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Q: a cousin she did not know now has come forward stating he is the heir because we were never adopted by her.
A: Fortunately, there is little for you to do so far as the cousin is concerned. This is a very simple case. You wrote: "she died in 2012, with a will, and left everything to us." That is all that matters. A person may leave her assets to anybody that she chooses in her will. Accordingly, the only possible argument for the cousin to make would be that the will itself is invalid for some reason (e.g., forgery, etc.). If the will is valid, then the cousin has no argument. The assets are yours. So, the will should be submitted for probate
so that the judge can rule that it is the last will
and testament of your mother. Once the will is ruled valid, then the executor of the estate (probably you or your sibling) can distribute the assets to the people named in the will (you and your sibling). The cousin gets nothing.
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