My grandmother's will divides her estate equally amoung her children. My mother, her daughter, passed away several years ago and I want to know if my sister and I can legally claim her portion of the estate.
Just to expound a little on the situation - the precise wording of the will is "I hereby give, divise and bequeath all real and personal property owned by me at the time of my death, together with all insurance policies thereon unto my children, equally, share and share alike."
And, there is another item that may or may not be important -
"Any and all payment or payments of any sum or sums whether in cash or in kind and whether for principal or income payable to said children or any of them shall be made upon the sole receipt of the respective individial to whom the payment is made and free from anticipation, control by the creditors of any such beneficiary. All shares of the principle and income given shall be free from anticipation, assignment, pledges obligations of any beneficiary and shall not be subject to any execution or attachment."
Frankly, I don't know what any of this means. I have no idea if I have any legal rights in this situation and I don't particularly want to retain an attorney for an unwinnable case.