christhelawyer : HiWelcome to JustAnswer. My first response will follow shortly. Please feel free to follow up if anything is not clear
christhelawyer : You need to look at your one third interest as an investment, which will increase in value, although like any property, there are those maintenance costs.
christhelawyer : if you wanted to contest the actions of the lawyer in drafting the will, you would need to do so within 6 years of his death. If you are in time, you would need to show that the lawyer had been negligent in following his clients instructions. But your stepfather is the one who made the choices, and like it or not he is the one who has caused the problem.
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christhelawyer : I am sorry, but the site crashed, and most of my answer was lost. Do you want me to continue? I am happy to re insert the answers
christhelawyer : theanswers the initial problem is that there are strict time limits for contesting a will. I realise why you were reluctant to do so, but the Family Protection Act prescribes a 12 month limitation period after probate has been granted.
christhelawyer : Once this time has elapsed it is not possible to contest the will.
christhelawyer : If you think your stepfather changed the will despite what is called a testamentary promise, the same time limit applies.