Well mom passed a little over a week ago after being her caregiver for 4 years in my home. It's good for her as she isn't suffering any more and hard for me because I am still here dealing with so many emotions but knowing I will make it with the Lord's help. I thought I had it all planned out what to do when that day came and now I am lost and don't know even the first step to take! HELP I am trying to get in touch with lawyer friend who helped me in the past and didn't even charge me for services ( what a sweetheart) but knowing she is busy and waiting on her to get back to me to set up appt I don't have ANY money to pay another one at present due to I quit work to take care of mom.
I am VERY concerned about the next steps to start in dealing with mom's will, if it needs to be probated( does this require a lawyer or can I do it and do I need to do it?) and her credit card bills left behind. I am in TX Mom had a will. There are two of us kids. I was her POA and MPOA and now I am sole executress of her estate according to the papers she had drawn up and her will. There is no money left in her bank accounts she lived off ss and retirement pay, her only asset was her house she owned which she deeded of trust to me at POD ( or lady bird deed here in TX) and did it in her right mind several years ago( that lawyer made sure of it and I didn't even know about it until mom asked to do it) due to my sibling being non existent in her life. I have to address the cc bills as they are coming due shortly. Do I write a letter and send it with the death certificate or wait for the lawyer to help even if it's after they are due this month? I am paranoid to even access those accounts online now that she has passed and the POA is gone fearing it is not legal due to that. Do I contact the employer retirement services that was sending retirement checks to her? ( it was my dad's retirement fund when he passed it came to her and don't know if it ends now or comes to the survivors now)
It's like I have a little bit of knowledge but am lost for the next step. Any help appreciated!