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Can you please tell me whether or not you are sure that your most-recently deceased parent had a will? What has your brother told you about the will and what was left? Were your parents in a nursing home before they died?
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Jane Doe Deer
The first thing to do is check the court records for the county in which your parents died. Wills are filed with the court in the Probate division. The files are public records. If you can't find them in that county, find out from the clerk's office if there is a way to do a statewide search for you in your state, checking the records of all counties.If wills have been filed in court, just go to the courthouse and read them. Expect to pay per page for any copies you want to buy - bring $50 in cash, at least. If you cannot find a will, your next step would be to open a probate case yourself, and have a judge make your brother provide all financial evidence he has been withholding from you. I would use a probate attorney for this myself, even though I'm an attorney, because I personally don't like dealing with accounting and financial records, but that's your choice, of course.May I be of any further help to you today? It's pouring rain here, so I'll be close to my computer for the rest of the day.My best,Jane
Hi! I think our messages may have crossed. I answered at length right above your last post, with an explanation of what to do if the will has been filed in court, and what to do if it hasn't been.Does that answer your question?
Yes. You seemed to have missed it, above. I said the "Probate Division." I'm sorry for the loss of your parents.My best,Jane
Thanks so much. If I answered your question, please "accept" my answer so that Just Answer can continue this service.Hugs,Jane
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