My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: NH
My apologies for the long post.
Looking for advice. My wife, her siblings, and kids are listed as beneficiaries in late wife's step father's will that was made when wife's late mother married him. He has his kids and grandkids listed in is will as well as wife's mother's kids and grandkids. Total kids are 6 and grandkids are eight. It specifically states the 6 kids each get 10 percent and any grandkids divide remaining equally which works out to 5 percent each.
Now the confusing part. Mother-in-law died over 2 years ago, and stepfather died over year ago. The stepfather's oldest child who was designated as executor in the will, and still lives in the house basically did nothing, with the estate. She hasn't had any contact with her siblings other than refusing to let her brother come into the house. She is and has been living there paying taxes, and utilities, upkeep of house, but filed no papers with court. We assumed that since we never heard anything, and nothing was filed in probate, that after mother-in-law died, the father-in-law changed the original will and excluded the mother-in-laws side. Apparently that isn't the case.
Very recently, we found out that this brother hired a lawyer, submitted the will, and petitioned the court to have him be executor. Found out he won. Not sure what will happen next because any accounts are still unknown. The only thing known is house is worth about $350k.
Unfortunately, this brother doesn't seem very capable of handling all the accounting and anything to do with selling assets, filing papework, etc. Not to mention he isn't communicating with anyone. Hopefully, the lawyer he hired will help.
His sister obviously isn't cooperating because she won't even let him into house to look though paperwork. Their other sister hasn't spoken to anyone in years. That entire side is a mess. Meanwhile, my wife's side, her, our kids, her brothers, and their gets are just stuck waiting.
After calling NH probate, and finding out that the will was submitted finally, everyone on our side submitted the new case participant and motion to intervene forms as instructed.
Any advice for my wife's side. Is it worth getting an attorney or should they just wait it out?
Right now, they are left in the dark. If the executor won't communicate with the rest of the beneficiaries, how can they find out any info.
And, to make it worse there is something else which I need advice on. The decendents daughter who is still living in the house gave my youngest daughter the decendents car day after the funeral.It was a sentimental thing for when my daughter gets her license, to have grandpa's car. This car is still sitting in our driveway because she said she couldn't find the title. But now it looks like she wasn't suppose to do this because she wasn't / isn't executor. And we live out of state.
The car is old and was worth about $1200 at the time we drove it back. Now it's been sitting for over a year, dead , brakes frozen, and maybe worth $300. Who makes the decision with what happens with this thing. I either want it out of my driveway, or the title so I can fix it and put it on the road. But now it just sits. Any suggestions?