Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
A great deal depends upon the exact wording of the hiring contract with the Finder. If it was based upon locating assets, and you didn't know that any of the accounts existed before they contacted you, then their agreement might be broad enough to cover everything that was held by the State of Wyoming. In other words, it might not be limited to just the jointly held funds. You mentioned "the first claim" which indicates that there was more than one claim filed. Contracts like the one you sign are strictly construed by courts, which means they will pretty much go by the letter of the contract however it reads. The words "estate of" generally means any property held in the name of the deceased person individually, whereas jointly held proaccess to the actual agreement. Nor do I know how much money is involved, because usually the Finder companies are moreperty would not be part of that person's estate. I don't know if this helps or not, because I do not have the actual agreement to read. Finders often are willing to negotiate when issues are not clear, and a court could easily rule against them. I am leaving tonight on a 10 day vacation, so I might not be able to respond to follow-up questions until about the 27th of this month. If you can wait that long For a consultation, I can offer you a telephone conference when I return. Just reply to me on the same thread. By the way, I have a client who I worked closely with in the same business.