What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Idaho/Oregon
daughter died in january 2009. leaving 5 year old granddaughter. on final day of daughter's life, while everyone was gathered at the hospital, I (step grandmother) suggested we call an attorney (i'm the level headed, non-emotional one). the grandmother jumps up and says "what for?", there is nothing to leave in a will. my response is to remind everyone that there is a 5 years old girl who will need raising and knowing that the family does not want the father involved, to protect their rights, a guardian must be appointed.
well, the grandmother jumps up,says she already has the paperwork (unsigned) and proceeds to contact the hospital to get a notary to have the mother (on her deathbed) sign papers giving custody to her.
now, that is not a problem until after the daughter passes. the grandmother now has custody and is playing "power" with the granddaughter. as the other set of grandparents (the father of the daughter who passed away), we have to beg to get the granddaughter for a visit. we are not allowed to talk to her on the phone nor see her without the grandmother's permission.
we (the father and I) miss the daughter who passed and need to keep connected to the granddaughter.
what are are rights?
"What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?