My brother and I have 2 step-siblings. Dad died in 2003 and left everything to my stepmother (there was a newer will written which she hid and filed an old one that was more to her benefit, but alas since we couldn't prove it, there was nothing we could do). She died in 2011 and if there was any money left in her estate, we kids were each to get a fourth. Stepsister is executor and has not been forthcoming with any information (just says there wasn't anything left). 5 years later, we get a letter from the probate attorney requesting that we sign and notarize that we received our just distribution and relinquish any further claim to the estate. My brother and I never got ANYTHING, no records of any assets or expenses paid...is this a normal thing to do to close the estate, because I never heard of such a thing. How can we find out if we were due anything? I would hire an attorney to send a letter, but if there is truly nothing left, the fees would just be money down the drain. There is a clause in her will that says no accounting can be forced unless a fiduciary agent was used, so since my stepsister was executor, does that mean we can't have access to any of that information and just have to "trust" her that nothing was left? It's highly unlikely that there wasn't anything, as she had significant assets at one time. I'm frustrated, confused and angry because I thought this was all a done deal, and here it is in my face again. What should I do? Do you think the attorney is pressuring closing the case so he can get final payment, or are our stepbrother and stepsister trying to pull a fast one? And why would they need our signatures if everything had been distributed as directed?