If you've ever been involved in a family estate dispute, you probably have a story to go along with it. People do strange things, but we've seen just about everything from the experiences our clients have endured. Here are some weird - but unfortunately typical - cases we've come across.
- "Uncle John took my mother's gold Cadillac and won't return it. He shows it off to the girls at Hooters and tells them it's his."
- "My mom had $15,000 in her safe a month before she died. When she died the safe was empty. Her former caretaker just bought several Donna Karen purses."
- "My uncle has dementia. Last month he signed $35,000 in checks to his caretaker. His checkbook notes the payments 'June Salary.' That caretaker must be a really hard worker!"
- "My cousin bought a Harley for her boyfriend with my grandmother's money. They rode it down to Disneyland and posted pictures of themselves posing with Goofy on Facebook."
- "My brother is locking me out from visiting my dad and he won't allow me to talk with my dad on the phone. He's taken over all of my father's bank accounts and is threatening to call the cops on me if I complain."
- "My sister cleaned out my mother's house the day after she died. Our family heirlooms are gone. She said it was just 'spring cleaning' and claims she doesn't know about anything disappearing."
- "A week after my father died, my sister-in-law, my brother's widow - who doesn't work - bought two new Ford Mustangs for her daughters. My sister-in-law is in charge of my father's large estate and she won't share any information. She says all of the information is private."
If you've come across something similar in an estate dispute, don't feel alone. Clearly something's wrong, so trust your instinct to make things right. Contact an experienced estate attorney who will protect your interests.