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Thread #120096 Message #2611248
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
14-Apr-09 - 05:26 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Seattle's John Ross, Mudcatter, April 2009
Subject: RE: Obit: Seattle's John Ross, Mudcatter, April 09
Apparently if there was a delay it was only a few days. Further up here you'll see the death was on April 6 and we learned of it on April 10. No saying (yet) when the discovery occurred.
Whoever manages his estate will have the death certificate, and will have to be appointed by the court to manage his affairs, so the contacting of various entities will have to wait until that person comes forward. The estate doesn't need to be probated by family, an attorney could do it. There are standards established for how to do that. Records must be clear, and if heirs come forward, they WILL require complete access to the process, that is guaranteed. But if there is a competent friend or colleague who is willing to do the job, they need to be the first to step forward and do it. Estates are a LOT OF WORK. But it sounds like this is a very important estate to the Seattle Folk Community.
Wills can be filed in advance. Check with the county in which he resides and see if this has happened, but chances are, it hasn't.
So talk among yourselves, and someone go ahead and take care of it for John. And keep in mind that if you live alone, someone may have to take care of all of this for you one day. Be kind, be discreet, be non-judgmental. Keep good records.