<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face=" Arial, Verdana, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by kaydi:
My mother passed away.....I am the only heir....I live in Lane County Oregon.....she
never made a new will before she died.....how long do I have to put the house that was in her name only into mine??????? What else do
I need to know???????
Assuming the house is paid in full, you need to see a Probate Attorney to file a Petition and have her estate closed to your name. That is, the judge will issue "Letters Testamentary" to you, which are instructions to allow the title to the house to be changed to your name. This procedure is also true for all bank accounts, and other things, like vehicles, or safe deposit boxes, etcetera, that are still in your mother's name. Without "Letters" from the court, you cannot gain access to these items or claim ownership. This is also important for you when you want to insure any of these items; i.e., in order to insure property, you must have an ownership interest. The mere fact that you are an only heir, and that your Mom died, does not automatically and legally confer ownership upon you.
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