Ask a Lawyer and Get Answers to Your Legal Questions
Every person has rights to spend his/her assets as the person wish.
As your mother decided to distribute her assets as gifts while she were alive - and not to leave any estate - she has rights to do so and the law protects her rights.
However, if your mother had any debts and refused to pay - such distribution may be viewed as hiding assets from creditors. Creditors may sue beneficiaries and if they win the judgment - assets may be garnished.
Another situation - if your mother received Medicaid benefits - each state has Recovery program that may garnish any gift made within 5 years. While some exemptions apply - it is possible.
No, you do not have to answer. Moreover - you better not to provide any answer without prior consultation with the lawyer.
The grandchild may file a lawsuit however - in this case - you would need to show up in the court may be required to provide some proof for your position.