Family property sold way under value without notice to beneficiaries. No distribution of family antiques. From what it looks like almost 20% of the estate went to the PR and his attorney and I don't know if that's typical. I think I need an attorney but if probate is over what kind of attorney?
Sounds like you needed an attorney several months ago. Probate is now closed, the Estate has been distributed, there has been no inventory and accounting, and you are just now considering hiring an attorney to help you protect your inheritance?
What kind of attorney? A very understanding one. And a very good one. Unwinding this and getting justice is going to take the work of a very capable attorney.
Best of luck to you.
A good lawsuit attorney is who you need to speak with. Now, as noted by my colleague, action should have been taken before, but you still can sue for breach of fiduciary duty and other claims, depending on the facts. This will be time-consuming and costly.
First you need an attorney to review the entire file and facts and determine if there is a good claim or not. You will have to prove your case and the PR is presumed to have done their job. If the PR filed an action to have the court approve their fees (or a release was required to close the estate), you face even longer to close to impossible odds.
This answer is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice regarding your question and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
Any right to sue likely will depend on whether the estate was formerly closed. If it was formally closed, that proceeding is a final adjudication of the rights of the creditors and beneficiaries that can be set aside on limited grounds. Even if the estate was not formally closed, there is a short statute of limitations to bring action that may bar any claim. Any claim asserted at this point will be costly to pursue.
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