How do I get my money from my grandfather?

My grandfather died in 2015. I recently found
out my brother received 5,000 from him. He
said he left all his nieces and nephews
something. I don’t speak to any of my family.
Except my 20 year old brother. I am 19. I found
out because my brother asked to borrow the
money I never got. I have a newborn, single
mom. And that would definitely benefit for his
well being. I contacted my aunt and cousin and
they are acting like they do not know what I am
talking about nor received anything from him. I
do not know how to go about this.

Asked on April 4, 2017 under Estate Planning, New York

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for the situation.  If your Grandfather had a Will and you were left something in the Will you should have been notified in some way (understand that if they did not know how to reach you they may have published in a paper).  If he had a Will it was probated in the Surrogate's Court in the county in which he resided at the time of his death and it is on file as a public record.  Start by going and getting a copy.  If you are indeed named and had been given inheritance then contact the Executor of the Will by letter sent certified mail.  You may also need legal consultation.  Good luck.


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