What to do if my grandmother passed away 6 months ago but I have yet to revieve anything?

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What to do if my grandmother passed away 6 months ago but I have yet to revieve anything?

She left me $10,000. My uncle and my father are the estate holders and I was told I was going to be sent papers and receive the amount shortly. it’s now months later and no one will give me any answers. No papers have been sent to me and they are with holding information so I cannot just handle it myself. It says in the will that I am the direct beneficiary yet I am told I can’t do this without going through them?

Asked on June 9, 2013 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  You are correct: you can not do anything yourself and the executor's of the estate must act to get you your inheritance.  If they have yet to probate the Will I would send a letter by certified mail to each of them requesting that the Will be "offered for probate" within a short time frame - say 60 days.  It sometimes takes time to gather all the assets and debts together.  Understand that it is their job to make sure that all the debts are paid before the assets are distributed.  If the Will has already been probated it is a public record and you can go down to the court to review what is going on.  Good luck.


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