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There is a lot you can do, but realistically you are going to have to have a lawyer to do it.
The probate court can get involved since the property doesn't belong to the brother.
I'm not sure what other questions you have.
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Is $5000 a reasonable retainer. They tell me it is likely they will want me to "pay off" the legal system and "buy back" the house with money I don't have. I haven't retained them yet because it didn't sound very promising and I don't want to throw more money away as this is all costing me a lot now since I am keeping up the utilities, etc for that house as well as my own. I don't mind if I don't end up in the situation they are describing.I do want to fight it but not sure about this firm. How do I go about finding a good attorney for this? How can the police steal my brother's trash, lie about what I said to them and then take my property. The paperwork says "the People adopt and incorporate by reference each and every allegation set forth in Paragraphs 8 and 9-which allege I made several statements (particularly that I knew he was selling drugs from the house and that I said he had no other source of income-actually he had cashed in an annuity several months before and was living on that....)
It is not unreasonable at all. However, I think based on what they told you that you may want to look around a little more before hiring someone. There are a number of good defenses that you have.
One issue is that the home is owned by an estate and they have to be a part of this.
Obviously, the estate can't know that the home was being used for this.
I don't mind the retainer if the outcome of outright seizure or having to "buy back" the house I don't want. So how do I find a good one? I have to file w/in 21 days. I work full time in another town so honestly don't have a lot of time to look around, are there any good "shortcuts" to find someone I am more confident in?
Ask around. Look for one who does civil trial law, you should be able to find one at www.lawyers.com. Ask them about the estate issue and see what they say.
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