Asked in Probate for Indiana

Q: if A next of kin purchases the estate does the money still get split equally?

My father passed away 4 years ago with no will. No debt either as house is paid off. My older sister took the intuitive to make herself executor of the estate. She hasn’t done anything in 4 years. My husband and I have offered to help with taxes/insurance and any maintanence but we just get the cold shoulder. I just received court papers that they are purchasing the estate for way less than what it could be put on the market for. The price also includes everything inside and outside the house as well. My question is, since she was forced to do an inventory does the inventory grand total get split between my younger sister and I since the older one is purchasing the house and also does the sale of the house still get split 3 ways since an heir is buying it? I have contacted the lawyer numerous times and he refuses to call me back. Sister and brother in law were supposedly told by the lawyer not to discuss anything with me and my younger sister.

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: The lawyer you called is probably the lawyer for the executor of the estate. He or she is not calling you back, most likely, because he or she does not represent you. You need to get your own lawyer to represent your interests. Do not delay as there are short deadlines in these matters. You were probably provided a legal notice of a proposed action and if you do not object the transaction will be approved by the court. If you have grounds for objection, such as the price is too low, then you must object within a short period of time. Your other questions cannot be answered without a personal consultation regarding the specific facts of your situation. You should hire a probate attorney in your area without delay.

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