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Hi and welcome to JA. I am Ray and will be the expert helping you today.
You may well be able to recover from here if fraud is involved.You would want to go tot he county where he deceased and check the probate records here to see if nay probate was filed.It would be under the Estate of your fathers name.
All of this is public record you can see if probate was opened and the inventory would list all the property.You can see what exactly happened here and whether there was a will or not.There you will at least start to find some answers.
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Once you see if probate was filed and what all was part of the estate you can start to unravel this matter.You are likely going to need a local probate lawyer to sue the wife if she has filed fraudulent documents and engaged in self dealing.This is not impossible by any means but you need to do it quick.Civil Fraud by definition usually takes awhile before uncovered , here the courts typically allow a discovery exemption to the statute of limitations since it often takes awhile.
Lawyer referral for you to locate a probate lawyer locally.
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I appreciate the chance to help you tonight and for your patience.I hope you will pursue this matter you deserve your share here.
Here is a great Tennessee case that shows a claim can still be bought if you skip to page 20 here you get tot he relevant part.The whole case lays out the kind of claims that you can bring here.
Please use the lawyer referral and take your documents here that you can gather because time is not on your side and a suit may need to be filed.Thanks again.