Matthew Williams' answer First, you need to make sure you are not getting scammed again. Who called and how do they want you to pay this money back? Police and prosecutors generally do not call people and tell them to pay it back or else, they usually just charge the person. It would be a good idea to get an attorney involved.
James Jeffrey Jackson's answer You should contact a probate attorney in your area. You will most likely have to pay a retainer. If the Barclays account does not have significant value, it may not be worth the cost to open the probate estate.
Joseph Jaap's answer What your brother meant to say is that your father's estate now owns half the house. When it sells, half the sale proceeds will go to the estate, and then the estate will distribute it to you and your brother according to your father's will. If your brother was named on the bank accounts as a co-owner, then he gets that money. Check the ownership of those accounts. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local probate attorney who can review all the actions of the executor and the...
Matthew Williams' answer This is really a personal decision, not a legal question. They should understand the consequence could be quite severe, if the matter is reported. And, particularly if the family is otherwise on good terms, a repayment plan and an a heart to heart may be a much better option.
Kenneth V Zichi's answer 1) Not having a will doesn't mean you don't have to go through probate. Indeed, it likely means you WILL have to go through probate.
2) Simply inform the banks your mother has died, and call the credit card companies with the same information. They will freeze the account automatically until someone is appointed by the Court to act for the Estate.
3) and most importantly, hire a local probate attorney.
Answered on Feb 7, 2015
Matthew Williams' answer Is the bank and cashier from Pakistan or the check? If someone refuses payment of a check in Pakistan, it an issue of Pakistani law and you will need to talk to a Pakistani lawyer about it. In general, however, banks are not required to cash checks if they can point to any reason they believe the check may be stale (too old), fraudulent, or if the person trying to cash the check does not have an account.
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