Q: A decedent passed in September 2021. Their life partner is not allowing and desendants on the property for willed items.
My father passed away September 2021. He left several items in his will to me, and left many items unresolved in his estate. He lived on property owned by his 10 year long life partner (unmarried). The partner is not allowing anyone on site nor is she answering any requests for specific heavily sentimental items. Is there any course of actions I can take to secure these?
A: This depends on many factors, including size of the estate. I recommend contacting a probate attorney, many offer free consultations, including my own firm.
A: Unfortunately this happens too often. The life partner probably feels some entitlement and does not want to deal with the fact that she (or he) has no legal right to your father's property. It is concerning that this has been allowed to linger since September, but I your recommend drafting a letter (not an email) to the partner asking for communication and an opportunity to work things out if possible. It is almost always better to start out that way. If you get no response or no satisfactory response, then your next step is consultation with a probate attorney who can draft a stronger letter prior to instituting any expensive legal proceedings.
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