I have been forced to swallow to ‘estate rapes’. One my father where all belongings were preceded by my grandparents and I was the sole child to gain with exception of my father naming a half-sister executrix, as HER father who never gave a dime in support, and by doing so cost ME a less than better life. In the end, he left her $50K…my father knew she had this money and thought to himself, if there be trouble in court, she will be able to get it through probate and to ME.
She agreed to all of this, but they screwed up the will. He didn’t date it, SHE did after he died. The witnesses who sign the will are NEVER to be anyone who might GAIN from the estate and yet the judge allowed the signatures of both HER daughter, my niece, and her Boyfriend, who would later live with her - rent free- for years.
She still lives in the home my grandparents paid for and my father entrusted for her to be the conduit, and only a conduit so that I may receive my only bit of inheritance. She declared through the entire course of probate matters to be nothing but a conduit. We spoke of making her PART of the estate, but it was never made legal. She instead, let probate pass. No notifications as the first thing they unscrupulous people try to get you to sign is a Waiver of Notification. I was told by my Dad’s long time attorney guiding my half-sister, who had no blood or other rights to my property and knew for certain my grandparents NEVER recognized them as part of the family lineage. They had their own and have gained from it AND NOW mine.
She has lived in my house for over 4 years. I got a check one for $5,000. I made her sign the receipt for this money stating it was merely a small portion of a larger amount to be determined.
The courts do not care at all and will often side on whatever decision is least likely to be appealed and more likely to speed the process offering them as little work as possible. Bring up something that would blow the whole thing up, they tend to ignore it as it would mean more work and research of statutes and precedent. They disgust me almost as much as a person I once called sister, sits in my home, sucking any equity out of the home for her children.
It has been years now and I have only one option. I must look to criminal justice system for the errors and downright criminal decisions made by my ex-sister. Fraud, Malfeasance, Forgery, along with the attorney who aided her knowing full and well what my father’s wishes were and even talking to me after Dad died to be sure I wanted the will to go thru as is, and I explained she was a conduit only, had agreed to be a conduit only, etc., to whit, he did nothing more to keep his loyalty to my father and myself.
I believe criminal charges can be filed as long as within time limitations. And it’s probable probate court holds no sway at this point as you are given a specific amount of time to go to the court and state objections. I never did this as during this period of time, I was led to believe all was going as we planned and it was just a matter of time before I was given the money from the sale of the house, or given the house title. So, probate judges will not hear it. And given, these laws vary state by state, probate court and estate law can be some of the nastiest to get tied up in.
Good luck to all and if you are planning estate, make it airtight and prepare for tricks from your best friends and closest loved ones and be sure you get what you want to the people it belongs. Estate planning is Priority #1. Number 2 would be after someone dies, get everything in writing and record it all at least in audio. Every call, conference, etc. And anything you communicate, do so by registered mail and have all docs notarized to prove their content.
I could go on, but it is moot given the state laws in play it is sorely pointed out how impossible it is to be a pro in probate…and if you find a pro----it will cost you and still come out the way the judge wants it to go, regardless of right and wrong.
Sorry i couldn’t be more help. Just offered what advice and examples as I could. First time posting here. Am a poster in other Q&A sites for years.
Trust no one.