My Dad recently passed away. He was with a woman for almost 25 years but they we're never married. I am his only child. How would I go about retrieving his things legally?
Hello. Sorry that your dad died but expect he's in heaven with Jesus and God and 'life is good' for him! A few starting point questions would be:
1. Can you simply talk with the lady? Are you worried about 'destruction of property', that sort of thing? Do you think the situation is time urgent, even a time crisis?
2. Is your concern one of sentimental items with NO concern about you receiving your 'rightful money' at this time?
Perhaps you would be wise to hire a qualified & exp'd att'y at this time to help you take appr' action steps?
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Ms. Dwyer poses some excellent questions. I have one further inquiry: Did your Dad have a will prepared? If there are specific items that you want that are mentioned in the will, and these items are bequeathed to you, you have a right to possession of all such items. Even without a will, you may be your Dad's only heir, and may be entitled to possession of all of your Dad's property under the laws of intestate succession. If the woman your Dad will not permit you to take possession of the items you want, then there is nothing else you need do. You should contact her and see if she is willing to be cooperative. However, if this woman will not permit you to take possession, you will likely have to retain counsel for the purpose of obtaining these things. Good luck to you.
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