Is there a statute of limitations on distributing an estate?

My brother-in-law never distributed his mother’s estate to my husband when she died. Now we are divorced. We lost touch with my brother-in-law and now my ex-husband passed away leaving his 2 children as successor’s to his estate. I’m not sure if there is any legal recourse or not.

Asked on October 26, 2014 under Estate Planning, Washington


Christine Socrates / Christine Sabio Socrates, Atty at Law

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Was a probate estate ever opened for your mother in law?  Was there a will?  How much time has passed since her death?  These need to be answered to answer your question.  

Your two children, as heirs of their father's estate would have a claim in the mother in law's estate, if there was any.   If you would like to provide the answers to these questions, I would be happy to complete your question.  You can contact my office.

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