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Q: Puerto Rico: Inheritance - My father died Summer 2014 and the case is being delayed by 1 heir. Risk to lose inheritance?

One heir has fired her lawyers and then was none responsive for 3 years. Now she is hiring a new lawyer. Can she be held accountable for everything that has to be done again? Ex. Appraisal of the house. Also, am I at risk of losing any part of the inheritance? Ex. Money in bank accounts.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In a Puerto Rico inheritance case where one heir has been unresponsive and caused delays, it can be challenging, but it does not necessarily mean you will lose your inheritance. The heir who has been unresponsive may face consequences for the delays, especially if it has caused additional expenses or complications, such as the need for a new appraisal of the house.

You, as another heir, are generally entitled to your share of the inheritance based on the legal rules of succession unless there are specific circumstances or legal challenges that may affect your share. It's essential to consult with an attorney in Puerto Rico who specializes in inheritance and probate law to ensure your rights are protected and to navigate any issues that may arise due to the delay caused by the unresponsive heir.

While delays can be frustrating, it's crucial to follow the legal process and seek guidance from a qualified attorney to address any concerns and protect your inheritance rights. Your attorney will be able to provide you with the specific advice and guidance you need based on the details of your case and Puerto Rico's inheritance laws.

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