I live in Florida and have custody of my grandson. Two years ago he lost his paternal grandmother and a wrongful death suit was filed. The paternal grandfather contacted me a year ago to advise me that my grandson would have something comeing to him. I was asked to sign a standard document giving the grandfather the right to represent my grandson. I signed the document giving him authorization.
I knew that the lawsuit was scheduled to be resolved by end of September 2011. I have made several attempts to contact him but have no luck in him responding.
I have recently found out that there was a substantial settlement in June of last year but was not made aware of it. I am not sure how much if any my grandson is entitiled to.
If he is entitled to something I would like to have it invested for his future as he is only six years old. The grandfather has a very sordid past and has a history of comingling funds.
Do I have any rights as my grandson's legal guardian? There was no Will. However, I am confused that if I signed something giving him representation, does that give him authority to not notify me and to also keep the funds to do as he sees fit?
1 Answer from Attorneys
YOu may have signed the wrong thing. contact the insurance company and find out what the settlement was. I am sure he had an attorney to represent him in this - contact the attorney and find out if there was an account opened for your grandson. If your grandson received over $15K, an account would have to be established for him. If you gave the grandfather rights, then he probably has the account and is the guardian over it.