I completely agree, that she should've relinquished her duties.
And no, she doesn't pay the bills. My father has been paying the bills. When my uncle was alive, he too was the one that handled everything. Money, income, bills, etc. It dawned on me the company wouldn't matter, as it was Inc. So it is a separate legal entity. So anything tied to the business, would not be considered part of my uncle's estate. The only thing that seems to be my uncle's estate is the truck(that is now paid off), and the RV,and possibly some other trucks he uses/used for the business. Not sure yet if those are attached to the business, or his personally.
Even when the paper work was found for the truck, to be paid off by the lender in the event of death, she kept putting off signing the papers, because she had other things to do. Heck I don't know. I know my cousin ended up writing her signature, just so it could be done. So my dad could stop making payments on something that didn't need payments. See my uncle bought the truck in his name, but "leased" it to the company. So it was/is used as a work truck. But wasn't owned by the company. Kind of the samething with the 5th wheel. It was in California at the time. But all she would've had to do was ask for the papers to be mailed to her, so she could give them to the lawyer. Apparently that was too much to ask of her.
My dad is going to try to get ahold of the probate papers to see what exactly was listed as my uncle's estate. He had little to no debt as far as other things went, and most of those things like the house are jointly owed with my aunt, so that wasn't of course, included in the probate, because she was the sole surivor of that stuff.
So what we're thinking is that if my Dad informed the lenders that they can take back the 5th wheel, inform them of my uncle's 2007 death, and let it go at that, letting them know where it is located so they can get it. If they wanted to, the only thing they could really go after for money that was considered my uncle's estate besides the 5th wheel is the now paid off truck. But even the truck wouldn't put a dent into what is still owed on the RV to the lenders. ANd they'd spend more in court costs,etc. So in the end, would really just cost the lenders more money, than if they just took back the 5th wheel, and took it as a loss. Granted the lawyer should've done all this in the first place, but he can only work with what is given to him. Heck, probate didn't even get started until about 6 months after my uncle's death because my aunt wouldn't sign stuff she needed to sign to get things started, because she was more concerned with other things or something.
*sigh* I don't know. Aunt irritates me.