Thank you for taking the time to read this. As most of you know, my mother, Debby Diane Levers passed away this last December (12/16/2020). Most of you also know that just before she passed away her divorce from her abusive husband was finalized. In the divorce decree, it was determined that she would receive 50% of the GLV Postcards business that she built with her ex-husband. Now that she has passed away her 50% of the business, according to her will, will go to her surviving children. This would be a matter-of-fact situation however, with her ex-husband it has obviously become an issue. He will not allow any of her surviving family members to claim her assets or even move her stuff from out of their shared home.
My mother fell ill around the end of November and was eventually hospitalized at the start of December. She was in critical condition, sepsis the doctors said. She was then airlifted to Phoenix, AZ where they found a blood clot in her leg. She started to feel better and was even planning to come home that same week. However, she began vomiting blood and she was, again, airlifted to a different hospital that could handle her condition. They found that her liver was infected and the infection spread to the graph in her heart. They attempted to do surgery on her to correct her heart. However, she passed from complications after the surgery, specifically a blood clot in her brain that led to a massive stroke and left her brain dead. My family had to make the decision to take her off life support as her life, even if she did survive, would be spent in a wheelchair with no real brain function. Even before she was ill, she always told us that if her body was too far beyond repair, that we should just let her go. So we did. There was no time to mourn because now there was my father, her ex-husband, to deal with next.
Of course, my father was pleased with this development as he thought he would no longer have to send her checks for the business that she built. He pronounced her dead to his attorney and to the court before she had even passed as he wanted to cancel any payments that would go to her. Believing he no longer has to make these payments to her, he has claimed the business as his own. However, I was named as her heir and would gain all of her assets upon her death. Meaning, that the 50% my mother earned and was given in court, will now go to me. To pursue my father for the 50% of the business, her asset, I must retain a probate lawyer who will help me gain the assets that my mother left behind. To be completely and wholly honest, it's not about the money from him. It's more about how she fought for herself and won 50% of the business she built and how that shouldn't change because she's passed away. I will not allow my father to overtake her again, to take everything she has due to his own entitlement on her life. He will attempt to contest me on her will and that is where the probate lawyer comes in.
I know that many people loved my mom and supported her in her fight for her own freedom. I also know, that it's a lot to ask, to ask for help in this. Yet, I need to ask because the very thing my mother fought so hard for is in danger of being taken away again by the very person who she was running from. Maybe you're family, maybe you knew her from the rock painting group, maybe you're one of her high school friends, maybe you know her from the postcard business, maybe you know her for her donkey paintings, or maybe you don't even know her at all. I ask for her. If you can help in any way, in any amount, please help keep her fight going.
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