My mother Died in 2003 I've reopened her estate 2019 I found the will but no trust.
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There are a LOT of facts missing. Why did you reopen the estate? Presumably, you became aware of assets that had not been part of the original probate. We need to know about those assets. Why do you think there is a trust? You can track SOME assets through public records. This is easiest to do with real estate. With other assets, you may be able to provide letters of authority and get information. Without knowing more about your particular facts, it is hard to give you additional guidance.
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First, what do you mean by "reopened"? Was there a probate back near 2003? Was it with a will?
Second, do know know if there was ever a "trust"??? Not everyone does estate planning with a trust. There may be only a will.
Third, do you know of the assets that your Mom left? 16 years ago was a long time. Why have you waited so long. Are there assets titled in her name, only her name, and/or are they titled in the name of a trust? Many people prepare and execute trust documents but never fund them appropriately with assets. Deeds and tax bills are usually a good source of looking into the transfer history for that purpose.
The deceased lawyer is no longer involved in this. You should retain new legal counsel however, to pursue this properly. Good luck.
Consult with a new probate lawyer. The lawyer can help you handle the case properly and can figure out how to handle the issue of the missing trust.
I am licensed to practice law in Michigan and Virginia and regularly handle cases of this sort. My answering your question does not establish an attorney-client relationship. You should consult a lawyer so you can tell the lawyer the entire situation and get legal advice that is precisely tailored to your case.