What to do if my husband passed away but the storage company put their own lock on his storage unit and won’t give me access?

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What to do if my husband passed away but the storage company put their own lock on his storage unit and won’t give me access?

I have the keys/code to get into the unit.

Asked on July 29, 2019 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

You need to provide them what they seek: the death certificate and the authorization from the court to act on the behalf his estate (e.g. something appointing you as the estate's "personal representative"). If it was in his name, as your question implies, and not both of your names, they legally cannot give you access without the proper legal documentation showing that he is deceased and that you have the authority to act on behalf of his estate. They would be breaking the law to let you in without those things.
Please accept our sympathy for your loss.


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