Hi, thanks for submitting your question today. I understand the issues of your matter completely, and, if I understand your question correctly, you want to know if a lawyer would take this on a contingency and whether you should go after this woman and the bank.
Most certainly you could find an attorney to take this case on contingency. What is really being alleged here is fraud and violation of fiduciary duty
by the bank. In other words the claim against the woman would be that of misrepresenting your father's signature on the check and the claim against the bank would be that they failed to check the signature on the note against the one in their records. To me, and I suspect most attorneys, the contingency fee on $150,000 (about a 3rd) is nothing to sneeze at.
As I stated above,you would have a claim against the bank as well as the woman. You will first need to be appointed personal representative of your dad's estate (by the probate court) before you can technically bring this claim. I also suspect your attorney would want to do a temporary restraining order on the account, to ensure the money in that CD is not taken somewhere where you'll never have access to it again. So, time is of the essence here. If this is something you want to do, it is better to do it soon.
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