My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Michigan
My father is getting up in years and refuses to make a will, the last I knew. One son lives close by, the other son lives 3 1/2 hours away, I live in FL. Both sons have Power of Attorney (to pay bills and so forth) both sons are on checking accounts. Mother passed away a few years ago and dad still lives alone with closest son and daughter in law checking in on him and taking him to appts and so forth. Neither of my brothers will call me to let me know how dad's doing or inform me of any legal issues. I am calling them to see how dad is. (My father is deaf and cannot speak on the phone or write)
Prior to my mothers death, she informed me that the oldest son was named as executor of the estate. How this was done I have no idea, just what she told me. I was also told one time that I would get the house a few acres and the sons would receive the rest. Then I was told that both sons would get all the land and I would receive what cash was left.
My problem is that one of the sons borrows large amounts of money from my father, which he may or may not repay. They have also started putting their names on items that are antique and worth money right after my mother passed. I do not believe my father is aware of this. One of the sons has already received 2 acres of land, his son (my father's grandson) has also received 1 acre of land. Both have built houses on this land. So the amount of land has gone from 21 acres to 18.
What I'm wondering is if I should retain a lawyer in the state of Michigan to protect my interests in this estate as my father is getting on in years.