Phoenix, AZ asked in Family Law for Arizona

Q: If my mother-in-law died a week ago and the state has already stepped in to the property taken the animals what can I do

I am the last living relative to my mother-in-law who has died a week ago and I was not notified by anyone of the death I come to find that the state has already taken the animals that were on her property and with her dying with dementia she did not put me as an emergency contact the only relatives left are me and her brother who wants nothing to do with this. She appointed her in-home care assistant which seems odd . How do I regain my rights to her possessions vehicle and animals at this point it seems the state is at fault for not notifying me being the last relative when I was just at her husband's service not to long ago I've lived with her belated son for 39 years married in the same house how could I not have been found when they were looking for a relative? Now what do I do

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Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: You should contact a probate attorney (not a family law attorney) as soon as possible.

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