How to anonymously interact with a Canadian prisoner?
August 15, 2014 6:25 AM Subscribe
An acquaintance died suddenly. All of their possessions were willed to their SO, who is currently incarcerated. How to proceed?
The deceased person's family wants to honour their will, and deliver the possessions to the SO upon release- but they aren't sure which prison the SO is in, or for how much longer (probably in Ontario, possibly 1-2 more years, but this isn't confirmed). The family has never met the SO, and would prefer not to establish personal contact in any way.
The willed items include musical instruments, a used car, clothing, papers, sentimental items, and basic apartment furnishings; this could provide a helpful fresh start upon the SO's release. If the items were sold now, they'd probably net $2K at the most, although they were likely worth about $5K when purchased.
So far, trying to anonymously contact the SO has failed. Unfortunately, this means the SO might not even know that their partner has died (although they may have learned through other channels). The SO's listed lawyer has not returned calls to even confirm that they do indeed represent this person. The family member who moved and stored the items is now out-of-pocket more cash than she can spare, and logistically unable to store the items much longer.
What's the best way to find information about the SO?
How to broker this transaction with no direct contact between family and SO?
Is there some established and economical way to store/deliver items for incarcerated people in Ontario?
If the SO cannot be reached soon, the family member may need to sell the largest and most valuable assets, recoup her moving & storage costs, then hold the rest of the cash for the SO- but there's a concern that the SO will be upset at the loss of the items, or question their diminished resale value... any thoughts on this potential plan?
Any advice on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.