I agree with my colleagues. In addition to retaining counsel, you should put together any agreements you had with the decedent, as well as time logs and proof of the amount owed to you. If he made previous payments, get copies of the checks to prove your services were compensated for. Good luck.
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You should contact a probate attorney. You have 1 year from the date of death to file a creditor's claim. As a creditor, you can seek to open a probate to file your claim. As to your storage, they have no right to drill your lock. If any of you property is missing, you should file a police report. That said, why was his property in your storage?
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Attorney Shultz is correct. It is vital that you retain California counsel as soon as possible to try and collect the funds. Good luck to you.
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