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        02-09-2010, 03:59 PM

    Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
    Have you contacted your attorney? I would recommend a quick call to them to ensure you are doing whatever you are required to do in this situation. Keeping everything documented is really important. Your attorney should be able to tell you what your options are in the various scenarios that could arise from this.
    That is exactly what needs to be done. This family, will no doubt be going through a range of emotions (especially b/c this was so unexpected & rightfully so) and I really do not want to ignite the inevitable process.

    Thank you, you have been spot on!

    I wanted to give it a week (since the memorial service) and then resume contact. Is that too long, too short? Perhaps, a question for the lawyer?

    I am very concerned about the horse as well as the family & want to handle this as correcltly as possible. Thank you.
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        02-10-2010, 02:40 PM
    I'm so thankful I haven't gone through this one yet... I hope I never do.

    Step 1 would be to contact the executor with copies of the contract in tow. (Sounds like you've done this). With these documents I would also write a letter with condolences and with out mentioning the possibility of repo explain that the horse has farrier, shots, worming or what have you coming up and your concerned for the horse's care.. offer to over-see these things and they can just include those fees with the board. After-all I'm sure the deceased would want her horse to be care for.

    Also ask what their intentions are with the horse. Do they plan to sell him? Continue boarding him? If they want to sell him offer your services so they don't have to deal with it. Sell the horse take your board and commission off the top. You should know what their intentions are so you can prepare NOW rather than later. If they intend to keep the horse, suggest a lease option to cover the horses expenses for now.

    If the funeral is past, I think its safe to persue your business with them. After-all it's a loss for you too... I would be immensely sad if one of my boarders passed away even some of the crazy ones. Not to mention, you have bills too.. Business doesn't have to be cold and in-personal.
        02-10-2010, 03:36 PM
    Yes, starlinesstables....I agree, business does not have to be cold or impersonal. Thank you for your support.

    Even the best of intentions can yield poor results...that is what I am preparing for.......
        02-12-2010, 11:37 AM
    Update to OP

    We have a meeting scheduled on Saturday morning with the family of the deceased and a potential adopting family. Keeping fingers crossed that we will find a correct forever home for this horse.
        02-12-2010, 05:29 PM
    Good luck! My heart goes out to you!! That has to be soo hard!

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