My mother's only assets were personal possessions, a low value vehicle and what I assume is an almost empty bank account. My purpose is to gain access to her Ancestry.com account. She spent about 20 years researching and I have to be the executor for Ancestry to allow me access to her account.
I reside in Seminole County, Florida. She was a resident and died in Volusia County, Florida.
Sorry for your loss. You would need to file a Summary Administration in the county where she resided when she died. You would need to contact a Probate Attorney in the area to handle this for you.
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My condolences on the death of your mother.
First, verify in writing that Ancestry.com is going to preserve your mom's account data pending an appointment by the surrogate as to her personal representative.
Being as old as I am, to me that means not only via email with a reply confirmation but by certified mail, rrr (yes, I told you I am old-62) and regular mail to whatever address they designate for "snail mail".
Take yourself to the probate court in Volusia County and speak to them as to the next step which is probably your application to be appointed her personal representative.
Very sorry for your loss on the passing of your mom, please accept my condolences . In order to pursue this you are going to need a Florida Probate Attorney, In Florida the Executor is the Personal Representative and you are designated as the Personal Representative only through Formal Administration in Florida, this will cost you time and money.
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