Is there an estate open? Was there EVER an estate open? If so, there is a file with a whole lot of information that you need to get to a lawyer as soon as possible. You do not have enough information, (at least not in your summary), to be able to give you much guidance. It sounds like the court may have caught up with the executor, and the estate may have lost the property. You need to investigate further and try to determine what is going on.
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This sounds like it could potentially be a very difficult situation. I would recommend your friend do what Mr. Frederick suggests and go to the probate court in the county where the father lived to find out if a probate estate was opened.
It is important that your friend contact a probate attorney as soon as possible to find out what options he/she has given the circumstances.
If money is an issue, your friend may be able to get assistance from a legal aid organization.
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Good advice so far. But, the reality is that even if your friend determines that there is a probate pending in court and even if she inspects that file and reads every document in it, she is not going to be able to actually "do" anything without the help of an experienced probate lawyer and one that is experienced in probate litigation. If the assets are significant enough these lawyers will consider working on a contingent fee basis (a percentage of the value of the estate). Your friend might be able to become the "administrator with Will annexed" for the estate. In that case her legal fees would be paid out of the estate assets. On the other hand, it may be too late to preserve the assets if the house has been foreclosed on, which is what it sounds like.
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