Sister has mothers will and other siblings don't agree things are fair. Is it a losing battle to contest a will and just leave it to whatever mother has left us? There is quite a bit of land involved in NY.
Criminal Defense Attorney
The Estate pays. Consult a Trusts and Estates lawyer to see if it there are grounds to contest the will.
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Estate Planning Attorney
If the probate is still pending, any party with standing can petition the Surrogate's Court to become a fiduciary with limited powers - either a Temporary Administrator or a Preliminary Executor, depending upon the local rules. Once appointed, the fiduciary can collect certain liquid assets of the Estate and use them to pay the property taxes - and other expenses, in some instances.
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