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Asked on: 6/06/08, 3:59 am

Family Estate Fraud?

My grandfather has a 200 acre ranch that has been handed down for over 150 years. Recently he was diagnosed with Dementia. He showed signs long before the actual diagnosis and in the 2 months before his diagnosis his daughter took him down to the Notary Public and misrepresented some documents he was signing. He believed he was signing a 20 acre parcel to her and actually it was the entire 200 acres. She then took the document (unknown) to the family probate attorney and apparently he never looked over the document and just handed her grandfathers Deed to the ranch. Yes, she was intentionally deceptive due to the fact that he'd recently re-married with a women 30 yrs younger than himself and greed. His daughter told me that the probate attorney realized, after phone calls from the family cpa, that he could lose his license because he wasn't supposed to hand her the Deed. Now that grandfather found out he signed the entire ranch to her he wants it back. There are other family members that are supposed to get acres including a son of grandfathers. The probate attorney told grandpa he couldn't reprsnt him anymore because grandpa hadn't done business with him in 5 yrs. He has grandpa's living trust. What can we do? Daughter uncooperat

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