It wasn't left in his will
Criminal Defense Attorney
Without knowing any more details, I would say it is not safe. You say there is a will that did not talk about this money. Most wills have what lawyers call a “residuary clause” where if that particular item is not mentioned, the asset would be distributed to the “residuary beneficiary.” As an example, I might give my gold watch to my oldest son, and give anything I haven’t specifically itemized to my wife. What the wife gets is “all the rest.” It may be that this money you are talking about is part of the “residuary.”
I suggest you find an experienced estate attorney to review the will and all of the facts you know about. Do this before you spend any of the money.
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Yes, based on your limited facts. As my colleague properly questions, how did he "leave" something to you without a will?
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My GUESS is that the money was left by way of beneficiary designation. If that is the case, then the money would pass outside of probate and outside the control of the Will. Given the relative was "iffy," however, you have more reason to be cautious than you might otherwise. I would recommend you consult with a probate attorney to review this, so you know where you stand.
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