.if he passed you probably knew he was ill; I'd guess he was in the hospital or a nursing home and it was at that point you should have contacted his relatives. you definitely want a written, preferrably notarized, authorization from his relatives stating you can dispose of his items.
once you have that, do a google on companies that do Estate Sales, they can help you obtain some value from whatever's there. An appraisal would be good as well.
Hope this helps, good luck.
Terry B, CDP
Please let me know if you need assistance in finding a new tenant.
We don't want to hire a lawyer. We figured we can live with losing out on the rent than hiring a lawyer. Just thought if it was easy enough to take action on our own to possibly collect the rent we would pursue otherwise to let it go.
The family does not live in town so we are stuck removing all her stuff. She was a lawyer who worked out of her home so the only thing their attorney is coming to get are her legal files. She has a ton of stuff. I spoke with her brother and he said we can just throw away everything.
Yes we have a few people already lined up who are interested in renting the apartment, just waiting for the attorney to remove the files which will be next week. I am not touhcing anything because I didn't want to be accused of taking any files. Do you think it's ok to just move the files aside? The brother said to contact him if we need something in writing saying they authorized us to remove all her stuff and discard.
I'm sure the bank who loaned for the car is looking to collect also.
The ISP providing internet service in going to attempt to squeeze who ever answers the phone (heirs) also.
The cable company, the utility, and very likely the insurance company who fails to see the humor.
They tend to all play the guilt card, start harassing telephone call and even threaten to send COLLECTORS to the home of the heirs to squeeze a dime or two from those who have no obligation what-so-ever.
The advise I would give is to the heirs. DO NOT PAY ANYONE A DIME UNTIL THE JUDGE DEMANDS PAYMENT AND THE AMOUNT!! Advise every caller the call is being recorded for quality control or training purposes, of course.
The heirs should make sure they only talk to folks they can call back. Say, "I can't talk on this phone, let me call you back in three minutes. GET A NUMBER. The heirs attorney and judge will be glad you did. Verify the number works and who answers. . You only want to have a conversation via unsolicited incoming calls.
It is nearly criminal what these folks say to the heirs to make them believe they are accountable.
In regards to your question, your attorney will know how to get your claim filed against the estate.