Hi there, I'm trying to gather information for a very close friend in an utterly bizarre situation. My friend is in their 20s and their father has recently passed away. My friend was the only child of his father (the deceased), and they lived together in the deceased's home. Although the deceased had a couple of health issues, it was a sudden and unexpected death and very shocking. My friend is trying to grieve this whole situation. The mother of the son had divorced the deceased more than 20 years ago. Police notified my friend of the death of his father. Police also notified him there was a wife, who is claiming to be next of kin. How the police were aware of the wife, I am not sure. The wife has never lived with the deceased, nor has the wife has ever lived in Australia. After some research, it was discovered the wife has come to Australia in 2012/2013 for a holiday, and gotten married to the deceased, and headed back home to her SE Asian country of origin. It is possible they stayed in contact through the internet, but the son is sure that the wife never visited the deceased in Australia again and he had never met the woman. The deceased had made it clear verbally that he expected to leave everything in his will to his son in the future (but no one expected him to suddenly pass away in his early 60s). My friend is not even sure if there is a will. Shortly after the death of the deceased & before the funeral, a window was broken into the deceased's home when the son was not at home that night. I am unsure of what was taken from the home. The neighbours reported seeing a man and a woman at the property when the son later tried to investigate the cause of the broken window - the neighbours were super supportive and happy to call the police if they noticed these people trying to enter the deceased's home again. Unfortunately the son has not yet report this break and entry to the police (I have encouraged him to, as soon as possible), but he did get the locks to the house changed. After subsequent events, it seems it is most likely the wife that has broken into the property. She has never lived in Australia but suddenly appears soon after he "husband" has died. She doesn't knock on the door, she breaks a window when no one is home. When my friend became aware that there may be an issue with this woman (following the break-in and lack of getting in contact to express sympathies), he attempted to put a caveat on the property. (This was at the advice of another friend). Unfortunately, he was told he was not allowed to do this without a death certificate. He was also told he couldn't put a caveat on because the cause of death was yet to be determined (deceased's body was sent to the Coroners for investigation). My friend is on a low income/Centrelink recipient (studying at TAFE and trying to supplement if with casual work - when he can get shifts) and somehow paid for the father's funeral (I think they may have had to borrow money to pay for this, but haven't clarified that point). He doesn't even have a working car. A lonely Christmas without his father comes and goes. Things seemed to quieten down until last Tuesday (one week ago), he suddenly finds there are locks on the house that have been placed by State Trustees. He can't even access his belongings or sentimental items in the house, and he is effectively made homeless (!). He has since had to couch surf and stay at friends' houses. He calls State Trustees today and is told that the wife has authorised for the house to be sold in two months time (!!). The wife isn't even in the country but reportedly was able to produce a marriage certificate. This is quite shocking and unexpected. There was some mention about an upcoming application to a court, I suspect to proceed with the sale? The details on this are a bit fuzzy (I can clarify tomorrow if more info is needed). This friend is in way over his head. He has never had any legal issues before. He was dependent on the father, and after years of unemployment/repeated difficulty finding work, he was studying a course at TAFE and trying to carve out an adult life for himself. Suddenly he is grieving his father, has no siblings for support, and someone he has never met - a total stranger, has entered his life (and never bothered to meet him - she wasn't at the funeral) and it seems trying to sell the house out from under him. He even has his father's ashes. How is it that the coroner let him access the body for the funeral but then the State Trustees can take the house away? My friend went to legal aid but it seems they don't deal in wills/estate type issues. He subsequently visited a lawyer and he said it seems, if he wins, the lawyer will take fees that may end up being half the value of the property (this is my friend's words, not mine) - I am sure there must be lawyers that are more affordable. Does this sound right? Who should someone in this situation be talking to? Should he get legal advice elsewhere? Can he address this issue without getting costly lawyers involved? I understand there is a lot at stake, but someone in this position, with no funds, I am not sure how he will even be able to afford a lawyer. Anyone able to suggest how I could point my friend in the right direction to resolve this issue?