It depends on whether or not you have been granted nonintervention powers in the Order authorizing your Letters Testamentary. If you have, the estate is not under the Court's jurisdiction in the first place and there is no reporting requirement.See question
A big question is whether or not the Executor is doing this with Nonintervention Powers. If they are, then a Petition may not be needed. A simple demand letter from an attorney to the Executor and some negotiating might get the job done. That way you can keep it out of Court but still get the relief you want.
According to WA law (RCW 11.02.130), whatever provisions there may be in the safe deposit box lease/agreement regarding things like: your name being on the safe deposit box, or co-ownership of box with the deceased, does NOT allow transfer of possession of the box's contents directly to you outside of probate. The contents of the box are part of the deceased's estate.
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I'm very sorry for your loss.
"Letters Testamentary" are what the Court gives you after you've successfully opened the estate for probate and the Court designates you as the Executor(trix) or Adminstrator(trix).
A "Small Estate Affidavit" is a series of documents/waivers which enable you to essentially avoid probate altogether; but there are certain requirements and your father's estate may not qualify.
From what you are describing, you need an attorney to walk you through which of the above your situation qualifies for, the possible steps to be taken, and assist youin order to get the bank to comply.
Ex-stepparents are legal strangers to their children unless certain acts exist that prove that they are still acting as a parent. In other words, "De Facto Parentage" is a specific remedy that only applies in certain factual situations.
One of the elements is that "the natural or legal parent consented to and fostered the parent-like relationship," Since you no longer seem to have that consent from the natural parent, de facto parentage would no longer seem to be an option for you at this point.
The answer to your immediate question is: "nothing". Based just on what you have shared, he has no standing to ask a court to restrict your relocation.
However, depending on the facts (How is TX a better life for your son? What is the biological father's life like, etc etc), it might be in your best long term interests for YOU to establish paternity/child support obligations. For one thing, you child has that money to them (for the next 17 years+). Second, you would not want the putative father showing up and causing trouble with a paternity / custody action later on as a surprise. Discuss it with an attorney to see how the timings of things can play out.See question
The specific wording of the Parenting Plan (PP) will determine whether or not your ex has the authority to stop counseling sessions for your daughter. An attorney can confirm that your interpretation is correct. And-- if your interpretation of the PP is correct-- that attorney can help you prepare and file the proper Motion, if your ex continues to not comply with the Court's orders.See question
Is this accusation an actual lawsuit, or just a threat of one? Either way, you should consult with an attorney and share the facts so they can advise you. If you've actually been sued, then you might have a deadline in which to reply.See question
Courts have the power to summon anyone for whom they have subject-matter and personal jurisdiction over, any time they want.See question
In the type of scenario you are describing, parenting plans can be modified by a Court when the Court decides that “substantial changes” in circumstances have occurred since the decree which make the current situation “detrimental to the child's physical, mental, or emotional health and the harm likely to be caused by a change of environment is outweighed by the advantage of a change to the child” or if adjusting the parenting plan would be in the “best interests of the child”.
Criminal charges against a parent often constitute a “substantial change” in circumstances. So, you should be able to ask the Court to modify the Parenting Plan. Consult with an attorney for specific suggestions after they gather all the facts about your situation.
Best of luck to you and your family.See question