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The good news is that you can find out if there was a will and if you were left something without help from the family. The bad news is that it is going to take a bit of digging on your own. There is no central registry to locate probate
proceedings. You could find it by searching notices to creditors through the papers in the communities where probate would have been filed but that is not perfect because there are many estates
where notices to creditors are not filed.
The best way to locate the estate and get a copy of the will is to contact the probate courts
in the state and county where he lived and state and county where he was buried. You then need to do an online search for the probate court in those counties. Some probate courts will let you search for probate files online through their website. For most others you will need to contact the probate court clerks directly by telephone on Monday and request that they provide you with information about the estate. If they have a probate estate you can request a copy of the entire probate file, including the Will. All of this information is public record so you do not need any special permission to get this information.
I cannot provide you with legal advise. I have provided you with information about the law related to your question. My answer, and any information that you find online, should not take the place of having a consultation with a lawyer in your area to advise you regarding your specific issues.
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