Hi everyone, this is my first post on this forum. This is a two question thread. My father lives in Twin Falls Idaho and I currently live in Henderson/Las vegas Nevada. My father had a will prepared this past February. He's 86 years old and dying of stage 4 lung cancer. I was lucky enough to get a copy and read it recently. It has my sister and I as the sole beneficiaries. It states that everything will be divided 50-50. That seemed good to me but then on page 3 I believe it states my father has named his niece and her husband as the executor's. I didnt really know anything about executors until I googled it the other day. Im came back after reading some stories with quite a bit of anxiety. Most of the articles Ive read seem to state how the executor has stolen or embezzled from the deceased. So obviously Im very worried because my dad has only known this person for about 4-5 years. She takes him to his doctor appointments and gets his groceries. Its been hard on me because for the last few years Ive wanted to get him moved down either to my house or my mothers house. We've all offered to care for him but he insists on living up there and he also lives alone. I do talk to the niece on the phone and she keeps telling me that she cares for my dad deeply and says she will honor the will. I want to believe her but people always say one thing and do the opposite. Two points on the will besides the executors that I dont like. One paragragh says something to the effect that if the executor doesnt feel like dispersing an item they dont have to. It was a very vague sentence and make me worried that if she decided to keep my dads house she would be able to. The other point is at the end of the will. It states that any beneficiary who contests the will in any way will be cut from the will. That sentence blew me away. Its almost like the will contradicts itself. It starts out by saying the beneficiaries split everything but then later it says its really up to the executor and dont even bother challenging them. Seems like a lose for the beneficiaries and a win for the executor. Also my dad signed with an attorney because he has Mesothelioma. That is lung cancer from asbestos. He was in the Navy for 30 years. I actually found the law firm online and my dad signed with them recently. Ofcourse the niece sat in with my dad and the lawyer. Theres a possiblity my dad will get close to or more than a million dollars.
The problems Im havinmg are that my father doesnt realy tell me anything. I keep asking him and asking him and he really doesnt want to talk about it. My question to anyone reading this very long thread is what do i do? Is there anything I can do? Im worried this person is going to take everything my dad is suppose to leave me and my sister. Lots of sentimental things like pictures and all my dads Navy stuff. Should I be worried? Also if my dad gets the settlement from the lawsuit will she be awarded the money? From what Ive already been told the lawsuit would turn into a wrongfull death lawsuit and only the kids of the deceased would recieve whatever is awarded. If anyone can give me some advice and point me in the right direction Id really appreciate it. Thanks in advance