Why did my cousin not get the house when his wife died?
My Uncle told me of an event years ago. His son's wife died. They were legally married, etc. My Uncle and his son were confused to find out that alot of legal fees were going to be needed to get the house into the husband's name.
The amount was close to $10,000 in legal fees.
I hired a lawyer once and it was $225 an hour.
For the math, let's use $250 an hour and $9,000 total.
That would be 36 hours of legal fees for a house when the wife died.
That's alot of hours over a deed when:
1. they were married when they bought the house
2. and married when she died
3. and then there is "right of survivorship."
The truth is, no matter what occupation it is, there are dishonest persons.
Without some reasonable explanation, the next quickest theory is the lawyer took them for a ride. To this day they do not understand the cost and why.
Standard will, they were not separated or divorced, one child.