Background: in April, my dad passed away and I am trying to sort things out for my mom. My mom is the executor of the estate, and there is a will that bequeaths everything to my mom that is not being contested, but has not been probated. So far this has not been a problem. I have most of the stuff worked out, but i'm having some trouble with the cars. My parents own 1 car, a Subaru and are making payments on a second car, a Chrysler Van. Both were in my dads name, but we can not locate the title on the Subaru. Oh yeah... we live in NH.
The plan is to move both of them out of my fathers name and into my mothers name, and then ultimately we want to sell both of them and buy another car outright.
So the Subaru... we went to the local town hall and asked for a new title in my moms name. We were told to order a duplicate title in my dads name (and given the form), and then take that title back to them and request that the title be reissued in my moms name. This seems ridiculous, has anyone done this before? Is this really the best way to do this?
The Chrysler... Since we don't own this, we were told to contact Chrysler and let them know that my dad was dead and that my mom was taking over the loan. That seems fairly strait forward. But I had a thought, and wondered if anyone who works at a dealership or has done this could answer for me. The question is... Can we skip this step? Since we want to sell the car will the dealership take the car in a trade if we show them a death certificate or something?
As a side note, I am not interested in doing a private sale for the Chrysler. My mom lives 2 hours away from me and can not handle showing the van to prospective buyers and I can't run back and forth to facilitate a private sale either.
Thanks for everyone's help!