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Hello there -
Have you received any legal service of process from the probate court or from the son's attorney? Or was this just a request from the son?
Thank you for responding
Nothing from probate court.
I got a "Notice of Administration of the Estate of (name of the person) Decedent", I think its a form number DE-157, a form DE-172 Creditor's Claim that is not filled and a service list, with my name and address on it, from the son's attorney.
This is all I got. The rest were just phone, email and in person conversation with the son.
Hello again Lavi -
While this entire situation is unfortunate, if you are certain that the brother is the administrator of the estate then it is legally true that the sister really had no right to give you the personal items of the deceased woman without the brother's permission. Only the administrator of an estate can legally dispose of anything from the estate -- including clothing and things that really do not seem to have any real value. You did absolutely nothing wrong here, but if you still have the items, my suggestion is to return them to him -- but make sure that you get an inventory of every single item that you have and that you give back to him and make him sign a receipt for it -- that way you can keep yourself out of any court battle that may be brewing over this entire estate. Once you have a signed inventory receipt, if you get any court summons or inquiries from anyone in the future you can simply copy the receipt and let it be known that you gave the items back to the estate administrator. And, to answer your question regarding what would happen if you had sold or disposed of the items -- nothing -- he could try to sue you in court and claim that you knew you were not entitled to receive the items but he most likely would not be able to prove anything and the court would most likely drop any case against you. However, to avoid any court issues or problems, your best bet here is to return the items and get a receipt for everything.
Please let me know if you have further questions.
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