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My dad passed away last year and he has no will and we don't

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my dad passed away last year and he has no will and we don't have any of his papers his girlfriend refuses to give us any of his paperwork so we don't know what to do to find out his assets. We just know he has two promissory notes and we know about him having a bank account but that is it?
JA: Since estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Florida
JA: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?
Customer: We have his bank account information and his signed promissory notes from the business he had with Woodbridge wealth.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: That is about it.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
We are in the process of getting his death certificate and we want to know the best way to go about getting all his assets. There is me my older sister and my younger sister so three of us all together we just want to make sure what to do we don't want to pull any money out of any where because we don't want the government coming after us we just don't have a clue on what to do.

My condolences for your loss.

If you file to open an estate in probate and get an appointment as estate representative then you will have legal authority to marshal his assets, including his papers and accounts. If the girlfriend refuses to cooperate the court can hold her in contempt and sanction her with fines or even jail.

You will need a probate attorney in Florida, as pro se probate is not permitted, under most circumstances.

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