1 Comments Wills, probate, letters of administration, powers of attorney
I'm sorry to hear about all the issues on top of losing your husband. I don't blame you if you are stressed. Firstly, you are the executor of your late husbands will. You are not the executor of your father-in-laws will nor are you, any longer, the power of attorney for your father-in-law. If your late husband did defraud your father-in-law, without your knowledge, that doesn't extend to you just because you were the executor of your late husband's will. His will has nothing to do with any dealings with the father-in-law. These are two separate things. The moment your husband died, everything linking him to any fraud ceases to exist. You are not him. If your husband, in his will, dedicated anything to others, then as the executor it is your responsibility to follow the wishes written in the will. If you have done that, then your job is done. It sounds like the sister-in-law is being a bully. Make sure you keep all information documented, including anything verbal, keep a diary. If she does take you to court, you can state that you paid back the $9,000, as requested and as was verbally agreed on between your late husband and his father. There's nothing for her to take you to court for, you didn't defraud your father-in-law, you didn't handle his finances when the accusation of fraud was made for. Your actions have not been illegal. It may have been, but you don't know for sure, your late husband involved in that. If there are items left behind that weren't dealt with in your late husbands will, such as photos etc, she's not necessarily entitled to them anyway. What about his children? If you don't want the items and if his children don't want the items, then you get to make the decision as to whether you want her to have them. They are yours now. She can certainly try to fight you in court for them, but that would be a very costly way to go and legal aid will not help with that, she will have to get a normal solicitor. Make sure you keep a record of every dealing you have regarding this.