Inheritance question, Canadian/Dutch edition
December 27, 2013 10:58 AM Subscribe
Knowing none of you are my lawyer, I pose this actual inheritance situation.
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (5 answers total)
I am Canadian and live in Canada. My mother, also Canadian, died in 2003. My sister and I were named both co-heirs, splitting her modest nest egg and property, and co-executors.
My sister had emigrated to Europe by the time our mother died, so although I did all the mechanics of settling the will – or thought I had – she came back to Canada to co-sign the final papers as required.
My sister married a Dutch man in 2012, then she died earlier this year. I assume her husband has inherited all her property, but we've never discussed it.
Today I read a brief news item about a government site in Canada on which it's possible to look up unclaimed benefits. Almost idly, I put in my mother's name, and found that two accounts are still active in her name. One contains nearly $500, the other is an insurance account whose total amount is withheld.
I plan to apply to collect these amounts. But the question is: does my brother-in-law inherit the role of co-executor? And is he due half of whatever comes out of these two accounts?