My father was killed in an accident in France. There has been a lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle who killed him because he was under the influence of drugs. The french lawyer has advised that the family will be awarded an amount of money in the lawsuit. They have determined that the beneficiaries are his 4 adult children (3 of which are adopted and one who is a biological son)and 6 adult grandchildren. They are awarding nothing to his other 4 grandchildren who are under 18. Apparently each of these parties is named as a beneficiary. We are concerned and cannot get answers on why the remaining 4 grandchildren have been totally unaccounted for. Ecxept for the answer "that is just French law". would such a scenario ever happen in the USA?
The 4 children of the deceased had agreed, prior to the lawsuit, that they each put equal amount of money up front for the lawyer retainer and that they split the reward equal 4 ways no matter what. Well now that the french want to include the adult grandchildren is that verbal agreement have any legal standing?