How do I go about collecting my inheritance?

In August I will be coming of age (according to my dad's will) to collect the inheritance he left me 11 years ago. I don't know what I need to do on my end though. I know the inheritance is a combination of cash, and two shared properties (half to me, half to my brother.) So, I know that the cash will be

In August I will be coming of age (according to my dad's will) to collect the inheritance he left me 11 years ago. I don't know what I need to do on my end though. I know the inheritance is a combination of cash, and two shared properties (half to me, half to my brother.) So, I know that the cash will be deposited into my bank account, but I don't know how the properties will work, especially since my brother won't be turning 25 for five more years. Do I need to get a lawyer?

Best Answer:

Sophie: The money and properties have been put into a trust for the last 11 years. Right now the trust owns them (and if the "cash" is invested, the trust manages those investments.
You need to find out who is the trustee – they're the one with the authority to transfer the money to you.

Depending on exactly what the will said, the trust might have the ability to sell the house, or you might need to wait for your brother to come of age. But you can probably get started on fixing and renting out the cottage (just be aware if you spend your own money on raising its value that your brother still owns half of it.)

It's a good idea to get a lawyer. You might start by contacting the lawyer who handled your dad's estate.

Other answer:

Sophie:
Someone was executor of his will or trust. That person should do the required paperwork
Ricki:
do you know who the executor of the will was or the trustee for the money? Contact them before running off for an attorney.
Spock (rhp):
The Executor of your father's estate will handle this. The shared properties may have to be retitled if executor did not do so already — but it is executor's responsibility to do this.

it is possible that the assets were placed in a Trust for your [joint] benefit and a Trustee named, if so, the Trustee will do this instead of the Executor.

You don't tell us where the property is, so we can't go any further

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