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Asked on: 7/02/12, 4:32 pm

My mother died in Dec 2011 (in Colorado) at the age of 95. Our father died many years ago and it is just us 3 sons. After 6 months of dodging us, our oldest brother finally sent us the will, which we were shocked to find out that everything was left to him, leaving my younger brother and I out completely. Back in 2000, our brother manipulated our mother into buying a house in Colorado for him & her to live in under the guise he was taking care of her. He hadn't worked for years and needed her to live off, which was why he moved her so far away from the family. Through the years she complained to all of us that she wanted him to get a job and move out (big brother has always been a mooch) and she wanted to come home (Seattle). Around 2008 she started developing Alzheimer's, eventually requiring complete care. We tried to get him to move her back home (Seattle) so we all could help take care of her but he refused. In 2009 a will was drawn up leaving everything to him (unknown to any of us). He has had years now to clean out everything she owns and now all that is left is basically the house he got her to buy. She has always told us everything was to be split between her 3 sons. Do we have grounds to contest this will? I know in my heart our mother would never have willingly given everything to him and nothing to us. Please help.


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