Inheritance money can be found by searching for a will left behind by the grandparent, or by conducting a search on unclaimed property. Locating money or property left behind by relatives requires research into records being kept by an estate executor, county courthouse or other resource.
Grandparents may appoint someone to be an executor for estate matters, including a will. Finding out the name of the executor requires contacting the courthouse of the county where the grandparent last resided. Upon request, the county clerk can assist with executor contact information or researching wills on file. Obtaining will information often requires verifying proof of identity via an official form of photo I.D. In addition to the full name of the deceased relative, the clerk may ask for a date of birth and last known address to help locate the will. Upon successfully finding a will, it is necessary to give the clerk permission to provide a photocopy of the will, which has information regarding beneficiaries.
When there is no will on file, the next step is searching for unclaimed property in the state database. Individuals can request a claim form by contacting the unclaimed property division. This type of search usually requires the name of the relative, date of death and other identifying details, such as a Social Security number.Learn More
Probate is the legal process of validating and executing a will. The process involves choosing an executor to carry out the terms of the will and transferring property ownership to any designated beneficiaries.Full Answer >
The most successful grounds for contesting a will are that the testator lacked the mental capacity to create a will or that he was unduly influenced to write the will a certain way. The most successful challengers are usually spouses of the testators, according to FindLaw.Full Answer >
You can contest the validity of a will by making one or more claims that, if proved, would make the will, or provisions in it, unenforceable. Depending on the law of the particular state, the legal grounds can be fraud, duress, undue influence, lack of capacity, improper execution or forgery.Full Answer >
To contest a will that is already in probate in Texas, file a will contest with the local court where it was admitted to probate. Will contesting can be done with or without an attorney, notes LegalZoom. Since the process can be lengthy and intricate, probate attorneys are available.Full Answer >