What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? CA
My wife believed that her former father in law had purchased Microsoft Stock Shares for his grand daughter and grand son, when they were born in '90 and '92, respectively. The "former" father (I adopted his children at his request and my pleasure and love for them) said no such stocks, account exist and that my wife was fabricating this. He stated this in court proceedings. Well I have found the stocks and they were sold last year, March 2008, seven months before my daughter's 18th Birthday. The account has a 1099 Div and shows there were 400 shares but could not produce more information on my daughter's request because the agent was no longer with American Stock and Transfer Co.
So I (my 18 yr old daughter) have account information which shows shares were surrendered last year when her former father told here she should emancipate herself and then pushed her to me for adoption. This was crushing my daughter so I adopted her since she saw her father was simply abandoning her. But it was around this time that her former grandfather sold and moved these shares. As I understand the UGM is an irrevocable gift. The grandfather contributer was also the custodian. Is he required to surrender those shares or sales of those shares to my daughter? Do I file a law suit, subpoena tax and financial records from the custodian, former father, etc? Help.