Let me first apologise this is a extremely long message and it is quite complicated, before I spend any money with solicitors I wanted to know if anyone can help.
Basically my mum and dad was married for 14 years, during this time they had 3 children. My grandma was also living with us. In 1995 my mum and my siblings left home after years of an extremely abusive relationship towards my mum. Me and my brother and sister was still very young, I was 5 and my sister who was the oldest was 13 when we left home. During the years they lived together they had a newsagent shop which they rented in London and lived in a flat.
When we left my mum claimed for CSA child support, but my dad never helped with anything, not a penny. Not long after we left home, my dad had sold the business, cars everything he could have done and moved to America, he ended up getting married to someone in India first and then moved to America. Let me just say the marriage was NOT legitimate as he hadn't divorced from my mum, nor was there any legal document stating separation. So he was a bigamist.
When he moved to America to live there, he moved to Texas and had a hotel, during this time there was not a single contact from him. In the first month of January 1999 my dad had died from a heart attack, he was aged 37, he had left no will. He had a lot of life insurance and pensions. During this time my mum managed to fight for some of his life insurance, but anything else we didn't get, we had no paperwork and she couldn't remember all the companies they had insurance with. This is because my dad's brother-in-law was a dodgy man, he worked in insurance and managed to claim for the rest of his insurances, my grandma who was the major person who caused all the problems in our family was also living with him in America and had taken the rest of the assets that was available which included the hotel and whatever else was available.
Now this past year we have been notified that there is also some land in India that was left in my dad's name, this land had been split into 2 sections. This is because my grandad and his brother originally purchased the land and halved it. My grandad only had 1 son, my dad, where as my grandads brother had 5 sons. So my dad had half the land still under his name, whereas the other 5 sons had to share the half of land between them. Since my dad died the other 5 sons and my grandma have done some sort of scam where they have taken the whole land and divided it into 6 pieces, 5 for the sons and 1 for my grandma. My grandma claimed that my dad wasn't married nor did he have any children so she was rightfully the next of kin. This is obviously not the case as my mum is alive and well which my grandma is fully aware of ( they have seen each other since my dad died as my grandma came to the UK. Also my grandma had live with my mum and dad for 14years as well as me and my siblings as mentioned in the beginning, so she's fully aware my dad was married and had kids!)
We are going to try and fight this but it's such a complicated twisted thing that my family have done. My mum and my siblings have never been to India, we don't know anyone there.
But the main thing that we wanted to know was is there anyway of claiming anything for the assets he had in America after all these years? Is there also a way to speak our case to someone as it seems a lot of fraudulent has happened, obviously this is going to be extremely costly in money, which in reality we don't have so if anyone can recommend any company that help or can at least advice us, that would be extremely helpful.
Obviously we are fully aware that the people who have benefited from my dad's death was my grandma, she was the main culprit. We as a family have no contact with my grandma, or anyone from my dad's side of the family.
Thank you to all of those who have made the effort to help me by reading this, like I said it's extremely complicated and a long message,