Lawyer now or later?
August 20, 2011 5:41 PM Subscribe
Uncle has passed - when do we lawyer up?
posted by shino-boy to law & government (7 answers total)
My uncle recently passed away, he lived in Alaska. My mother is flying there next week to get his affairs in order, she's pretty sure he didn't have a will or living trust. My uncle was not married and has one daughter who lives in another country, and they had been estranged for many years
*I* think my mother should contact an Alaskan probate attorney right away (before she even leaves) to try and figure out what needs to happen with my uncle's small estate.
My mother wants to hold off with the lawyering until she gets to Alaska and checks out my uncle's situation - by getting the keys to his house and seeing if he did indeed file a will or other legal documents.
I'm a little worried because I'm not sure, even if the funeral home does release my uncle's house keys to my mother, that she can even legally enter his house.
So, when's the best time to get an attorney involved?