Q: My dad died in September 2016. A family member stole his original will while he was dying. Now all we have is his copy.
His only asset is his home that is in disrepair and hoarding situation. The family has already invested $40k in repair and still not done. Can the family receive its compensation prior to credit collectors?
A: There may be a family allowance available for Dad's immediate family under the right circumstances. Typically that takes priority over general creditors. You need to contact a probate attorney in your Dad's area about your specific situation. Many offer free initial consultations. Good luck.
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