My mother was an abusive person and seemed to be bipolar. One minute she loved me, the next she didn't. For the record, she died when she was 85, recently. My family lives in Texas. I moved to Canada around 25 years ago.
I was going to get half of her 1 million-ish inheritance and my adopted brother would get the other half. She got paranoid about me trying to talk to my estranged brother, thinking I was trying to plot with him how to defraud her of everything before she died, and she wrote me out of her will.
Something tells me my brother didn't fight too hard to stop her from leaving everything to him. True to her word, she left everything to him, the jewelry that was supposed to be mine, all her household goods, family heirlooms and memories. He threw away my mother's entire life because he hated her for how she raised us and how verbally abusive she got at him towards the end of her life.
I've got friends telling me I should try to contest her will. The thing is, she's always been this kind of woman so to suggest she did this due to dementia or declining mental state doesn't fit with how she simply was. As well, I'm an advocate for inheritance rights and if she honestly and legally wrote me out, well... she has the right to do that, no matter how ugly or unfair it seems for me.
I'm wondering that since my mother was in her right mind when she changed her will, and since I'm all the way up in Canada, is it even worth it to try to contest this? I'm also worried that doing so would eat up most of whatever settlement I could even be awarded, making it pointless.
Should I bother contacting a lawyer or is it likely a dead case in the water?