Q: I was awarded a monetary sum by my friends will.
The will instructed another to send the money to the individual caring for her cats, that's me. I did not receive the money. How do I proceed?
A: If there is a probate estate opened and still open, you contact the personal representative of the estate asking for your distribution. If the personal representative does not respond or denies you, you retain counsel and have him or her petition the court to force the personal representative to respond. It's best to retain counsel and if that is not economically feasible for you, at least schedule a consultation to obtain legal advice after reviewing all of the facts, information and documents, including a copy of the will and what has already been filed with the court.
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