Your post is unclear. is "He" a lawyer? By "filed a claim" do you mean there is a lawsuit?
If your accident was over 2 years ago and a lawsuit has been filed, the answer as to how long is something only your lawyer will know.
If you accident was over 2 years and no suit was filed, you get zero and the insurer stops negotiating. If that is the case you need to see a lawyer about suing your lawyer.
Folks like Allstate, State Farm and Safeway (to name three of the stingiest and most...
It's not an inheritance, because she's alive.
Your mother MAY need to file a federal gift tax return. She can give $14,000 per person ($28,000 if she gave two SEPARATE gifts, one to you and one to your wife) or after January 1, 2013 with no return needed. (The figure was $13,000 if this happened in 2012).
Unless the gifts were very large even if a return is needed there may not be a tax. Consult your CPA if the per person gift exceeded the amount listed.
Your attorney will be best equipped to tell you so you should call him as he will have experience with your adjuster (hopefully you didn't foolishly do this without a lawyer, as claimants without lawyers average settlements that are 70% lower than ones who used a lawyer. If you did that, there's no one who will know the answer).
As you may be aware, the two worst major insurers in the U.S. are Allstate and State Farm. The good hands and good neighbors stuff in their ads is baloney. They don't tend to treat claimants fairly compared with their better competition.
Your attorney is the only one who can answer your question. In many cases, when you reject an offer there won't be another one (or any new one will be close to the old one), and you're gambling that you may do better at trial (your lawyer can assess if...
The answer depends completely on the exact wording of the will (and perhaps on what was not put in it). Well-written wills contain the answer, and the answer can either be yes or no. Showing the whole will to a lawyer will get you a quick answer.
This is an issue that can generate court battles. To read one that reached the Georgia Supreme Court less than a year ago look at Stewart v Ray http://www.gasupreme.us/sc-op/pdf/s11a0777.pdf
Make sure that a lawyer assists in this probate...
It sounds sadly that you hired one of the bankruptcy mills, rather than a sole practitioner or small firm where you meet and work with the lawyer who is going to court with you. That really matters a great deal to clients, but once you file a case and pay, it's pretty late in the process to change.
You could certainly seek a second opinion to review your case with another attorney such as myself just to make sure nothing major appears wrong, but the main thing your post may do is warn...