Phoenix, AZ asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Arizona

Q: How do I get a copy of my dads Death Certificate and his Will? I live in Arizona and my dad lived in New Jersey?

My sister is not cooperating with me at all. She claims all papers including his Will, and Death Certificates were destroyed in a mysterious house fire last year. My dad left some property and money behind and I believe my sister has been lying about everything.

3 Lawyer Answers
Douglas Price
Douglas Price
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Good afternoon,

Since your Dad was a New Jersey resident you need a New Jersey lawyer to assist. Perhaps the lawyer could start with a letter to your sister. I recommend one of my law school classmates who is licensed in New Jersey, Micahel D. Carroll. Give him a call or send an email:

http://mcarroll-law.com/index.html

PHone 609-601-9500.

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: I am so sorry for your loss.

You can apply for copy of your father's death certificate online. I believe the office is:

Department of Health | Vital Statistics | Order a Vital Record www.state.nj.us › health › vital › order-vital

That being said, the situation sounds strange to me. I strongly urge you to hire an attorney in the county in New Jersey where your father lived at the time of his death. The attorney there can check the court records to find out if a probate was filed. Or not. The attorney can represent your interests with the family to determine, what is happening. There are many great attorneys listed on Justia.com

Andre Lee Pennington
Andre Lee Pennington
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Waddell, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: This is a question for a New Jersey attorney. Most states have rules that require executors/personal representatives to provide a copy of the Last Will and Testament to surviving heirs.

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