Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Thanks for your question and good evening.My sympathy here for your situation.I would not be intimidated here.Any funds you received during her lifetime were gifts.You do not have to share any itemization of funds that were spent.I see no advantage to you volunteering anything.Likely the siblings do nothing because again a lawyer would tell them here that these were presumably gifts.It would not be possible here without a civil suit and service on you for them to claim any funds.I see no basis for freezing any funds belonging to you.I think this is clearly misinformation trying too intimidate you in this matter.Here the remaining funds were divided evenly among the siblings.The siblings may be trying to bluff you into revealing private information.I see no advantage to you to provide anything.I do not see that they have any facts to pursue any funds in this matter.I think you should consider telling them you feel they are not owed anything and you would contest any suit in the matter.Realistically they are trying to intimidate you to see if they can get you to pay them something.You may want to simply let this go here and see if time does not make this go away.You have no legal obligation at this time to account for anything or pay them anything.Standing pat and doing nothing may be your best option.Again it is clear that the other siblings also got gifts of funds and really the law would not support a claim otherwise.I cannot see that they have a legal basis to claim these were other than gifts and that all the siblings got some.Again I see that time is on your side and I do not see you owe them anything other than what you have already provided them.Why not ignore any claims here and see if it just doesn't go away over time.It has been my pleasure to assist you tonight.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again for letting me chat here.
I hope that you will be so kind as to leave a positive rating. If you do have any additional questions about my answer please click the "Continue Conversation Link" so I can provide you with a fully satisfactory answer. Please be aware that any rating of 1 or 2 is reflected as a negative rating and I receive no credit for my answers.This communication does not establish an attorney client relationship here.Information provided is not legal advice. Rather it is simply general information.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).