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what to do if father is unwell and i am unable to get access

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what to do if father is unwell and i am unable to get access to him as his wife dislikes me? he has a problem with his nervous system and is deterioarating fast and she has control over his phone etc and i cannot get through to him. She will not let me see him nor give me their address. My father has a large fortune and millions in assets also. He has 2 children with his wife aged 19 and 20 and has me and my sister from his first marriage. We are aged 29 and 32. How can we gain access to see him and how do we go about legal action to ensure his wife does not cheat us out of any inheritance we have a right to? She has deprived me from a relationship with my father since i was 7 or 8 years old and has not allowed me to visit their family home since that time.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Is your father in hospital?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No although he goes in and out for tests as far as I am aware. He has something called cellebrium ataxia which affects his nervous system. This may also be hereditary. Don't know if tht helps. He needs help to stand walk bathe etc although he is fully competent at the moment and the worse is yet to come.
It's one of those typical cases where a man re marries and because he is wealthy the second wife is doing everything in her power to stop his first 2 children having anything to do with him. There is a lot of money involved also and I'm certain that this is the reason why he has been trying to cut us off from him for so many years.
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
When did you last see him?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I saw him last week in Cyprus for my older sisters wedding. Him and his wife came to the church ONLY. She did not let him stay for the reception and I only got to say hello to him as they left without saying bye to me. He was unable to say anything as she was there's but he was clearly unhappy. Everyone at the wedding was shocked when try saw how unwell he was and how his wife was being. Before that I had not seen him for at least 8 months.
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Does your sister have his address?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No they refuse to give us their address or home telephone number. All we have is mobile numbers which are switched off a lot of the time.
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
I am afraid that if your father is still mentally competent as you say he is then there is no action you can take to force his wife to allow you to see him - or to force him to see you.
An Enquiry Agent should be able to trace his address for about £80 - and then you will simply have to keep writing to him.
Type written official looking envelopes are more likely to be opened by him than her - but you can try all sorts to get through
I am sorry not to be able to offer more specific assistance - but sadly I can only tell you the legal position as it is
Please ask if you need further assistance
Clare

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