Monica came in to see me today. She had signed a document a month ago consenting to one of her brothers acting as the Personal Representative of her Mother’s estate. She wanted to talk to me because she was having second thoughts – basically she just didn’t trust her brother. He has apparently made statements now that lead her to believe that he is not properly handling matters. Upon further discussion she has never trusted him, she just thought she was required to sign off. To make it worse she had consented to his independently administering the estate.
There are many things she could have done at the time, but she just didn’t understand. Heirs sometime need representation. We can still probably bring matters under control, but it will be more painful and expensive at this time.
It should go without saying, but if you don’t know what you are signing, don’t sign it. Talk to a lawyer first.
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