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Mayes Estate Legal Fund

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Our dad, Donald Ray Mayes, Sr. passed away on July 22, 2015 after battling Stage IV Small Cell Lung Cancer that had spread to his spine, liver, and brain stem.

He was under the care of a lady who lived there with him for approximately three months. In that three months time, he reduced communication as she controlled it, and he experienced issues related to being over-medicated. Also during this time, he purchased a vehicle for this lady and allegedly signed over every title to every piece of property he had before he died, both of which are out of character for him and in direct contradiction to the testimony of his closest friends and relatives.

We have documentation where the caretaker tried getting dad's Power of Attorney before doing all of these things, but it was never signed or notarized. She also attempted to get the attorney to come to his residence to change his Will while she was present. His attorney, Mark A. Skelton, made dad come into his office, where he could be alone and where he named me as Power of Attorney as well as Executrix of his Estate. I was never informed of this status until I arrived in Rogersville after my dad had passed away.  

My dad's Last Will and Testament provides a life estate for the caretaker. She, and only she, has exclusive use of the property at his residence. She must maintain all bills, utilities, insurance, and all related fees on all of the property of his residence. 

The Will also leaves all tools to our brother, Donny Ray Mayes, Jr and any personal items to the three of us, Donny, Kim, and myself. 

This changed Will completely leaves out our brother Robert Joseph Spetyla, whom my dad raised since he was a baby and who, up to this point, we all believed was the Executor of dad's estate. We have all agreed that any monetary estate we have will be split four ways to include our brother, Robert, because we know that is what our dad would have wanted. 

This fundraiser will help us pay the attorney fees associated with investigating this caretaker. Fees will go into a Wepay account that is linked to a bank account which will pay attorney fees to Mark A. Skelton Esq., 121 S Depot St, Rogersville, TN 37857 (423) 272-4812

Mr. Skelton is handling the probate of our dad's estate, and I am working with him as the Executrix.

Some property is in questionable possession of the caretaker who we believe has committed Fraud, Theft, and Physical Abuse of our dad in various modes from the beginning of May until he died in July.

Our dad's competency has come into question as well and requires investigation with additional legal fees for more pleadings and subsequent court filings.

We are working with the Hawkins County Sheriff's Department as well as the Hawkins County Assistant District Attorney over the Elder Abuse Division regarding all criminal aspects of the investigation. We are also in communication with the Surgoinsville Police Chief Hammonds as well as in frequent communication with the Hawkins County Sheriff's Dispatch.

Current Fees: $1,900.00 for Will and Probate only, including filing fees. 

Paid: $1,000.00 on July 29, 2015. Balance of $900.00 due by end of August.

Any additional fees for work beyond this limited scope will accrue on a bill, and will be billed in regular intervals. Current estimation is unknown. Current goal is $1,000 to help with current $900 balance and $100 toward future fees. 



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3 years ago




Our thoughts are with you during this trying time. 3 years ago




A Tribute to God who brings every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. 3 years ago

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