Q: I have probate/estate questions.
When I was (1994) 16 my mother died. My dad was still alive at the time. My stepdad got me to sign something to keep her estate out of probate. He said he would give me my portion of my inherentence when
I got to college. I tried to call him he ignored me.
He also kept the house. My mom put the down payment on the house. I know her name was on the deed I dont know if his was. He still lives in the house.
Was his permission to sign the document legal, since my dad was alive?
Can we sue for the house or money?
A: There is a lot of missing details that are needed to help you. Without knowing what you signed and how the house was titled there is no way of knowing if what was done was legal. I would recommend you sit down with and attorney and bring all the documentation you have. We see the results of having no estate planning done cause hardship and assets going where they were not intended.
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