Murphysboro, IL asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Illinois

Q: Hello my name is Amber . My gma recently passed and her nephew is executer . he hasnt said much of anything of will .

he is beneficiary of her bank accounts apparently i found out there is allot of money and he isnt speaking of any of it should i get attorney i am named in the will as a beneficiary too

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Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Wilmette, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Sorry for your loss, Amber. If you are sure that there is a will, and if you are sure that your cousin is the executor, you should ask the executor. These things do take time to work themselves out, so depending on "recently", it may still have a lot of time before it is all said and done.

Start by asking the executor if he has filed in probate court yet, and what you can do to help (being an executor is a lot of work). You have the the right to ask if your are a named beneficiary, and if you are, hopefully he will let you know. If you are not, he has not obligation to tell you anything. If the estate is not going to probate court, you can inquire as to why and if your grandmother left a will. Often times, people say they have a will, but they really don't, so be prepared for that outcome.

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