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My mother in law recently died at the age of 93.She was a patient in a nursing home for 2 years. Her husband died in 1976. They had 1 son who was my husband. He died in 2015. My husband and I have 2 daughters who are now in their 40's. When my mother in law entered the nursing home she claimed to have no family . She gave POA to a neighbor and left a will. I have no knowledge of the contents of her will. I would like to see my 2 daughters receive something from their grandmothers estate. How do I find out the contents of the will?

Lawyer's Assistant: Can you tell me what state this is in? And just to clarify, what paperwork has been filed?

Minnesota. The nursing home is located in Pine Island which I believe is in Goodhue County. I don't know what has been filed or where. She died 3/17/18 and was buried 3/19/18 according to the newspaper.

Lawyer's Assistant: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?

Her obit. I talked to the Funeral Home Director who buried her and was given the name of the individual who made the arrangements. He is the one who told me the lady had POA for my mother in law. Of course, I have my husbands birth certificate, death certificate and copy of o our marriage cert.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Only that my husband and his mother had an argument 27 years ago and were to stubborn to reconcile. I don't want anything from her but I feel her granddaughters are entitled to their inheritance, if there is anything.

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Welcome and thank you for your question.

A POA is revoked upon the death of the person that gave the power of attorney. Therefore,, once your mother-in-law died the power of Attorney was automatically revoked. If she died without a will your daughters are entitled to their grandmother's estate through the laws of intestate succession. Which State and County did she reside in the time of her passing?

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Customer reply replied 29 days ago
Minnesota....Goodhue County I believe

The POA was not valid after her death. Your daughters can file for probate in Goodhue County, They would also check to see if a will was filed with the county. It does not matter what she told anyone with regard to her family. If she had no will your daughters will inherit from her. If she had a will you would need to see what the will states. Let me provide the link for you to check as this is a public forum and I do not want you to publish private information. One moment please.

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This is the link to contact the court to see if a will was filed. This link also provides forms. http://www.mncourts.gov/Find-Courts.aspx

I can provide a link for Attorneys in that area that provide FREE consultations if that would be helpful?

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Customer reply replied 29 days ago
I would like the link for Attorneys in the area...free consultations please

My pleasure. One moment please.

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Customer reply replied 28 days ago
I have checked with 3 surrounding Counties and non of them have a Will on file for my mother in law. I have been told she had a will. Where else do I look?

Your daughter would open probate in the county your mother-in-law resided in at the time of her death under the laws of intestate succession (No Will) The local Attorneys can assist.

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