My brother lived with a women in Florida for 20 years . She was previously married to a colonel in the military who passed away and left her with 100% benefits which included an over $1000.00 pension every month.
On November 8,2015 my brother passed away suddenly just two months after being diagnosed with cancer.
She had POA
and was his health care proxy. We were not able to make any decisions for him at all when he really needed someone to intervene. He was moved to hospice and we were never given the proper informational to where he was. Once he enter hospice care it was like we were non existent.
Upon receipt of his Death Certificate we noticed she signed said Certificate as his wife! My brother had no Will she had him cremated, she signed him over to the Crematory as his wife, she was not his next of kin. She denied his seven siblings any decisions pertaining to his death whatsoever! We all at different times flew down to be with him, we all live in Massachusetts and it was so difficult.
Our questions to you are:
Should she still receive A VA pension? Is what she did legal?
We are looking for legal advice, as his next of kin as to what direction would you suggest we go? Are we able to retrieve any or all of his personal possessions?