Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
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Can you tell me who the executor of the estate was?
Did you ever get a copy of any will showing you to be an heir?
Was the estate settled and then closed?
Ok, unfortunately the time frame to contest the will would have passed now that the estate is closed. But step sister would be the only one who would have had legal authority to contact ***** ***** about the account and request information. So if you can get her involved, then she could send EJ a letter asking about the status of the account and who transferred it and they would have to respond since she was the legal representative of the estate. If the account is sitting out there somewhere, then she could reopen the estate and take possession of it to distribute it to the heirs if the account didn't already have a named beneficiary.
If it did, then that would explain why it wasn't in the estate because if it had a named beneficiary, then that money would have gone directly to them, not through probate.