My Grandfather died leaving money and assets to my father who was alive when my grandfather died, now my grnadmother still lived but went behind my fathers back and made a trust to kick him out of the will and had thier attorney never settle the will after my grandfather died and now doesnt want to give my father anything. they told us she made the trust to trump the will can they do that without contacting the parties in the will and go to court for the change?
ATTORNEY ANSWER BY MARGARET L. CROSS BELIVEAU:
Your grandfather’s Will only governs probate property. If all of his assets were owned jointly with your grandmother, then those assets are hers to do with as she sees fit. I am not sure what you mean by not settling the will. I am assuming that the probate was not opened. One would not have been needed if the assets were held jointly.
If a probate was opened, you can obtain a copy of the Will from the probate court to review for yourself. If your grandmother took assets without authority, your father will need to hire an attorney to intervene in the situation.
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