Settling of deceased husband’s estate while initiating and maintaining a lien against husband’s parents’ & grandparents’ estates for husband’s estate.

I (the widow) have no personal knowledge of husband’s grandmother’s date of death,whether will or no will; husband’s grandfather’s date of death, whether will or no will and if this is a matter of public viewable record.

Asked on June 13, 2009 under Estate Planning, New York


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

First, my condolences.

Most wills if recorded are public.  In terms of settling your husband's estate and those assets from his family's death, you really shouldn't do this on your own.  Honestly, there may be statute of limitations issues, other implications, like tax implications, which if you choose the wrong door could impact you and your husband's estate.

Try and look for an estate planning attorney in New York.  Then check his or her record at the New York State Bar.

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