My friend just died and he set up a trust that is funded by multiple insurance policies . We did not receive any power of attorney from the lawyer Michael R . Josey who when I goggled him it says he is suspended per the Avon . We have the death certificates but are having a hard time proceeding . When we call Mr . Josey number his voice mail is full and he is not calling us back .
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If you have copies of the relevant documents, contact another attorney. (I am not sure what you are referring to with the POA however)
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Contact another qualified estate planning attorney you find here on Avvo or elsewhere. Ken Gold
You need a new lawyer. Try an avvo user such as James Frederick who is a top contributor and is in Livonia, that is not too far away from Ann Arbor. You may have to get the old file from the suspended attorney however, and your new lawyer can help with that.
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I agree with my colleagues. What you might do is to contact the bar to find out the details of Mr. Josey's suspension. It may also be published in the Bar Journal. I checked the State Bar site and they do not post the details, there.
I would simply add that a Power of Attorney is probably not relevant in terms of dealing with trust assets. The trust itself should deal with what happens to those assets. A POA form terminates upon death.
I am sorry for your loss and also for the frustration of trying to deal with this attorney. Best wishes for a successful resolution of this matter. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
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