How to I go about claiming my mothers things?

My mother has recently been put into jail, and I am trying to claim my mothers belongings. The problem is that my mother was living under another person’s roof. I talked to the land lord and they told me that they were going to treat like my mother was renting their second house. Thing is there was no written lease and no money involved. They just don’t want to be sued by my mother but I need to get her things out of there before something happens to them.

Asked on June 26, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your mother is incarcerated and you need to get her belongings from the place where she was living, you need to have a power of attorney drawn up and signed by your mother before a notary public designating upon you numerous powers to act on her behalf including retrieving her belongings from where they are located.

I suggest that you consult with a real estate attorney to draft up such a document. Once done, take a copy and the original to the landlord and give him or her the copy. The landlord should then allow you to retrieve your mother's belongings.


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