In recent weeks, the surge in probate fraud cases has been nothing short of astonishing. However, a more insidious trend is rapidly gaining momentum – sibling fraud or sibling embezzlement. Whether it’s fueled by economic strains, strained family relationships, or other factors, the number of cases involving siblings manipulating and misappropriating inheritances is spreading like wildfire.
The Alarming Trend of Sibling Fraud
In the past 20 to 30 days alone, numerous individuals grappling with the loss of a parent or both parents have reached out to us. In the midst of mourning, they discover that the distribution of assets, including real estate, bank accounts, and vehicles, is marred by the improper actions of one or more siblings. Shockingly, even minor children are not spared from this deceit.
Real-Life Scenarios: Forged Documents and Hidden Fortunes
In one distressing case, a 16 or 17-year-old minor learned that a substantial inheritance, totaling close to a million dollars, was intentionally withheld by an older sibling. Claiming that the deceased parents had left no money behind, the young heir later unraveled the truth. Documents were forged, and assets were surreptitiously diverted, leaving the minor with the daunting task of tracing back years to recover what was rightfully theirs.
Why Sibling Fraud Is More Apparent Than You Think
Unlike seasoned fraudsters, many sibling embezzlers are amateurs attempting such deceit for the first or second time. Their lack of experience often results in glaring mistakes, making their actions evident. Even high-level fraudsters, with ample resources to conceal their activities, find it challenging to cover all tracks.
If you suspect a sibling of diverting your inheritance, chances are they haven’t taken the necessary precautions to hide their actions effectively. It’s crucial to trust your instincts – if you’ve already noticed suspicious activities, there’s likely more to uncover.
Empowering Yourself Against Sibling Fraud
1. Conduct a Full Asset Search
To unearth the truth, initiate a comprehensive asset search. This includes a forensic examination of all relevant documents, such as deeds and wills. Scrutinize notaries, verify signatures, and question any irregularities you come across.
2. Seek Professional Assistance
Navigating the intricacies of probate fraud demands professional expertise. Engage a licensed investigator to guide you through the process, ensuring a thorough examination of all elements contributing to the fraud.
3. Honor the Deceased’s Will
Beyond recovering what’s rightfully yours, the pursuit of justice in probate fraud is a homage to the wishes of the deceased. By allowing someone to violate those wishes, you risk not only financial losses but also dishonoring the memory of your loved ones.
Trusting Your Gut and Taking Action
In our extensive experience with probate cases, the correlation between suspicion and actual fraud is striking. Trust your gut instincts, and if something feels amiss, it probably is. Don’t let familial ties cloud your judgment when it comes to protecting your rightful inheritance.
For more information on probate fraud or to explore your options with a licensed investigator, visit our website. Together, we can ensure that the last will and testament of your departed loved ones are respected, honoring their wishes and preserving your rightful inheritance.