We hired a probate lawyer, I even went to the consult when we hired him. My brother told the lawyer then he didn't have a felony record. When the probate lawyer started the process and filed with the court his record apparently popped up. I can't get any answers from my brother about this now. Can I call the probate lawyer to get my questions answered? I want to get this process finished and move on.
Most states will not allow a person with a felony record to become an estate administrator. Please discuss this with the probate lawyer.
Yes. You should contact the probate lawyer directly. Washington statute RCW 11.36.021 says that a person who has committed a felony and/ or a crime of moral turpitude cannot act as a personal representative. If the lawyer is aware of this, the lawyer should have brought it to your brother's attention and the lawyer should have approached the alternate executor/ PR named in your parent's will. It's possible the lawyer did so but has not told you. Contact the lawyer and find out the status. You can also look up the case in the court's system (under your Dad's or Mom's name- which ever's estate is being probated). If a probate action has been filed, you'll be able to review the pleadings and see what has taken place.
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