(which it has been, for about 3-4 weeks now). My estate lawyer says the courts are "busy" and "behind", which I get with right after the holidays, but here we are in early Feb. ... It's straight forward ... my mother passed away in early Dec., '16. I am the ONLY beneficiary on her will but she did NOT put me on the deed to her house. I've already spend about $5,000 on her house (first half year real estate taxes, $300/month HOA fees). I know I'll get some of this money back once the house is sold (and that's not a problem ... my real estate lady has at least three seriously interested buyers) ... but nothing can be done until I get this LOT. This is in NY, btw, if it makes a difference. The other factor is my older brother (my only sibling), who has lived in a group home for the last 20 or so years. He is mentally disabled (born that way), and my estate lawyer says a court-appointed lawyer has to go to the group home and make sure everything is alright with my brother's care before I can get the LOT. The home takes excellent care of my brother. He and his house mates are clean, the home itself is clean, they get doctor and dentist check ups regularly, eat healthy meals, do lots of activities ... so that's not an issue but it's holding things up ... just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on this. Appreciate any input and have a blessed day !