My grandmother passed over a year ago, and I remember seeing a copy of the will and I thought I was in there for 10K. Long story short my great aunt started spending my grandmothers money before and after she passed, so my mom & her sisters took the great aunt to court, after a year of no one seeing any money.Sopposedly my great aunt had messed with the will, took out some pages and rearranged some money to where & who it would go and now its gone thru court and the only people getting anything is my mom & her 2 sisters. I dont understand if I was really sopposed to get 10K, or if it was just a cover up, but I find it odd that my grandmother didnt leave anything to her grandchildren, esp. her 2 favorites.How do I find this info out?
Your answer to your questions is going to be found in the proceeding that has already taken place. The file in that probate case, as well as everything filed throughout the litigation, is open to the public. If you care to learn more about it, you might consider contacting your mother's attorney (assuming he or she will talk to you) or reviewing the file for yourself or with the assistance of your own attorney.
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It sounds to me like maybe the court where the will was probated threw it out and considered your grandmother as dying intestate (without a will). In that case, its most likely that the court awarded the estate property to the "heirs at law" or your mom and her sisters. As my esteemed colleague suggested the best bet is to check out the file and then consult with a lawyer, either the one for the estate or another one in the court where the estate was opened. Good luck
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