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It was my understanding that she had not made a Will.
I have no legal knowledge or financial wherewithal. I am currently claiming SSI and cannot afford more than $23 for assistance. My wife left me to live with her parents in 1999 following problems in our relationship due to my psychosis and alcoholism and within the subsequent months she developed, as I was told after her death, a pain in her abdomen and was diagnosed with liver cancer, died and was buried all within less than a year after our separation without my knowledge - despite our regular contact. Her condition was kept a big secret from me and my family for many months. I was only phoned and invited to visit my wife’s family days after her death, at which time they revealed their intentions to take me to court over custody of the children. Within four years I was confined to a psychiatric hospital in London for three days and spent two weeks in hospital in London due to esophageal varices. I think there has been a gross miscarriage of justice in terms of the UK High Court decision and I question both our medical diagnostics, treatment and prognostics.
After I had successfully sold the property, and before she became ill, we had a verbal agreement only for the sale of the property. Legal action was never taken until after her death. I agreed to give her a fair proportionate amount based on her, her family and our children. After she died I made written enquires to her doctor as to the circumstances surrounding her death, but was refused information even though she was my wife. I made verbal enquires to my solicitor regarding her Will, but was told she had not left a Will and nothing in writing was ever produced. I made many enquires but was only specifically told by her mother that an autopsy was not performed. I was given the feeling that I was to blame for her death but no medical information was obtainable.
My wife and I never got a divorce. The property (there was only one when she died) was in both our names. It was sold prior to her death. When she became ill and realized she might die, she had my sign a letter saying I give her the Endowment Policy after the property had been sold. This was not done in the presence of a solicitor.
I believe so, but I'm not sure. The property was in both our names. What I would like to find out is exactly what happened to my late wife’s Estate which included everything we owned like her jewelry, our car and furniture, antiques, etc . - whether the children in fact inherited all this (or the proceeds from their sale), or whether the Grandparent’s were left in control if it. The one child has not yet turned 18. I would also like to investigate the circumstances surrounding my late wife’s illness and death, but that is another issue. I was told by my solicitor at the time, that I would have received my late wife’s Estate in its entirety if I was successful in receiving custody.
My wife and children were living with my wife's grandparents at the time of their death. I was in regular contact with all of them but they kept my wife's illness and death a secret. When I told them of my intentions of taking my children to the US, they took me to court so I got a solicitor. The trial lasted many months. I can give you further specific information if you require. I would need a secure way of sending it. It may be best for me to contact my solicitor directly, but I was on Legal Aid at the time and I'm not sure that I got very good representation.
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