When we hear the stories, we think it won’t happen to us. The truth is that some people steal the inheritances of other people. As a beneficiary, it is important to know what your rights are. Many people don’t find out about their rights until after they’ve been hurt. Read on if you want to know how to get back a stolen inheritance.
- 1 Document Everything
- 2 Just Ask!
- 3 Get Legal Advice From A Probate Attorney
- 4 File A Lawsuit
- 5 Recovering From The Theft
- 6 Be A Part Of Estate Planning
To get back your stolen inheritance, the most important thing you can do is to keep track of everything. If you know the person who will get your inheritance, write down everything you say to them. Email should be used as much as possible. If you can find a way to record a phone call, do it. It’s important to know the laws about recording conversations. You may need to get their permission to record.
You also don’t have to write down what you say. make sure to write everything down. This includes the dates and times of anything that might have been done around the time of the theft. Such as strange things happening at the bank or strange things people do. It can be as simple as a list of all the things that happened before the theft. The better your chances of getting your inheritance back, the more information you can write down.
It may sound too easy, but if you ask, you can sometimes get your stuff back. If you’ve been writing down everything you say and have proof that the property is yours, the other person may just give it back to you instead of going to court. Don’t be shy about the evidence you do have; use it to your advantage when you want your property back.
Get Legal Advice From A Probate Attorney
So maybe you asked the thief to give you back your stuff and he or she didn’t. At this point, a probate lawyer is your best friend. When you meet with the probate lawyer, you will ask and answer four questions. These questions are about what the inheritance was, who took it, when the table was, and how it was taken. Let’s talk a little more about each of these questions.
What Is The Inheritance?
People often think that an inheritance is hard cash. But most of the time, an inheritance is a piece of property. Like a house, a piece of land, or a car. Things like paintings or little trinkets that have been passed down through the family are also considered inheritances. Give the probate lawyer a copy of the will if it has a list of everything you were owed. If you want to file a lawsuit against the person, they will need a full list of everything you are owed.
Who Stole It?
Part of the lawsuit is to find out who took the inheritance. If you don’t know who took it, you should make a list of possible thieves. On the list, you need to explain why you think those people stole your inheritance.
If you know who took the inheritance, you should tell the probate lawyer as soon as possible. They will ask questions about how they knew the person who died. They might have been a caregiver, the person in charge of the will, or a family member. It could even be a professional who ran the estate before the person died.
When Did The Theft Take Place?
When the theft happened will depend a lot on how far back in time you can go. Most of the time, a thief has been running a scam for a long time. The better your case is, the more you know about how someone stole your inheritance. Did this person know the person who died? Or, maybe they were able to convince the person who died to change the will so that they would be in charge of the estate. Or, even worse, wrote about other people just to get more money. If the thief was a family member, they may have used pressure or threats to get what they wanted. Documents that back up your timeline will also help show whether the theft was planned or done quickly out of desperation. When you go to a lawyer for advice, this is one of the first questions they will ask to figure out if you have a case.
How Did They Steal It?
How the thief stole your inheritance will depend on the evidence you have and how much time has passed. We often think that the thief tricked the dead person, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, all it takes is getting to the assets before they are counted. If that is the case, you will notice some strange things about how they act before you take inventory. They use missing assets as an excuse. They don’t give all of the beneficiaries the information they need right away. Or, instead of telling the family and friends of the dead person what happened, they just disappear. You might notice that they are putting more money into their accounts if they are quickly selling off assets before they are counted.
File A Lawsuit
Now that you’ve looked over your evidence and your timeline, you might think you have a strong case and are ready to go to court. The truth is that it isn’t always the best thing to do. Before you file those papers, let’s talk about what your lawyer will say about getting back the money that was stolen from you.
Is It Worth Pursuing?
Your lawyer will want to talk to you first about whether or not the case is worth going forward with. This is a tough time for anyone who has had things taken from them. Even more so if the property and assets were left to you by a loved one. Everyone wants justice to be done and thinks going to court is the best way to make that happen. Sometimes, it’s just not worth your time and money. Let’s look at the three things that will affect your decision about whether or not to go to court.
- Cost to sue
- Value of the inheritance
- Effectiveness of your evidence
Cost Of Lawsuit
As with any court case, there is a price to pay. To get your stolen inheritance back, you will have to pay for a lawyer, pay fees at the courthouse, and take time off work. Is it worth it to go to court against the person you think stole your inheritance? Some people think it’s worth the price. Usually, people have more disposable income. But if you are a regular person, going to court to fight for stolen property can cost you money.
Value Of Inheritance
In many states, the value of your inheritance must meet certain requirements. In civil court, for example, you might need an inheritance worth up to $3,000. In some states, the value might have to be at least $3,000 to qualify. If your lawsuit doesn’t meet these conditions, your probate lawyer will stop the case.
Value Of Evidence
When we talk about how valuable your evidence is, we’re not talking about how much it’s worth in money. The most important thing about your evidence is whether or not it is strong. If the evidence isn’t clear, you’re less likely to win. But it will be worth your time and money if you have good proof and a clear timeline.
Recovering From The Theft
The process of getting your assets back can take a long time. Ask your lawyer how long he or she thinks everything will take when you get legal advice. Then, keep an eye on that schedule. More time will be needed for everything the longer you are in court. Then you have to wait until you get your money back or your property back. This can take even longer, and it’s not a sure thing that you’ll get back the things that were stolen.
When your case has been won, Inheritance Advanced can help. We can give you the money you are owed while the restitution and estate assets are being collected. We can make your life and that of your family a lot easier. Call us right away to find out more!
Be A Part Of Estate Planning
To avoid having your inheritance stolen, you should know how estate planning works and what your rights are. Hire a lawyer to help you through every step and the whole probate court process. You want to know how things are going with the money and how certain assets will be shared out. If you want to be the executor of the estate, you need to know what will happen if you mess up the estate of the person who died. When you understand how things work and what your rights are, it’s less likely that someone will steal your inheritance.