Unfortunately my father passed away a couple of years ago from cancer he has five children this includes a stepchild. It

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Customer: Hello so unfortunately my father passed away a couple of years ago from cancer he has five children this includes a stepchild. It is always been known to us when he passed that we would all get money from his life insurance policy this was known through all of his children. When Dad passed he indeed did leave $10,000 to all of his children. My stepmother paid all my brothers and sisters except for me because me and her daughter my step sister haven't been getting along it's been like 2 years now and still she is not paid me the money my dad left for me. I even asked her if she didn't want to pay me to at least turn it over to my daughter so that she will have something. I don't think it's fair and I don't know if it's legal for her to hold the money my dad left for me out of anger and pay all my brothers and sisters out no problem. I'm 43 I'm an adult and what I do on my life is really none of her business and has nothing to do with the money my dad left. I want to know if there's anything I can do? Thank you so much
JA: Since estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Maryland
JA: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?
Customer: Honestly I don't know if my dad left an actual will or if he left us as beneficiaries she has control of all the documents however all I have is the word from my brothers and sisters that they all got there in here since but that she said to them that she will not pay me my $10,000 until she feels that I'm living my life the way she wants me to live her life I'm not doing anything that would warrant her to dictate how I need to live my life to get my inheritance that makes no sense I'm not on the street using drugs for doing anything bad it's all because me and her daughter don't get along for good reason
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Customer: I don't think so that's pretty much all I can tell you other than her and my father were together for 35 years she's been my stepmother since I was too and we always got along until the last few years when her daughter gave me a personal loan for a car which I paid off out of a fight over a cup of coffee she had a fit and because the title was still in her name called my car and stolen and took me to court after I paid her all the money due on the car and I was on her insurance policy I paid that every month she was actually charging me double and that too even though I have all that proof eventually I want to take her to court and sue her too
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Thank you for your question. My name is***** been practicing law for thirty seven years. Kindly allow me to review your post. Be right back.

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Welcome. Thank you for the opportunity to assist you today. You have reached JustAnswer.com, an online legal question and answer site. I’m sorry to hear that you are having legal troubles. I know that legal issues can be can be frustrating.

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I have reviewed your narrative. Sorry you have to deal with this unfortunate situation.

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Absolutely and thank you!
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Please clarify: Which are you seeking: Answers to legal questions OR Legal Representation?

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I think I definitely need legal representation considering I know nothing about this type of law
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I also have another accused maybe you can help with
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Customer
Okay well can you answer some questions for me
Customer
Like I said I need to know if I'm on the right track or not
Customer
I'm not sure what I paid $5 for no one can guide me
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Attorney Bruce, Expert

What are your legal questions? I’m here to help.

Was the $10K from an insurance policy or from his assets?

Customer
Okay thank you
Customer
See I'm not sure I believe it was from an insurance policy I'm positive actually
Customer
Because my dad told us many many years before that he had insurance policy to take care of us kids
Customer
Of course my brothers and sisters were taken care of but I wasn't
Customer
Even my step sister got her near tents he's not her real dad
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Attorney Bruce, Expert

I'm confused:

"I'm not sure I believe it was from an insurance policy I'm positive actually".

Are you not sure, or are you positive?

Customer
I guess you could say I'm not 100% sure but I don't know where else the money would come from and my dad did tell me and it was known to us kids that he had an insurance policy to make sure we were taken care of but then I thought if we were on the insurance policy wouldn't we be contacted but then again how would they have a number for me
Customer
Seems to me if there was one she was paid directly with his instructions or wishes
Customer
She's told people that she will pay me my $10,000 when she feels that I deserve it
Customer
It's vindictiveness because me and my step sister had a nasty fight and she took her side
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Attorney Bruce, Expert

If you were named in an insurance policy, the insurance company can only give the money to you, not to her.

Customer
I kind of figured that so perhaps he had a will or would that be the same thing or she was just giving complete control there's no secret that that's his wishes why would my brothers and sisters receive it and not me my sister even told people the same thing cuz she's holding $10,000 that my dad left me but refuses to turn it over
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It would be unethical and unprofessional for me to answer that question without seeing the will.

Customer
Is there a way that I can find out if a will does exist
Customer
Can I take her to small claims court when I have a case
Customer
Would i
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Attorney Bruce, Expert

You can file a claim in the Probate Court were he lived.

Customer
Ok and my dad's dying wish was to see me so we had no falling out
Customer
I do have another case I want to know I could possibly take to court
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Is it on the same topic?

Customer
No but it relates to it
Customer
Different issue same family but nothing to do with the inheritance
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I'm sorry, but the rules of the website require that you open a new question thread for a new/different legal topic.

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Customer
Okay I understand thank you very much
Customer
I appreciate your time on this
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Do you have additional questions on this topic? I’m here to help.

Customer
No I don't think so it's gonna be a rough battle if I have no proof
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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to assist you.

Based upon the information your provided I have given my best reasoned answers in accordance with applicable law and practice. If any part of my response is unclear, please let me know. Please feel free to ask more questions on this topic in this chat thread and I will be happy to continue to assist you.

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