What to do if my brother died recently and the police department took some if his personal belongings?

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What to do if my brother died recently and the police department took some if his personal belongings?

They said his biological dad has to sign for them but he has never been in my brothers life and I don’t know how to get ahold of him. The police said I had to go to court and get a letter saying I could take the possessions. Is this probate court or a one day file some papers type of thing?

Asked on May 20, 2013 under Estate Planning, Washington

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to file a probate action with respect to your deceased brother where you would be named the executor or adminsitrator of his estate depending if he died with or without a Will. Given the uncertainty that you have written about, I suggest that you consult a Wills and trust attorney for assistance. One can be found in your locality through the attorneypages.com site.


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