I think you need to speak with an attorney immediately. If she passed away without a Will somebody must petition the court to be appointed the Administrator. They can protect the estate from what is going on by relying on Massachusetts law. Eventually the estate should be distributed in an orderly manner. in the meantime, anyone who takes property from the home may need to account for it or be liable to the estate for the fair market value of what was taken.
Speak with a lawyer today. Good luck.
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I suggest that you contact the attorney who asked the court to issue the order and advise him that the order is being violated. The attorney will then bring the issue to the judge's attention if it appears that there are facts to back up your claim.
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I am sorry for your loss.
In light of the fact there is a Court Order in place, I suggest reviewing the order and writing a letter to the Court informing them of the violation of the order. Certainly the attorney who was instrumental in obtaining the Court Order could assist you in this respect or you can retain counsel for yourself, or you can act pro se and do it yourself.
In light of the fact that your mother passed nearly a year ago, and the fact that there has been this Court Order in place, I imagine that someone has been appointed Executor or Administrator for the estate. That person really needs to step up and protect the assets of the estate as they could be personally liable for the inaction that they are taking. Good Luck.
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Get an attorney ASAP. Attorney will know how to intervene and press your interest. Good luck.
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To echo the advice of my colleagues, you need to speak with a probate litigation attorney who can help guide you through the process.
I wish you all the best.
Echoing the answers of the other attorneys, where there are "sides" already "lawyered up", you may find your interests align very closely with one side or the other, and that if this is the case, you may find that you can piggyback on someone else's attorney. The caveat is that they are paying the legal bills, and the attorney is only representing them, and not you. There may be situations where you'd be willing to fight, but they aren't, or vice versa. As long as you are aware of the risks, you may choose not to have your own counsel, or you could engage counsel for a limited purpose. As far as the specific question is concerned, you certainly could a.) advise the attorney who sought the order, and b.) as a pro se, write to the court.
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