Did they leave wills behind, a trust. Oral statements are worthless, and what did they have that you know about?
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They either had wills or died intestate.
If they had wills-they would control.
If not-the state statutes would control.
Verbal promises are not valid.
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I agree with the other attorneys, however, if you can show that the person that passed had a prior will, trust, etc. and you were included, but by virtue of some duress, undue influence, fraud, or if the person changed the will or trust after they were no longer of sufficient capacity as a result of improper act(s) by a third party upon that person or otherwise and you were excluded, you would arguably have a case. You would need to develop that evidence in order to have a chance at prevailing. You might dig a little deeper into these issues to see if there is any evidence?
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