Keeping Wishes

Swifta

Keeping Wishes

Swifta
I have become executor of my brother's estate. My mother is beneficiary.

My brother (let's call him Mike) and my younger brother (let's call him Dave) don't get alone. Couldn't stand to be in the same room. This came from years of Dave taking advantage of my parents and ultimately "borrowing" $40,000 from my them. He seldom worked and is always inappropriate in his language in groups.

Mike died recently and left his 401k and life insurance policies to our mother.  Now mother wants to use all of Mikes money to pay off her house so she can leave it to Dave.  I know Mike would not like this. Our father wrote Dave out of will a long time ago and Mike upheld his decision and rewrote Mother's will to exclude Dave. Now that Dad and Mike are both gone it is up to me to protect their wishes and her money in the event she needs it in later years. I know that Mike intended for his money to be for my mother and not for Dave's benefit. I also believe he would rather I have his residual money than share it with Dave.

How should I handle this? Thank YOU.