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Author: YewGuise Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 5748  
Subject: Re: Who's in the documents? Date: 3/22/2011 2:52 PM
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...lawyer does not have any particular duty to actually provide such documents to you. In fact, if he does that without your father's permission, he has just violated attorney-client privilege. Just because you are named in a document does not give you the right to get a copy of that document.

In general, yes. In my case, I had my father's permission, and also, as part of the new package, POA.

...If his will had been redone just before your mom passed away, then I would expect it to not need to be changed. I'd expect that he would have accounted for that contingency in his will, and it could have been perfectly fine and current.

In general, yes. In my case, just excuse me a moment while I try to stop laughing. His most recent will was 40 years old (and was done at my mother's insistence, primarily to name guardians for their under-age children), and I'm 90% sure it left everything to Mom, with no back-up, but can't be 100% sure because I haven't seen it and no one (including my father) knows where it is.

Also, the family dynamics and special needs among my siblings rival the worst-case scenarios of anyone else's rants you might have come across on these boards. And my father's strong belief is that he, unlike everyone else in the world, is "not going;" therefore, the mess that would result due to lack of proper planning doesn't particularly concern him.

I am 100% certain everything would not have been perfectly fine. As things stand now, it still won't be perfectly fine, but it'll be as good as it possibly can be, which is many quantum leaps ahead of where it would be otherwise.
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