What to Do If Your Inheritance Never Arrives?

There are many ways that an inheritance is lost, This may include the manipulation by the administrator/executor or trustee of an estate after the loved one is gone. Unfortunately, the majority of contested cases is usually between the surviving spouse and the deceased spouse’s children from a former marriage, which means the dispute can have a substantial impact on the personal relationships between family members.

Common Signs of Inheritance Theft

If you stand to inherit wealth or assets from an estate, you should be alert for the following signs of potential trouble: Sudden or unexplained changes to the will before death

  • Large or incremental withdrawals from bank accounts before death
  • Valuable items are missing
  • New names added to bank accounts just prior to death
  • Money or property transfers out of state or county
  • Unpaid bills and other mismanagement of finances
  • Disputes with creditors
  • Failure to abide by details in the will or trust
  • Ignoring your attempts to contact or question the trustee, executor
  • Refusal to send you copies of the will, the trust or related items
  • No inventory taken of all trust/estate assets
  • Other beneficiaries being given preferential treatment
  • Unreported sale of estate assets
  • Payments/distributions to the trustee or executor that are unreasonable or unsupportable
  • No accounting for more than 6 months after death
  • Assets not receiving care – landscape deterioration, leaking roof, vehicle tires flat, lights burn all night.
  • Imprudent purchase of stocks, bonds, gold, silver, real estate, etc.

If you suspect that your inheritance is or has disappeared, you should take the following steps:

  • Find copies of all previous wills or trusts
  • Make copies of any notes for the will
  • Get a copy of the death certificate
  • Determine contact information for person who is supposed to manage the estate.
  • Track down the person who witnessed the signing of the will
  • Get a statement from the witness
  • Find out the date and location where the will was executed
  • Ask the witness if the will was adequately explained to the deceased
  • Acquire medical records and bills for medical procedures
  • Talk to relatives to see if anything unusual happened just before and after death
  • Locate assets of the estate.
  • Consult with an experienced lawyer familiar with trust or will litigation

At the law firm of P. Arnsen Blakely, we are committed to representing clients in who have lost or are losing their inheritance. If your inheritance needs protection, you should immediately consult with Mr. Blakely to discuss the details of your case. He will explain all of your options under the law and provide you with the experienced counsel you need to secure a fair result.

Call (714) 908-4230 to request your initial free case consultation today. We are here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.