I have a complicated situation regarding my mother
(residing in California) and her estranged husband (resided in Oregon). He just passed away and they are still married, but she has been living with me in California for the past two years. She has mental health issues and has been hospitalized several times because of it since she began living with me.
When she left her husband she thought she had signed over everything and had her name taken off all of the paperwork and accounts. Now she's been told that his bank account is overdrawn by over $1,000 and as more debt charges are attempted she would be responsible for all of those debts. Her name is ***** ***** on the mortgage, and he has an RV that he bought and her name is ***** ***** that as well. We have access to his bank account or statements, don't know about any other debts, and his adult children are having challenges finding documentation. My mom does not have much money, just some money she received after her mother passed away last year. She has a small amount of social security coming in now ($750), and he had been sending her $700 per month for spousal support
on his own because they never did anything to make the separation
I assume we need figure out how to get access to his accounts, put some money in to pay bills until everything is resolved. My mom wants to have his daughter take over the house payments since she's been living in the house anyway, and she's concerned about her and her husband missing payments.
Do we need to get an attorney to help us figure this stuff out? She doesn't want anything other than the social security and any pension payments that are due to her, and then any money that he left in his small life insurance plan for her (probably a couple thousand dollars). But she also doesn't want to be held accountable for his debts. We just don't know what to do. any advice would be greatly appreciated