Thank you for all of your replies. I am the owner/operator of the facility where the horse is boarded.
All of the above steps have been taken as far as contacting the executor of the estate...with whom I have spoken with at the memorial and over the phone. I am (of course) wanting the family to have time to greive & get their affairs in order.
I have made copies of the contract & included bills to date...this will be sent to the executor (fed-ex), after an acceptable time. My contracts are not open-ended and are very detailed as they were drawn up by equine lawyers. In the contract, is named a family member (in case of emergency) who is acting as the executor.
All of this does not guarantee interaction and/or involvement on behalf of the executor. A lien only works if someone cares & wants this horse, but, is necessary. I understand (in my state) that I am required to keep the horse for 90 days after contract termination. But, this is not an eviction case. This is a death.
I was hoping to hear from people who actually went through this and how they handled this conversation with the family or executor.
My goal is to handle this situation with tact, patience and to find the best available situation for the horse. I am hoping to not have to resort to legal avenues.
As it stands now, I think the best I can do is to keep all of my paperwork in order, keep the lines of communication open, and continue to try to find a home for this boy if he is abandoned. Time will tell and for now, although I am concerned as to what will happen, I do not want to be intrusive to the family.
Thank you for all of your responses and I agree, it is very important to leave distinct instructions for the care of your horse, in which all parties are aware of. However, things do not always play out as we antipate...no matter how prepared we are