You need to provide some additional information. However, and in general, there may be several potential causes of action. In addition, you would likely need to have an Administrator appointed to handle the estate unless your father had a will.
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As stated, not enough information provided for us to help you out.
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I am sorry your father passed. I am hoping you don't mean he was laying there dead for a month without anyone knowing. That would be awful.
Regardless, my suggestion would be to contact an attorney who practice nursing home abuse law in New York. That attorney will work with you to determine whether you have a case.
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