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I am sorry for your loss.
I am not quite following the facts.
Are you saying your uncle is the executor of the estate and you were told that you are a beneficiary but have not yet seen a copy of the Will?
Did you get a chance to read my questions to you? I cannot answer you in a meaningful way until I gather the appropriate information. There is no charge for us going up and back of course.
I am sorry but I cannot speak to you on the telephone. I know the site offers this service but the site is based in the US. As I am a lawyer in Canada the rules of my law society prohibit me from speaking to you on the telephone as you are not my client.
I can only speak to you by posting up and back over this site.
Are you one of the beneficiaries?
Then the way this works is that the executor will apply for probate.
When that happens all the beneficiaries will receive a notice of application of probate, a notice about making a claim under the Wills Variation Act and a copy of the Will.
The executor cannot apply to administer the estate without doing that.
If you believe the executor cannot be trusted and has essentially committed fraud then you can call the courthouse, indicate that you live in the US and say you want to know if there has been an application for probate filed and if so you want a copy of all that is in the file. Court files are a matter of public record and anyone can have a copy.
The lawyer is not your lawyer. The lawyer is the executor's lawyer and will not only not be able to tell you anything unless the executor instructs the lawyer to speak to you but will charge the estate for your call. Perhaps that is why your uncle reacted this way?It is not that late yet in terms of applying for probate though at this point it does seem odd that the first steps have not yet been taken. So it would make sense to contact the courthouse in the next while. But as your uncle asked for your address it does sound like he intends to proceed lawfully.
Does that help as a starting point?Please feel free to post back with any follow-up questions you may have. If you don't have any then I hope I have earned a 5 star rating but if you don't feel that I have please don't hesitate to reply back and let me know what more I can do to assist you. Finally, please know that even after you rate me I will be here for you and you can ask follow-up questions if you think of them later on at no further charge of course.
But as I explained there is no point calling the lawyer. The lawyer is your uncle's lawyer. Your uncle is in charge of the estate and the lawyer. Calling the lawyer is throwing estate money out. The lawyer cannot speak to you and won't tell you a thing but will charge the estate for the call. It is not correct to call the lawyer. Your uncle is correct.
I explained what to do if you don't trust him. So call the courthouse and find out if there is a file or not. If there is get a copy of the documents in the file. If he has applied for probate and you are a beneficiary then you and you siblings need your own lawyer.
Who is the executor?
No it won't red flag anything. All files are a matter of public record and any one at all get a copy of what is in any file. It is just don't by a staff member who is like a secretary.
Is there anything more I can help you with at this point in time?