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Hello, I will try to help you. Please remember I just report or interpret the law, so the outcome may not be what you hoped for. The state knows your grandmother is deceased and that your uncle is deceased. They do not know if he had any issue. Did your uncle's estate get probated? Do you know where your uncle died?
I am not sure if the estate was probated. He died in Anaheim California. He had millions of dollars that he left to Cal State Long Beach, it was some type of annuity. He also left a small amount of money to me and my brother. How would I find out if his estate was probated. I would assume it was not probated because I am pretty sure it was all organized in a trust. How do I find these things out. How do you prove somebody didn't have "issue"?
Also how do I get my uncles death certificate AND they said they would give me the money if I would sign a statement (form 13101) that there was no probate. Why can't I just sign the form (certificate of heirship) stating he had no issue?
I just found my uncles trust. It mentions nothing of wife or children or issue. Just leaves 10,000 each to a few family members then the remainder (millions) to cal state long beach. Should I just send this in and call it a day?
If you know where he died you can obtain a death certificate as you and any siblings are the next of kin to your uncle. Here is link on what you have to do to get the death certificate. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/birthdeathmar/pages/certifiedcopiesofbirthdeathrecords.aspx It is highly likely that your uncle's estate went through probate. You can check with the probate court in the county in which Anaheim is located (it is probably Los Angeles County but I am not positive of that). If you review the probate records there will be an indication that there was no spouse or children. It sounds like the death certificate and the signed statement by you will get the job done. If I have answered all your questions, please rate my answer excellent as that is how I am compensated. If you have more questions, please let me know. If the answer was especially helpful you can provide a bonus.
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