I received a letter from Legal Claimant Services. How and where do I research to determine if this is legitimate or fraudulent?Than you for your time and response. No, the letter is not available via link. The letter from Legal Claimant Services is in regard to my deceased father (several years ago) asking for the name / telephone # of the executor, attorney or the heirs. Yes, he is my father, but I'm extremely hesitant to call them, and or give them any information without first being able to somehow determine if this is some type of fraud / scam. My sincere apologies for being vague, but I'm wary of how much additional information to disclose here as well.
Unable to respond to your question as posed. Can you provide a link to the letter? What is the subject matter of the letter and what information does it seek or provide. With all of this information, I or another attorney can respond in an intelligible fashion. Thank you.
When your father passed away, did the estate go through probate? If so, I would suggest contacting the attorney that handled the probate and asking him if he could look into it. From the sound of it they might be looking to file a claim against the estate for some money owed. Generally, however, there's a statute of limitations on when a claim can be filed against an estate. I'm not a probate attorney, however, and I assume there could be certain types of claims (such as for taxes or medicare reimbursement) that may have longer statutes of limitations. Alternatively, it could be a state agency (or a private company working for a state agency) that deals with abaondoned property. Oftentimes when someone dies they may have had a bank account, stocks, pensions, etc... that the rest of the family knew nothing about. They also may have paid security deposits for utilities that are due to be returned as refunds. This property goes to the state if no one claims it after a period of time but most states make an effort to try and locate the owners or heirs. Of course it's also possible that it's some sort of scam. I would perhaps first try a Google search of the company to try and get more information on them. If that fails, a simple call to them asking for more details from THEM before you give out any of YOUR information would be advisable. Any reputable company or agency should have no problem giving enough information to allay your concerns.
Agree with the above answers - try contacting the lawyer that probated your father's estate first.
Legal Claimant Services is a real company. I have linked to their website below as well as to the Better Business Bureau listing for their parent company.
Best of luck.
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