Estranged from my mother Just found out that she passed away in April 2016 my brother did not tell me or anyone in the family. I know that my parents had a will and it was not changed up until the year 2001. That will stated that if my father passed my mother would inherit everything and when she passed my brother and I were to split what ever she had. I do know that she purchased a condo in the amount of 330K and had money left of 300K left after the sale of her home which sold for 600K. She was receiving my fathers pension and social security. I spoke with the attorney who had her will and he knew nothing of her passing. I can not afford to obtain an attorney to find anything out but would like to try on my own if possible. She lived in Brooklyn NY I live in PA Thank you
Call the Kings County Surrogate's Court.
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Wills are not filed anywhere. If you know who her attorney might have been, you could try contacting that attorney. Unfortunately, if you cannot locate the will, there is little you can do. The result would be that her estate would be distributed pursuant to intestacy law. Contact a wills/estates attorney to discuss the matter in detail.
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This set of facts really demands an investigation. The fact that your brother did not inform you of your mother's death is close to inhuman. My guess is that the key fact here is that you were estranged from your mother. That estrangement may have propelled her to establish bank accounts that were joint with others or that had designated beneficiaries. As an initial matter, you should find out if there was a probate or administration proceeding done in Brooklyn.
Good luck to you.
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