My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Nebraska
My mother suddenly passed away and she had always said her assets would go only to my sisters, so I see no stake in this.
My father retired after 50 years of private business practice and banked at the same regional institution since it was a 1-stop shop. He had power of attorney many years ago when she was ill, after which they moved locally and she opened an account at that bank.
Her living Will is claimed by my family to have been settled several years ago when I was away. Local probate court says there is no will on file. She had about 100K in SS savings at that time. She showed my her checking account a few weeks ago and it had $9K. I am sure she regularly reminded Dad to put money in it for household expenses. He says he went to the bank and presented the death cert and notarized will and they refused to transfer the account over to his own. There are no instructions on the account like POD.
He is working on a Probate claim, but for the lawyer fees and I suppose also the inheritance taxes. So he went to the local “Free Legal Clinic” advertised for family and elder law, etc., and they told him like they’ve told me recently “we don’t do that sort of law.”
Is there a sensible way to get that account settled?