Probate, Distribution, and Wills — How Does It Work?
What can I do if I disagree with the distribution of assets in a will?
Shannon Miller, a Gainesville elder and special needs attorney, talks about contesting the distribution of estate and assets in a will. What are your options for contesting a will? What can you do if you are the beneficiary of a will, but have not gotten the assets you were entitled to?
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“Some of the other types of litigation that we do are in dealing with distributions. Very recently, we settled a very large case involving, really, over a million dollars, where a beneficiary simply was not paid, and a lot of times that can be a charity, it can be an individual, and you are a beneficiary of a trust or of a will, and you are supposed to get something and you never do. It goes on and on and you find out that assets in a trust or in an estate were mismanaged, maybe a homestead wasn’t cared for or was sold for less than its true value. All those types of things are things that we can help you flesh out.
A lot of times we will get a call from a client who says, ‘I know the will was filed and we haven’t been paid for three months.’ You can call us, and we are going to tell you that’s probably not that long in a probate case. Typically a probate is going to last between a year to two years, depending on how difficult or complicated the estate is. We are going to tell you if you have a good case, and we are going to tell you if you have a bad case. We can help you if you are one of those beneficiaries who perhaps didn’t get a distribution timely or who doesn’t believe that the assets were appropriately managed.”