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Is filing the will in probate court dependent upon the value of the estate? She has not told me the value of all the assets, including house, vehicle, and multiple inventments, as well as personal property. We are not even sure what is actually there. We have asked multiple times, and she is ignoring my requests.
Is it better to get the accounting early on, or later in the process (or will it be too late?) She is threatening to dispose of what furniture is left by the 15th of May. She has been asked to send things (a box of photos) she forgot to leave for us to pick up (she lives if FL) and has not done so.
If she has divided most if not all of the personal? property, must she provide me with the cash equivalent since I have taken nothing? zilch.
What is the best way to find a tough estate attorney in our area, Cook Co, Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois? Our previous lawyer retired. (real estate mostly)
I'm looking for a group practice that does estate, real estate, criminal, etc. Someone to cover our butts so to speak.
I need a sister wrangler because she refuses to be even slightly reasonable. Family dynamics are nil. We are all estranged. I need someone who can force her to do her bleeping job that she is getting paid an extra 10 percent plus.
Thanks very much for your help.
It's a great place to help me get started, and gives me some questions to ask and think about.
Still a little unclear about the probate filing as I do not have original documents or know if I need them. The successor trustee to be assigned is her husband if she becomes incapacitated in any way. Can he be bypassed as you mentioned before?
The whole thing seems far more difficult than what we went through when my husband's mother died. That was a breeze compared to this.
Sorry the questions are so long.
In choosing the new lawyer, is it better to get one who has more time in front of a judge and/or courtroom experience?
If I contest, will I have to go in front of a judge? Or is it all handled by the lawyers themselves?
I am not in good health, this stress of the situation is not helping and I want to not have to deal with her at all if possible. Basically only speak through lawyers would be the best. Is that advisable?
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