Chicago, IL asked in Estate Planning for Nebraska

Q: My Dad passed away on 01/03/2021, myself and my 3 sisters got an inheritance check each for around $19,000….

I put my check in my Moms savings account as I was driving back and forth from Ks to Ne taking care of her. She insisted that I put it in there and SAVE IT for fixing up a house in Ne that she bought for her and I to live in. SO she died unexpectedly on April 28th 2021 and the check

Is still in her savings and now my sisters think it should stay in there and be divided up with the rest of her money, because Mom bought the house for me. I say no because what mom did when she was alive was between us. Please tell me the check is all mine as my sisters spent theirs already.

Thank you

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1 Lawyer Answer
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
  • Omaha, NE
  • Licensed in Nebraska

A: The law generally recognizes legal titles. Thus, if there is money sitting in the account in someone's name for a couple of years, the Court will generally recognize those funds as belonging to the named account holder. You would need to speak with an attorney about the specific facts of your case to see what applies in your specific situation.

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