Wednesday, July 29, 2015

There's a will - and a way to make it right

DEAR HARRY: Our widowed mother just passed away. She is survived by three daughters. Her will, which was signed back in 2011, left everything equally to my older sister and me. My younger sister got nothing. The lawyer who wrote the will told us he never knew that our mother had three daughters. We are at a complete loss to understand this since my younger sister was the one who did the most to care for her. Mother could not have read that will since she was almost blind.

Now to my problem. We want to make everything equal, three ways. The lawyer said that my mother may very well have had her reasons for not leaving our sister anything. We doubt that. We agreed to follow whatever you suggest.

WHAT HARRY SAYS: You have given me a lot of unwanted responsibility, but I feel very strongly that I am right. I understand fully what the lawyer has said, but there is good reason to agree with your doubt.

Moreover, the estate now belongs to you and your older sister. If you choose, you could give all to your friends or some charity, or just blow it at the casinos. Why should you not do what you think is right for your own sister?

Let me say further that I admire you for what you are doing. There are many who would find reasons for doing otherwise.

Email Harry Gross at, or

write to him at Daily News, 801 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Harry urges all his readers to give blood. Contact the American Red Cross at 800-Red Cross.

Daily News Personal Finance Columnist
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