Sure you can ask. It sounds like the lawyer may not have any idea, however, unless the properties have been sold. The stock might be another matter, but it is generally a good idea to maintain a generous reserve to handle administrative expenses. That can be particularly true when there is real estate to maintain. So it may be the case that there is nothing to distribute at this time.
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I agree that you should ask and see what he says. If you feel that you are not getting a straight answer or want more you may need to hire an attorney to represent your interests.
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My colleagues are correct in that you can and should certainly ask for late grandfather's attorney about the distributions. If you are not satisfied with his answer, you may want to consider hiring your own attorney to protect your interests. Your late grandfather's attorney is not there to represent you.
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Your question does not explain whether this matter is being handled as a probate or it is some type of trust. Either way there should be a person in charge - a personal representative or a trustee. On rare occasions the lawyer acts as the PR or trustee but this is generally frowned upon. If there is someone else in charge, it is that person who has the responsibility to direct the lawyer. You can certainly start by calling the lawyer.
Also I am perplexed why this is dragging on so long. Four years is a bit long to liquidate and distribute an estate.
If you don't get satisfactory answers you should get your own lawyer. There are ways to compel action in the settling the e4state and to get an accounting for what has been done including any attorney fees. If this is a probate there is a court file that is public record. You can go to the courthouse where it is filed and request a copy of the court file. You can also write a letter to the probate judge expressing your concerns and the Judge will usually request the attorney to respond and explain what is going on.
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You raise a tricky issue. The estate's lawyer is not your lawyer.
If the estate lawyer chooses to talk to non-client heirs the following problems can arise;
1) The estate lawyer needs permission from his or her client to talk to non-clients.
2) If permission is given, non-client heirs can eat up a lot of time asking questions.Either the lawyer donates this time or bills this time to the estate.
3) If the estate lawyer talks to non-client heirs with the permission of his or her client, the non-client may get the false impression that the estate lawyer is giving the non-client advice and this creates an unhappy situation if later the client and non-clients get into a dispute.