Q: Can I open my son's estate if his wife won't
THAT'S A REALLY GOOD QUESTION
A lot depends on the nature and circumstances of why that hasn't yet happened. Parents MAY in certain circumstances be eligible to file the estate.
It would be smart to find out if there is a will too.
Estates can be a bit complicated.
While most PI lawyers (accident lawyers) know how to set up an estate and negotiate claims involving Wrongful Death, most of us would first make sure there is "standing" to do that.
That'll take a longer conversation than works online.
Best bet is to talk to an attorney, get some information, and check out options.
Many if not most PI lawyers give free consults, so it wouldn't cost anything to ask some basic questions.
The Wilcox Law Firm in Morganton is excellent and they likely could give some more detailed/helpfull info on estates and filing.
Thereafter, maybe talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer in North Carolina.
Sorry for your loss
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