It really does matter when you file probate, as opposed to the disingenuous response given me by Beal Bank that no matter when probate is filed, it makes no difference.
Well, bugger that. Had I filed probate immediately after my mother’s death, I would not have incurred the huge tax bill that I did when I filed change of ownership paperwork, on the advice of MGC Mortgage, Inc. aka Beal Bank, before I filed probate. When I could not pay the greatly inflated taxes, MGC was able to open an escrow account and get one tentacle around my home.
Now that probate has closed and the tax assessor knows who is the owner of the property, the reappraisal that was triggered will be eliminated and I am due a significant refund. This I will report to the FDIC, not that I expect the information to be of any use to me, but perhaps others who have dealings with Beal Bank have had this experience. I continue to believe Beal Bank is due for a serious audit, but I know it will not happen in our current corporate-supportive context.
I think the advice to file change of ownership docs constitutes giving legal advice, just as advising me about probate would be considered giving legal advice. There seems to be no way to beat a bank, no matter how crooked and corrupt it may be.
The law needs to serve the people. The law needs to be accessible to the people.
When are we going wake up to our diminishing rights and representation by those who have sworn to serve us?