I'm very sorry to hear this. I'd sit down with a Litigation Attorney in your area. See Avvo.com under Find-A-Lawyer. She was not his next of kin and proceeded without authority. Good Luck on this.
I am truly sorry for your loss.
I agree with the other attorney. You need to meet with an attorney and discuss your case in person.
Now you realize since you never made an appearance in Louisiana to visit your brother and "no one" knew you existed. Of course, in hindsight you realize you should have done this.
If this woman does not have any money, I' m not sure what you hope to gain other than venting your anger. Lawsuits are expensive and time consuming. You need to give some serious thought into what you hope to gain by a lawsuit before moving forward. Discuss with the attorney about the realistic results of a lawsuit. With tort reform, you might be surprised at the end result -- it might not be worth suing.
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Hi, I am sorry for your loss and the difficultly you have experienced. I agree with Counselor Potter's assessment that it appears from your post you would benefit from an evaluation by an experienced contested probate litigator who practices in the county your bother resided in at the time of he went to be with the Lord. You can search here on Avvo.com as I have found many of the best practitioners in the country participate on this website.
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