My question involves defamation in the state of:
My brother in law recently passed away unexpectedly. After his death we found that he had married a lady out of "convenience" I guess is the best term to use. The marriage helped with health insurance. The marriage was never consummated. The had a fight and the lady publicly displayed personal medical history that jepordized his career and subsequently made him move to a different area. We are waiting to get access to his phone and computer where there is emails and message that are very hateful, including comments wishing he were dead etc. We have witnesses that will make statements supporting all of this information. My brother in law had started the divorce process but the officials could never locate the lady to serve her the papers. She dropped off the earth and magically re-appeared when the news of his death surfaced. Because the divorce was never finalized she is considered the next of kin giving her power of attorney. I have this week only to find out if its worth fighting for. My brother in law had not spoken to this lady for several years and had unfortunately procrastinated getting the divorce finalized.
We have now found that in less we can work something out, she will take all of his personal possesions, including anything in his bank account. Money is not important to us, but we know she will dispose or sell his belongings to continue to prosper from his death.
I know my topic covers several legal issues but if anyone can help our family out with this by giving helpful information I would greatly appreciate it.