Ugh!!! Read my last response to fill you in. In any case, I know you are right. I know the contents that were sold certainly did not amount to the money that has been spent. Most of the furniture is still there. My SIL was only 66 and really did not want to face the fact that she was dying. She had lost her husband five years earlier and things went down hill soon after that for her. I know there was no way she was going to give the house to my niece before her death. I do know that she left $20,000 for the upkeep of the house in a joint checking with my niece. It was supposed to last two years but, the taxes on the house were over $12,000 a year so it was not enough. If there were savings bonds with my niece's name on them in the home, I do not know. I only know that she has spent over $50,000 between the car and the home improvements she did on her house since my SIL's death. Before that, she was pinching pennies. She doesn't work and has two children.
Tomorrow I am going to the Surrogate Court to see what I can find out. Without a copy of the Will, I can't be sure what was left to them. I only know the five heirs (my Husband, three children, one sister and my MIL)were left 10% of the residual estate, and my niece and nephew get 20% each and another 10% to the executrix. That is what the letter says that we received from the attorney a year and a half ago. Of course, none of that has been distributed yet.
You know, if it wasn't that my MIL was still alive, I do think my husband would have been rocking the boat sooner. This whole thing gets him very aggrevated and I know you are right, but I'm going to have to try and convince him to take some action. I hesitate to get too involved, because I'm the out-law here and it's the only family he has left. My SIL made a big mistake here leaving the kids in charge and I know she thought she had time to make changes because my MIL told me she was going to. Unfotunately, she thought she had more time than she did. Of course, there's only one other person who I know would really rock the boat, that's my middle child, she'd have no problem doing it I'm sure. Only her Dad could stop her, but I don't think he would.