Do I need an estate attorney if my aunt deeded her house to me but I didn’t register it?

My grandmother passed last month. She has a Will which was done 10 years ago and of which I am the executor. She left me her house and all possessions. About 5 months ago she did the paperwork and included me on the deed; it’s notarized and signed. I did not register the deed; should I? There is also a mortgage left on the house. She has no credit card debt but she has hospital bills. A letter was sent to her home from DCM asking for the executor of her estate.

Asked on March 12, 2015 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Please go and speak with an attorney in your area and bring all the paperwork. generally speaking, a deed that was properly executed can be filed at any time.  My concern here is that DCM is going to say that she trasnferred the asset to avoid creditors and that it is an invalid transfer under the law.  Ask for a consultation flat rate fee so you know the path you have to take.  Good luck.


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