Answers to general legal questions posed by the general public
by Memphis Attorney Christina Burdette
Q: "Inheritance Question - Is This Normal?.....A couple of years ago I had a relative pass away. He did not leave a will. He owned a small trucking company and some real estate that was worth a little over $1 million. There are so many heirs to this estate, however, that my share comes to about $11,000.
It looks like things are about to close on the distribution of the assets. The administrator has sent all of the heirs a letter stating that she is withholding the money until she receives a notarized letter acknowledging that we have received the money. She even included a photocopy of the written check with the letter.
Is it normal for the administrator to withhold money until she receives the acknowledgement back? Somehow it doesn't seem right for me to sign this if I haven't actually received the money.