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What is our obligation here?

Two Men and a Truck - Mary Evans

We bought out another storage company, one of the customers I just found out has passed away. We have never been able to get in touch with him to let him know the storage is now with us; nor have we ever collected any money from him. Because we could not get in touch with him he has also never signed our storage agreement or any other paperwork. I have contacted the county and he has no estate open. What is our obligation here? We do not want to spend money on hiring a lawyer to open a creditors estate. Any suggestions are helpful!

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Kevin Leebrick on Wednesday 12/27/2017 at 09:38AM wrote:

You could chaulk it up as abandoned or auction it off. Surely he would have a lease with the company you bought out and could go on that lease?

Mary Evans on Wednesday 12/27/2017 at 09:44AM wrote:

unfortunately, the company we bought out was very mismanaged, and no paperwork/lease was ever signed.

Kris Fetter on Thursday 12/28/2017 at 10:36AM wrote:

Oh man,

I would contact a lawyer. I would, in fact, bite the bullet and either contact Scott Zucker or Jeffrey Greenburger.
They're storage law experts-and this is the kind of thing that you want to spend money on, rather than get sued later and pay multiple thousands of dollars to settle a court case.

Eddie Stallings on Friday 12/29/2017 at 06:45PM wrote:

We have access to legal advice through SSA (for a small fee). If you will contact Amy with NCSSA she can forward the info. Good Luck

Amy VanArkel on Wednesday 01/03/2018 at 09:29AM wrote:

Here is the SSLN info - Self Storage Legal Network: The Self Storage Legal Experts

The Self Storage Legal Network (SSLN)
As a member of NCSSA you are eligible for The Self Storage Legal Network's Affiliate and Small Operator Membership Plan. This Membership Plan has been designed specifically for the smaller self storage operator that is not a member of the national Self Storage Association but is a member in good standing of a state Self Storage Association that is affiliated with the national Self Storage Association.

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