FAQ - The Family War

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. My mom appointed me and my brother as "joint and several" powers of attorney. I don't trust my brother. How do I make sure that he can't do something with Mom's money behind my back?

Being appointed "severally" means that each of the "attorneys" appointed in the Power of Attorney can act on their own without the consent of the other. It would be a good idea to notify the banks and request that they advise you of any transactions made by your brother. As an "attorney" you are entitled to have information about the accounts. Writing to your brother suggesting mutual co-operation is also a good idea. With this documentation, you will be able to show the court that you were trying to be reasonable.

2. My dad died 9 months ago and I still have not received my share of his estate. How long should it take until I get my money?

Depending upon the complexity of the estate involved, it could take about a year or so to administer the estate and to make a first distribution to the beneficiaries.

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