Can inhertience be dispensed without contacting beneficaries?

My father filed the death certificate and last will and testament on 8/30/2017 when my grandfather passed in 9/2/2016. He lied about not having a funeral. He told my sister that she was removed from the will and I don’t believe this to be true. My sister and I didn’t receive what was left to us from my grandmothers will, and now my dad is acting as if we don’t exist. I believe he just filed the last order of publication and yet I have not been contacted. Should I write the judge? contact my dads attorney? file a petition? A cavaent? We are talking millions of dollars here and the fact that our grandparents promised to provide for my sister and I because our dad was absent in our lives.

Asked on October 7, 2017 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Please run- do not wal - to an attorney and get help.  You need to file paperwork in the Probate Court that A) you exist B) you got no notice and C) you are objecting to the Probate.
Now, thankfully the WIll was filed - which is a Public Record and you can review it at any time.  Otherwise, if he filed as if your Grandfather died intestate (without a Will) then he as his child would receive all and you nothing.  Get help.  Good luck.
 


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