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No Will, What's Fair?
My mom died on Mother's Day 2012. I haven't been able to locate a will indicating her final wishes pertaining to her estate. I'm currently going through probate to become the excutor of her estate. She only had two children, my brother and I. He, however, lives in another state with his wife and hasn't had very much to do with my mom since he moved away. She use to call to beg him to visit and when she became ill never really even lifted a finger to help. I, on the other hand, live in the same state where she lived and tried my very best to help her (more often than not) including but not limited to doctor visits, hospital stays, calling her daily, checking on her, etc. Basically I did what I was suppose to do which was to spend quality time with her and assist her as much as I could. She listed me as her only beneficiary on her life insurance. My brother doesn't like this. Since she has passed away my brother has a sudden sense of entitlement. I'm guess splitting things in half may probably be best, but my brother is well to do and didn't lift a finger while she was living. I've spoken to several attorneys who have told me to only share heir property, but anything with my name only on it to keep for myself. What's fair?