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I am afraid that if you cannot get the death certificate because of the statutory relationship guidelines not being met, that probate
must be opened in the probate court and upon you being named administrator of the estate you could obtain the death certificate. You can file it as a small estate probate based on the small value of the estate under $150,000, and ask the probate court for the letters of administration which would allow you to get the death certificate. Because it was not filed within 5 years of her death, the probate clerk can refer it to the probate court for approval of the small estate, but this just means the court has to approve of the small estate and order the affidavits of administration/heirship
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