Manalapan, NJ asked in Probate for New Jersey

Q: Mom died suddenly, had annuities, no beneficiary. Who gets annuities??

Mom died, had annuities. Didn't want to leave my sister anything. Told so many people even her advisors she wants nothingto do with her. My mom stopped talking to her almost 5 years.

In a case like this, my sister is suing me for the annuities. Could I fight this in court? My mom would be so upset if she gets any money. Can witnesses help?

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: In the absence of a designated beneficiary on the annuities, the distribution of your mother's assets, including the annuities, would typically follow the laws of intestacy in New Jersey. These laws determine the heirs and their respective shares. If your sister is taking legal action to claim a share, you may contest this in court. Witnesses who can attest to your mother's expressed wishes and strained relationship with your sister may serve as valuable evidence.

Leonard R. Boyer
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