Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Good morning. A couple of questions. Is your grandmother deceased, and what is the amount of the savings bonds.
If your grandmother had an estate that was probated in court at the time of her death, then the claims to the rights on the bonds must go through the court. if there was a probate of her estate then you can go to the court where the estate was probated and file a claim for the bonds. If there was no estate, then your only recourse would be to sue your mother in court for the value of the bonds that she is wrongfully holding. That would require filing an action in either small claims, if the amount is under $7,500, or in civil Court in the county in which you reside. It will be very difficult to have the bonds re-issued, but a court can order that she pay you the dollar value of the bonds.
Yes. You would have to physically go down to the District court for the county in which your grandmother lived. They would have detailed records on what was filed for your grandmother's estate.
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