New York, NY asked in Probate for Alabama

Q: My mom passed away in August 2021. She was living in a home on my brothers property for the year prior to her death.

After she passed we sold her home. (She was residing in it prior to moving into the home on my brothers property.) The will states that the proceeds from the sell of the home and personal belongings will be split between the 4 children. There are no issues with splitting the proceeds from the sell of the home but my brother will not agree to let anyone take any of the personal belongings (that are on his property). We just want to divide them equally or at least each take a few things that are sentimental. He wants to keep it like a shrine to our mother.

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Anthony M. Avery
PREMIUM
Anthony M. Avery
Answered
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN

A: Whoever has the Will must file it for Probate so that it has effect. Otherwise it means nothing. The Executor will receive Letters Testamentary which gives him authority to marshal up Estate assets, or sue/prosecute for theft. That is his job and if he does not want to do it, then ask the Court to appoint someone else.

1 user found this answer helpful

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.