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Old 05-12-10, 04:27 PM
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How can I get control of my deceased mother's web domain

Long story short, my mother contracted someone to produce content for her business's website. At first, we used to use a company called dreamhost and we took care of the bill of domain hosting, but now this new company whom we paid a monthly fee to maintain the website has it registered with godaddy.com. The whois information shows my mothers company as the owner, but this "maintenance company" is the e-mail on file. We owed the "maintenance company" money when she passed on in September.

I have procrastinated in getting this domain sold, and now would like to get it done.

Is there a particular way I should talk to this guy to get him to give me full control on what to do with the site (which is now down by the way (server not found error)).

Or does he have the legal right to hold the site hostage from me since money was owed?

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Re: How can I get control of my deceased mother's web domain

What does the contract say if the money isn't paid? If it doesn't say he can take it, there's your answer. If he can't take it, then you ask for it back. When he refuses, you take him to small claims court.
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No, if your mother's company is listed as the Registrant, you're golden. Registrars couldn't care less about who owes whom money.

Just call GoDaddy, tell them that your company is the legal registrant of the domain, and that you don't have the credentials or the e-mail address to manage the domain, and need to get access to that. They'll probably require you to fax in a letter from an officer of the company on company letterheard saying that you're authorized to do so.
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Re: How can I get control of my deceased mother's web domain

Well, the company went down the drain.
My Mother owed a lot of money in rent and long story short, my sisters allowed the landlord to take almost everything out of the business location. The company basically does not exist anymore.
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Re: How can I get control of my deceased mother's web domain

You think they check these faxes? Just find some letterhead, or type up your own. Congrats, you're the President.
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You think they check these faxes? Just find some letterhead, or type up your own. Congrats, you're the President.
hey it's about time you popped up in one of my threads. I think I'm the one who told you about this site. See if you can remember who I am.
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Re: How can I get control of my deceased mother's web domain

Do you have power of attorney over your mother's estate? If so, have your lawyer get in contact with the maintenance company and demand they return control of the domain over to you.

You do have a good lawyer, yes?

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