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Father died in Poland, I live in Canada, how do I proceed with the will and inherited debt?


pete_pf 2 | 2
3 Jun 2020 #1
My father died in Poland, I live in Canada, and apparently he died with debt, which I'm being told I inherited. I moved away from Poland when I was 6 (over 30 years ago), never had a relationship with him, his ex-wife and daughter rejected the will and ingeritance, so it seems I'm next in line.

I called the Polish Consulate, so I'm waiting for call back now, but in the meantime I thought I'd post here :) I'm trying to figure out what steps are needed, what documents I should request, if I need a lawyer, etc.

Any advice?
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
3 Jun 2020 #2
Generally speaking, do nothing until you're contacted directly about it.

When you are contacted, it's worth spending a few hundred złoty to get a lawyer to submit the formal rejection of inheritance for you, just to avoid any and all problems associated with it.
OP pete_pf 2 | 2
3 Jun 2020 #3
@delphiandomine Thanks for the reply :)

I was contacted by his brother in March I believe. I have an aunt in Poland who said she'd find out my options from a local government office, but it wasn't anything too specific (just that I have 6 months and I should request documents).

Okay, I guess contacting a lawyer is what I have to do. Any recommendations on finding a good one now? lol Should I look for one with a Polish office, or a Canadian one focusing on Polish matters?

This is a first for me, sorry for the dumb questions.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
3 Jun 2020 #4
I was contacted by his brother in March I believe.

Did you get any formal documents, or was it just information? You don't have to do anything until you actually receive documentation from the court.

Any recommendations on finding a good one now?

Hold off for now (until you get formal documents) - but I would recommend rather finding a local lawyer in Poland who knows the court handling the case.
OP pete_pf 2 | 2
3 Jun 2020 #5
Did you get any formal documents, or was it just information?

Just a call, no formal documents, as I don't think they know my address. Can the documents be sent electronically, or do they have to physically mail them? I'm a bit hesitant giving that side of the family my address, as I don't know them all that well.
kaprys 3 | 2,286
4 Jun 2020 #6
I guess you will have to do it sooner or later anyway.


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