If my grandmother’s 3rd husband is executor of her estate and is disregarding her Will, what can we do?

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If my grandmother’s 3rd husband is executor of her estate and is disregarding her Will, what can we do?

My grandmother died 4 months ago after surviving a stroke 5 years earlier. As a result of the stroke she never spoke again and could no longer care for herself. The last time she prepared her Will, she told us how it would be distributed 4 ways: between my 2 aunts, my uncle and myself (as my father died long ago). Last year, her 3rd husband changed something about her estate but didn’t tell us what it was. He is wealthy and has money of his own. My aunt was recently denied access to a small percentage of the money. We still haven’t heard anything about her Will and we don’t know how to proceed.

Asked on April 19, 2012 under Estate Planning, Texas

Answers:

Patricia F. Bushman / Bushman & DuBose, LLC

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Hire a lawyer.  You will have to go to Court to force him to follow the will.  He can be removed as Executor if he doesn't follow the will.  Has he probated the will yet?  Do you have a copy of the will so you are sure what it says.  There are a lot of questions, but the Court will enforce the will, get the Court involved.


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