I am the oldest daughter of 4 for our mother. My mother died on Feb 17th, 2019 from Alzheimer's and was in a home for 6 years. I live in London but my siblings (one older brother, one younger sister and one younger brother) live in Pittsburgh, Pa. where we were all born and raised. Throughout the many years of my mother's life I came to see her, whether in Pittsburgh, Florida or North Carolina, where she lived. My mother was in Bradenton, Florida from 1984 and lived there until she got too ill to care for herself (she died age 94, but was moved to Pittsburgh where my younger brother took her in, about age 88) and then to a Nursing home for constant care. My brother owned her condo and my younger brother who is very wealthy paid for us to come to Pgh from London (my 22 year old daughter and I). Needless to say I have been estranged from this family because my older brother tried to steal our inheritance from my father's estate 20 years ago and I have not spoken to him or my sister since. But here I was, successful at getting some of what was owed for myself and my daughter back then with my half sister. NOW my younger brother refuses to show me our mother's Will! Help!
I'm so sorry for your loss and for the additional aggravation. If an estate was filed for her, the will is on file in the office of the Register of Wills in the county where she resided. Contact the Register's office about getting to see a copy of the will and any other documents.
For more help you need to talk to an attorney who practices in the county where the estate has been opened and get some assistance with this.
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Attorney Rabin is correct. You must also realize that there may not be any funds in the estate because of the payment of nursing home care for six years, but you should definitely check to see what is going on.
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