My son has passed away, he was not married and has no children. Do I need to get an attorney or power of attorney to handle his affairs ( dispose of his apt, storage lockers, vehicles, funeral)
I am so sorry for your loss of your son. You cannot get a power of attorney now because he is not available to sign one. Generally, as next of kin, you will be able to take care of his funeral. You will have to ask his landlord about his apartment. I did once have to open an estate just so the Mom could get into the apartment. The same would be true for storage lockers. I suggest you see a probate attorney in Tampa.
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I agree with Ms. Lindquist, next of kin can make any necessary funeral arrangement. If you can prove your relationship to you so, most apartment complexes will give you access to collect his personal property. If they refuse, you would have to open up an estate through the probate courts. See out a probate attorney if this happens.
I am truly sorry for your loss. Unfortunately your question does not have an easy answer. The size of your son's estate is one of the key things that will determine if you need an attorney or not. You need to contact a probate attorney who can better advise you based on the facts of your case.
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