In January my fiance's father passed away suddenly. From what we were told by his best friend he had been sick and before he made it to the doctor he ended up in the hospital, unconscious, and passed. My fiance was never notified or called.
Two days later his dad's common law wife passed from cancer. She was on hospice, morphine, and so incoherent she didn't even know her partner had died. Her sister and niece and brother took over the estate and anything else they desired.
For a full week they had sole access to all belongings, proclaimed the niece had been named executor, deemed all belongings and property worth any value was part of the estate regardless of who it belonged to and with no regard to items that were family heirlooms. Dad's friend called us and we finally got ahold of the niece who claimed they didn't know how to reach us even though they returned our call from dad's phone.
They removed ANYTHING that resembled paperwork or documents. Refused to give my fiance a copy of the wills or the name of the probate lawyer. Either feigned knowledge or refused to return items specifically asked for. They took dad's computer, truck, gun collection, files, and then called his work and demanded they keep my fiance out of his office until they went through the contents.
This is all opposite of what his dad and dads partner had always told us, and my fiance is the only child. Because we have no information we can't give details to lawyers who want to determine if it's worth fighting but to me it seems there should be some legal recourse regardless of what the niece and sister want. They knew how to reach us yet a week passed and they even had him cremated before we were notified. And there have been rumors that they were involved in making medical decisions for dad, which should not have been allowed.
We live in Texas. Do we go after the hospital ? Pay for a lawyer to argue in probate court? Or at this point can I just file a civil suit against them ?