How do I get my inheritance back

Asked over 1 year ago - Spokane, WA

Some years ago I had to retire due to physical disabilities and do receive SSDI benefits. I had some monthly inheritance coming I was erroneously told at the time would interfere w/my SSDI so I put it in my son's name, now found out its ok to have it. I am 70 and totally disabled, live alone and want my inheritance back but now my son refuses to sign the deed to give it back! How can I get it back? He is getting it and keeping it and its mine before he was ever born, he knows why I put it in his name and now for some craziness thinks its his and won't sign the deed I need signed to get it back. What can I do to stop him from receiving this and somehow get it back to me. I worked all my life still my SSDI is not that much and I really need MY inheritance back now. Am so disappointed in him

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  1. Justin Eric Elder

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    Answered . I'm so sorry to hear this. Like the other attorneys have said, it may be very difficult to get it back. However, you mentioned that you were "erroneously told at the time" that you should give it to your son. Was it an attorney who told you to do that? If that is the case, you may have a legal malpractice claim.

    Either way you wish to proceed, you would most likely benefit from the advice of a good attorney.

    This posting is for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client... more
  2. Joseph Michael Pankowski Jr

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    Answered . I am very sorry for your circumstances. Unfortunately, it appears that you have made an irrevocable transfer to your son and he is legally entitled not to give the inheritance back. You may wish to consult with an attorney regarding the circumstances of the transfer to see if something can be done. Good luck to you.

    This information is presented as a public service. It should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor... more
  3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

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    Answered . It appears you made an irrevocable gift and most liklely will not prevail in a court proceeding to get your property back. You could argue a "mistake" theory but have very limited chances of success.

    The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of... more
  4. Matthew C Albrecht

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    Answered . Most of the prior answers are right on point. I would only add to be very careful in alleging it wasn't really a gift but was transferred to avoid losing eligibility in any federal program or to avoid tax consequences, because under certain circumstances that can be illegal and can carry serious consequences of its own. Certainly be doubly cautious in posting anything describing your motives in a public forum, and certainly consult with an attorney who can confidentially review your alternatives.

    I only practice in Washington State and may not practice in your area. This answer is a brief hopefully helpful... more
  5. James P. Frederick

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. Your summary highlights the importance of getting legal advice BEFORE you take action that would likely be irreversible. One thing that you CAN do is to make sure that your estate planning is current and complete. You will want to consider leaving any other assets to someone other than your son, because it would appear that he has taken an "advancement" on his inheritance. You also want to consider naming someone else to make financial and medical decisions for you, in the event that you become incapacitated. You may not be able to undo what was previously done. But you have the right and the ability to make arrangements for the future. This should all be done properly through an attorney, of course. It should not be expensive.

    James Frederick

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