What can I do if my grandmother passed a few years ago but I have not received my inheritance?

My grandmother passed a few years ago and left all of her grandchildren, including myself, $1,100. My aunt managed the distribution of wealth and my brother and I have not received our inheritance; were instead told that we were to receive it on completion of high school.

My cousins have all received their money yet the money stays in my aunt’s savings account gaining interest. Should the money have not been given to me? Do I have the right to demand the money so I can earn interested or spend it? Also, can I take her to court to get the amount any interest earned on it since it was my inheritance, not hers?

Asked on June 6, 2016 under Estate Planning, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You need to get in touch with a probate attorney.  It sounds like the estate has already been submitted to probate, but there may be an issue with how the funds have or have not been distributed.  If there were funds that were to be given to you, then those funds should have been placed into a trust acount for you and you should receive the funds plus interest.  If the funds have been mishandled, then you may need to file a suit for enforcement of the probate or breach of fiduciary duty.


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