My sister is POA for my mother and father. Her 4 siblings have filed for guardianship after 2 yrs of obvious receipt from her concerning our folks assets , her obvious drug issues, misuse of both cash& credit and the selling of our parents house and estate without honest disclosure. Father passed 3 days prior to the first hearing in which she perjured herself concerning a lapsed life insurance policy which was discovered by her siblings while making funeral arrangements. She spent 2 yrs borrowing against the policy while telling her siblings premiums were being made. As POA , having hidden all of our parents assets, on the day of funeral planning, she refused to pay for either florist or funeral expenses. Yesterday, she hired an attorney to negotiate the discovery ordered April 2, 2014.
ATTORNEY ANSWER BY MARGARET L. CROSS-BELIVEAU:
Your father’s Will needs to be probated only if there are probate assets. It is unclear whether your mother is still alive. Were all the assets owned jointly with your mother, have a beneficiary designation on them, or in a trust? If so, those assets avoided probate.
To probate the assets, the Will must be submitted to the probate court. The heirs of your father will be notified. If it is your sister who is the nominated the executor, you can ask her to decline to serve as executor. If she petitions to be appointed executor, you have the right to object.
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