Q:

My drug-addicted brother appointed himself Executor of my father’s estate and Stole All bank accounts and Anything of Value! There are Insurance Policies that were never cashed in 9 years! Help! There are 12 Grandchildren We would like to receive portions of Policies! We don’t even know what he had! Can you help?

A:

You need to gather all the facts, documents and other evidence that you have and take it to a probate lawyer for review. Your brother could not have appointed himself executor. Only your father could have done that. Sounds like fraud was committed, but a lawyer will need to help you sort it out.

Q:

How can I find two disinterested persons to witness my will? I am retired, no co-workers to ask. Everyone I know is related to my husband, who I am divorcing, which is why I need to re-write my will.

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If you are using an attorney to draft your will (which is recommended), the attorney and the attorney’s assistant can serve as witnesses.

Q:

How do I get a letter of authority? My dad died in California in 1994 and nothing went through probate because there was no estate. I just discovered that he had approximately $500 worth of stock that the state of Ohio is holding. They say that I need a letter of authority to claim it. I have no idea how to get one. Can you help me?

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I would try a small estate affidavit. You can get the form online, but it would probably work better with an attorney.