My father has been deceased for many years, I have many half siblings but have stayed away from them because of fear that they might sue me or otherwise try to fight me for my portion of our deceased fathers estate. He was a musician, and we receive divided royalties. Court decision was made in the 80's. Should I feel safe to reach out to them now? What about future projects and splits?
Did they get notice of the original probate and distribution? If so, they had until the court made its decision to object.
If not, the almost 30 years is probably more than long enough. Also, if you had no way of contacting them, the published notice of probate may be sufficient.
By now, they should have known that your father was deceased.
When the person gives you money, the person has an attorney and the attorney has a client, but not until then. Inspired by words of Abraham Lincoln
Was there a will? Was there a trust? Was there a probate? If your dad died without a will or trust and the estate was probated, they should have received notice and a share of your father's estate. It would be hard to say what their rights are without more information but if they received notice about your father's estate and have not sued you yet, they may not but then again it is hard to say not knowing the people involved.
The estate orders are in place and they would have the burden to prove why a distribution order should be set aside and at this stage it would be next to impossible to do that. As to future "projects" and "splits" if they are already ordered, then it would be difficult for them to set aside an order that is as old as this one is. I would need to read the orders of the estate's distribution as to what specific rights they may still have.
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