What can I do if my sisteris the executor of my mother’s estate and has manipulated things to her advantage?

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What can I do if my sisteris the executor of my mother’s estate and has manipulated things to her advantage?

She manipulated my late mother into giving her an unfair share of the estate. I get approximately $20,000; she gets $600,000. My mother was 91 years old. My sister has lied to me and prevented from communicating with her. Further, my sister has hacked into my hotmail account and deleted the incriminating evidence several years ago. Is there anyway that I can stop her? I have no job and very little money.

Asked on February 6, 2014 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You can bring a legal action against her and against the will, on several possible grounds:

1) To have the will set aside as the product of undue (basically, unfair and too-strong) influence or fraud, if you think your mother was manipulated into it;

2) Against your sister for violating her duty(ies) as an executor;

3) For hacking into your account.

There, however, are not easy or simple actions to bring; you are urged to retain an attorney to help you, and with your share of $600,000 at stake, a lawyer would appear to be well worth it.


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