Under Florida law he would have been required to file a copy of the Will with the County Clerk within ten days. It is likely the property was transferred without a Will and he had some type of ownership interest in it. You can search at the County Clerk website for the deeds and review how the actual transfer took place. My recommendation would be that you contact an Attorney who specializes in Probate Litigation.
There are several issues here that you raise, all of which can be sorted out by a good probate attorney representing your interests. I am assuming from your question that you mother was a resident of CA when she passed away. Is that correct? Even so, as my colleague pointed out, the will has to be turned over to the probate court in the county where she resided at her time of death. You will need to get an attorney from CA to represent your interests there. I see many issues with the will having been "drawn up" by your brother after she is already suffering from Alzheimers. Your time to challenge is running out. At least get a full accounting of what has occurred with the estate following your mother's death and then see what your attorney recommends as a follow-up. Good luck to you!
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I am sorry for your loss.
It sounds as if your mother was a CA resident. If so, it would be best if you worked with a CA attorney. A FL could write the CA probate attorney handling the estate but a CA attorney will be more familiar with the CA probate process and your rights, especially if you need to challenge the Will or probate process.
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You need to contact and consult with a California probate attorney to review your situation. If the estate was probated, the file is public record and may be available online, depending on which county.
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