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URGENT ! I LIVE IN CT. MY DAD XXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX, PASSED IN HOSPICE IN DADE CITY PASCO COUNTY FL. MY SISTER & BROTHER TOOK CARE OF HIM. MY DAD HAD MY CONTAINER OF MY MOTHERS ASHES WHICH HE GAVE ME WHEN SHE PASSED IN 1993 & I LET HIM HOLD ON TO THEM BECAUSE IT GAVE HIM COMFORT. WE AGREED IT WOULD BE RETURNED TO ME WHEN HE PASSED WITH SOME OF HIS ASHES MIXED WITH MY MOM'S. MY SISTER ASLO AGREED TO THAT BUT NOW THAT HE PASSED 4/27/13 SHE IS REFUSING TO RETURN MY MOTHER'S ASHES TO ME & WON'T GIVE ME ANY OF MY DAD'S EITHER. SHE IS GOING TO BURY BOTH ASHES & WON'T GIVE ME ANY INFO ON WHERE OR WHEN HE IS/WAS CREMATED OR WHERE THE ASHES WILL BE BURIED. MY MOM'S ASHES HAVE BEEN MY PROPERTY SINCE '93 & THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO BURY THEM. IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING. I DON'T KNOW WHO IS IN CHARGE OF ANYTHING. THANK YOU, XXXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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I am very saddened and sorry to hear about your situation. I am sorry that the only way to prevent your sister from doing this is to bring an action against her seeking a court order to stop her and to return your property. You should have legal representation to assist you with this type of lawsuit.
I am sure you have tried talking to other relatives to help talk some sense into her, but if you have not while not a legal solution may be beneficial for you.
It is unlikely that legal aid will assist with this matter but you may seek the assistance of a local attorney in the county is which she resides. While you could bring an action against her in your home state, it is likely more efficient to bring an action to stop her in the county in which she lives. Here is a link to the Florida State Bar Lawyer Referral Service that can provide a contact name of lawyers that may be willing to assist at a reduced cost: www.floridabar.org/divpgm/lronline.nsf/wreferral6?openform
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I have already tried the Fl state bar referral & got no answer.
how do I find out who did my dad's will if there is even one & who is handling the estate? I am leaving for FL Monday to go on my 1st vacation ever & was supposed to see my dad, but now that he has died my sister said if I stepped foot on her property she would have me arrested.
is there any type of proof I can bring with me to show that my mom's ashes are actually mine?
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