one sibling took up donations for are mothers burial services paid the cemetery, then feels she should be reimbursed from the policy and also receive her 1/6, although the money was from donations not a out of pocket expense of hers.
What she feels is irrelevant. Funeral/burial expenses are generally paid from the probate estate. If someone paid the expenses, then that person would generally be entitled to reimbursement from the probate estate. If the sibling did not actually pay those expenses, then I would tell her to get lost.
It sounds as if someone needs to file to open probate and be appointed by the court to administer the probate estate before things get too far out of hand. You can get some info about probate in DC at the court website:
Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:44 AM
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