If my mother passed away in her apartment but wasn't found until a week later, did her landlord have the right to disgard her things?

Question Details: She had just moved into the apartment therefore there wasn't a lot of stuff. Because her body was decomposed and there was a bad smell the leasing office threw out all the items and kept her purse. They wouldn't release the purse to me because they said my mother put her friend down on the lease as the beneficiary. This friend had a stroke and is not able to comprehend what is going on to help me out in this situation. What are my rights as the daughter? I'm sure her purse had her birth certificate and other items I need to make sure her affairs are taken care of. The leasing office said I need a power of attorney. Did they have a right to discard the items?

Catherine Blackburn / Blackburn Law Firm Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
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