My mother passed away 36 years ago when I was a child. My maternal grandmother passed about 16 years ago and grandfather a year and a half ago. He remarried in that time. I recently discovered that he left everything to my 2 uncles, with a clause that they had to provide for his widow. She’s close to my young family, my kids know her as their great grandmother, nothing more. Our relationship is how I discovered the inheritance loss. The lake house is being sold for a substantial amount of money and they are purchasing a house for her near her family. There’s property from my grandmother’s family that was left to my grandfather as well. I had no clue there was a will at all and I’m quite sure my uncles helped him get his will written. He had dementia and succumbed to its complications. What can I do? Wouldn’t my mother’s inheritance come to me? I am literally the only grandchild that spend time with him. This was like a dagger through my heart to find this information out.
If your grandfather had a valid will and it was probated, his property would pass according to the will. He would have been able to designate the disposal of his estate according to his wishes. There is no mandatory requirement as to how he could leave his property. He can not pass property he did not own.
If you wish to contest the will or to find out more information about your grandmother's estate or your mother's estate, contact a local probate attorney. The attorney can review all of the facts to determine whether there was any inheritance through a will or through intestacy for you.
Thank you very much for allowing me to provide you with information. This information does not constitute an attorney-client relationship nor does it constitute specific legal advice, which I cannot provide in this forum.
There are generally time limits on contesting a will (two years after it's admission to probate). It is possible that the time limit may have been tolled (paused) when you were a minor, but then started to run again after you turned 18. I agree with Robert. You should contact a lawyer to run you through any heirship distribution.
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