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I want to protect the amount I have been provided but I also want to support the claimants claim, since I think that it is ethically correct to do so.
The estate is small ($850,000). Three dependent stepsons have been provided about $140,000 each. One dependent stepson has been excluded due to a family quarrel. According to the provisions of the will, the remainder is to be divided among the stepgrandchildren (who were never dependents). There is enough money in the estate for an equal amount to be provided to the remaining stepson, but this will be at the expense of the remaining amount available for distribution. Since specific amounts are nominated for the stepchildren but are not nominated for distribution to the stepgrandchildren, is it likely that the provision will be taken from the remainder, which is what I would like to see.
If I do nothing except be prepared to attend court as you suggest, is this the likely outcome or is it likely or possible that my specific amount will be reduced. If the latter, is there anything I can do to protect this?