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Amy Beth Beller

Amy Beller’s Answers

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  • My Dad passed away in Feb. leaving a $2M+ estate. My Mother probated the will last week. I was written out in 2006! Need help!

    My only sister has "controlled" my parents for the past 30+ years and now has virtually "acquired" all of their assets. In 2011 my 84 yr. old Mother killed a motorcyle rider after running a red light. She's being sued for everything. I recently...

    Amy’s Answer

    If your mother has mental capacity and if she is acting of her own volition, she is free to make lifetime gifts of her assets. However, you are correct that under these circumstances the transfers could be considered fraudulent. As for your father's passing, it may have been due in part to neglect but it is unlikely that would be a basis for any criminal investigation or legal action. I agree that you should probably consult a lawyer. However, the best way to try to regain your inheritance is for you to work on your relationship with your mother.

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  • Does a lawyer need the original copy of the will to go to probate court?

    My lawyer took the original copy of the will. There are family problems, and one of the problem family members found this attorney through her sources. Since I signed the paperwork to hire this attorney, he gives me no information, does not return...

    Amy’s Answer

    The original is required unless it is lost or destroyed (other than by the decedent). You should be able to check on-line with the Clerk's office in your county to see if the Will was filed. Other answers are correct -- if you lack confidence in the lawyer and you are already having concerns, you need to hire a new lawyer. Good luck.

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