My dad wrote us letters telling each child what he left them but when he was dying his wife had a secret will made and left us nothing, not even a dollar. She told us she had no will and was going to give us letters and money but 10 months latter she and her daughter say they have a will and sent us copies leaving us out. She will noteven give us our letters. He had 2 sets of kids. He abandoned 2 of us and did not ever support us and said he was leaving it to make up for never giving us anything when left with our grandparents. Our mom was sick and most of the time in a hospital. He had nothing when they married and she had 6 kids and worked in the businesses the same as he did. When they seperated she got nothing
For a will to be valid in Alabama, it must be in writing, signed by the testator and witnessed by 2 people. A letter that is not witnessed by 2 people woudl not qualify as a will. The person signing must be of sound mind (which is a low standard). That means that he or she must know what property they have and who their heirs are. They must also not be under undue influence by anyone to force them to sign the will.
If your step-mother had your father execute a will, you will have to be notified of the probate since you are a heir at law.
You need to contact a probate attorney as soon as possible.
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