Joann and her brother were co-executors of their mother’s estate. One day, she decided she didn’t like how her brother was acting regarding the division of mom’s property. So she did what many heirs have done … however unthinkable it was … she asserted control over the issue in a not-so-nice manner.
I think you will agree she went about it all wrong! After I completed a consultation with her, she immediately called a locksmith and had all the locks changed so no one could get in the house but her. “My brother is not going to get the things he wants. He has ticked me off one time too many. I’ll show him … I’m going to get them before he does,” were her exact words. I hope my jaw didn’t drop too much.
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, she proceeds to move all the heirlooms out of mom’s house without notifying her brother of anything, and has them delivered to her storage unit.
This is the perfect example of how NOT to handle an estate unless you want to drain your finances for legal fees. Despite my repeated attempts to talk with her and offer her some sound advice, it fell on deaf ears. To me, it is complete disrespect for the loved one who has died, but this happens more frequently than even I care to admit. Scary, but very true.
© 2011 Julie Hall