Help my son, who just lost his mom.

Thanks to all your generous help, both financially and personally, I have, in my hands, what I hope is a certified copy of her death certificate! I will be forwarding it to the Embassy and, with luck, they will be able to issue the correct documentation we need. At this point, I adjusted my goal total downward, as it seems I will not be needing to spend any more money in the Dominican Republic. We could still use your help on this side of legal battle, but things are far from being as bleak as they were just a few days ago. I could not have come this far without your help, and I humbly thank you all.

My ex-wife and I were recently divorced. She went to visit family in the Dominican republic and was involved in a horrific car accident. After 45 days of fighting, she passed away. Her family didn't notify us she had been hurt for over three weeks. Our 14 year old son was able to be there with her during her last few days. After she passed, her family refused me contact with my son. They buried her under her maiden name. I was able to get my son back home, but her family stole all her belongings. They refuse to give me a copy of her death certificate. I can not even start the process of probate until I get that. They would not even let him go through her things. He has nothing of hers to hold onto, not a shirt to smell, or a pillow to sleep with.

In order to carry out her wishes and protect my son's interests, I need to hire an attorney in the Dominican Republic. It is the only way to get the death certificate corrected and given to the Embassy, so they can issue a certificate of death abroad. I have zero money to do this, and no other resources. I have been told that I need about $6000.00 to hire an attorney both here and there, in order to stop them from taking what is rightfully his.

Please help fund the fight to protect his interests, get her things back, and let him start to heal from losing his mom so young. We have nowhere else to turn.


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