@SuiDhaaga I am glad they are far away from you and you have no plan to inform them if anything were to happen. But I am sure by divine grace, he will come home safely after the procedure and live long. Where was the will written in the US or in India? If most of the assets in the will are located in India in certain cities and if the value is in excess of certain value, you may have to go through a probate process which costs approximately 4% of the estate value. The probate process may take at least a year. Once the court decides on the probate, all the uncertainities will disappear as it is the order of a court with right jurisdiction. It is unfortunate, you have to fear the relatives this way when you are clearly the beneficiary in your dad's will.