Thank you! I'm not for sure where her actual address would be, she was in the nursing home and the hospital she passed away in, out of state, just over the state line. I live in Northeast Alabama, she passed away in Tennessee, and was in the nursing home in Tennessee prior to passing. Would that be her actual residence then? I do appreciate your help and answering so quickly. my mom was my best friend, and this is killing me that these people are so cold hearted to keep my mother's mementos, & personal belongings from me and her only grandchildren. She had promised several of her belongings to me and her grandsons when/if she passed away. One being a very expensive baby grand piano that my mother bought and paid for herself. And several other expensive furniture items, jewelry, clothing, electric wheel chair, brand new Kindle Fire, and possibly cash that she had saved in the nursing home.
Unfortunately, it's not a cut-and-dry question. If she moved to the nursing home more than a year ago based upon her own decision to do, then she'd be a Tennessee resident. If a family member moved her there without her knowledge, she'd probably still be considered to be an Alabama resident. If you can't decide, you're probably better off probating in Tennessee since the death certificate was issued there and will show her residence being there.
She was moved to the nursing home because she was a paraplegic, the ALACARE Hospice center is the ones that set the whole thing up after finding out from our local hospital from CT Scans and x-rays that she had a spinal cord injury causing the paralysis. And I would not be able to physically care for her, being that I have 2 rare neurological illnesses also. I know its quiet confusing, and I apologize. She was aware of being moved to the nursing home tho. So I am assuming it would be better off probating this in Tennessee. Am I correct? I don't really know where to begin or who to contact to do this either. This is all new to me. My mom was very young when she passed away, only 57 years old. thank you again for your time.
oh, no, 57 is way too young. I'm so sorry. Yes, given what you've said, I'd probate this matter in Tennessee.