Open Letter to my readers concerned about rights to the ashes of a loved one
How Can My Stepmother Take Everything I Was Promised?
My father and stepmother were married for almost 30 years when he died. About 15 years ago he showed me their Wills. It said when both are dead, I am to inherit everything. Well, he died almost a year ago and when I tried to talk to her about getting some of his things we…Read More
Can my stepmother adopt me while my birth mother is alive?
Dear Ms. Allison: My dad and stepmom are doing their new Wills. She wants to adopt me so there will be no problems with me being included in the inheritance. I have lived with them since I was 11, and now I am 19. My birth mother is not happy with this at all. Is…Read More
How to make my Aunt probate my Mom’s Will
Dear Ms. Allison: My mother passed away in 2003. Her sister, my aunt was living with her. Mom has three other siblings–there were 5 of them all together. At any rate, after all this time, my mother’s estate has still not been distributed; at least not to anyone’s knowledge. My aunt has not shown the…Read More
Why did my uncle get the lake house when my dad left his half to me?
Dear Ms. Allison: In his Will, my dad left me his house and his half of the lake house he bought with his brother. Everyone has heard him talk about this for years before he died. Turns out though, my uncle got 100% of the lake house before probate even started. What’s going on here?…Read More
Are siblings from 1st marriage entitled to estate after 2nd spouse inherits?
Dear Ms. Allison: How can 4 siblings get a copy of our deceased father’s Will after leaving everything to his 2nd wife who just died? An adult sibling by his 2nd wife is the executor of their estate. The first 4 siblings are no blood relation to his 2nd wife and were not adopted by…Read More
Do I Have The Right To My Dad’s Ashes?
Dear Ms. Allison: My dad and mom are still legally married. He passed away in another state and his girlfriend of 3 years has his ashes. She won’t even give us none of his ashes or none of his belongings. I am his kid, so can I sue her for his ashes? Or how would…Read More
Can Stepfather Change Mother’s Home to His Name?
Dear Ms. Allison: My mother died a couple of years ago. When she did, my stepfather put his name on the house. It is the house my grandmother gifted to my mother to give to me and my sisters upon her passing. My mother did not get around to writing a Will and putting the…Read More
How to leave my grandson property that can never be sold?
Dear Ms. Allison: How do I leave my grandson some property that has been handed down through generations, but can never be sold. I inherited my great grandfather’s land, but it can never be sold, so I don’t know how to pass it on. Anonymous in Pontotoc County Dear Anonymous: You do not say why…Read More
Can I get half of my dead father’s assets?
Dear Ms. Allison: My father died in October of last year. He did not have a will. But my sister said that he left everything in her name. If my sister was left everything when my dad died, can I still get half of his assets? She got his $200,000.00 home & most of his…Read More