Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Good afternoon. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you. My condolences for your loss.
Has the will been admitted to probate? Are there any grounds to challenge its execution or legal compliance?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, if the will was admitted 3 yrs ago too much time has passed to challenge it.
The best thing to do is to see if your father's widow can sell you some of the items you would like for their sentimental value. A probate court would not entertain any challenge to the will at this point. That is why seeking a private resolution for the disputed items is the best and only option left.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.