Denver, CO asked in Banking, Contracts and Estate Planning for Colorado

Q: My aunt died back in January and left me a substantial amount of money in her estate. How do I get the money?

My aunt left me the money specifically for college but I don't want to go. My mother is her head of estate and I am 18 but she doesn't agree with my choice of not pursuing college so it causes conflict. My mom won't tell me much and she threatens that if I don't go to college then she will split my money between all the beneficiaries (there are over 15) is this legal? What can I do if I'm pretty much broke and can't afford a lawyer? I really would like the money now or as soon as I can get it.

1 Lawyer Answer
Samuel Ventola
Samuel Ventola
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: It all depends on the language of your aunt's will. You should probably have an attorney review it and if you have rights to write a letter for you or submit a claim if necessary.

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