Along with my sister and my two cousins I have owned several farms we inherited in Blaine County for over 30 years. Recently, one of my cousins died without a will. Her husband, by state statute, inherited 1/3 of her land. Since she died two years ago her husband has not probated her estate, and we have not been able to get him to respond to numerous calls, emails, texts, and letters regarding family business around Right-Of-Ways and Oil/Gas Leases.
We really need him to act now in his deceased wife's place, but he is almost totally unresponsive. We would like to negotiate and execute agreements without him and have his portion of revenue held for him in case he ever responds. One company has already agreed and paid under this arrangement. Currently, a deal is on the line with a new company who is ready to walk away since he is avoiding them with his 1/12 interest.
I'm sure we are not the first family with the problem of a disinterested, unresponsive, in-law with a total inability to act or communicate. Is anyone away of a legal precedent which might allow us to conduct business, in spite of our missing-in-action, cousin-in-law's unwillingness or inability to act. How can we work around his lack of participation in his in-law's 126 year-old family business? Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.