It has been confirmed that there is existing unclaimed money held in the State of Florida. I believe that my daughter is the only living heir. She lives in Michigan. This relative is the brother of my deceased husband whom has not been in her life for many years. Would it be beneficial for her to obtain a lawyer? What would the approximate fees be? Would she need a lawyer in the state of Florida or Michigan ? We have been contacted by several locator companies. What do you recommend?
Yes, yes and yes! Have you daughter contact a licensed FL attorney to investigate further into their unclaimed assets. ()The AVVO site would be a very good resource).
In your contact, then ask the atty for an engagement letter with terms as to fees. Stay away from locator companies. They will rip you off, taking by a percentage.
Your daughter should find an attorney in Florida to handle this matter for her. There should be a written agreement spelling out how fees will be calculated. Best of luck.
I agree that this is a Florida law matter. It is unclear how much money is involved, but Florida has a relatively generous "small estate" procedure, if probate is necessary, at all. The first step may be for your daughter to contact unclaimed property to determine how to make a claim. Once she has done that, she can decide if an attorney is needed.
She should start here: https://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/UnclaimedProperty/
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