My mother-in-law is the executrix of the will and she did in fact hire me to help her out in this lawsuit as she lacked the necessary skills. All the documentation between the lawyer and the estate was handled and addressed to me. She was there only to make absolutely sure everything was done for the benefit of the the estate. Please consider, if it's an issue, had I not helped her the entire estate may have been lost.
Ok, one final question. Your response simply said the court needs proof and I am certainly willing to provide it should they need it. I still don't know however, if she is legally able to take the money out now and pay me. She (and I) would most certainly be able to argue the point should the other heirs contest it. There is some urgency in getting this done as she is 78 years old and I don't really want to be in a situation to fight this should, god forbid have anything happen to her. So, if she does it...what would the legal ramifications be? If we fight and lose, I would most certainly give the money back.