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If they were only separated, it needs to reflect that. She would still be an heir where not divorced. Note that if a beneficiary on account, even if divorced, still stands to inherit.
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That is not required. the fact they were not divorced as evidenced by lack of divorce judgment is sufficient to show not divorced.
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correct, she would get that and can be confirmed by checking court dockets that wont show a divorce judgment.
I would have an estate lawyer do that, and martindale.com is a good resource.
Both, you will need a lawyer involved so why pay both. findlaw.com and martindale.com are good resources. Alternatively, see if a paralegal will do the legwork cheaply of searching court dockets, including through craigslist.
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Very welcome. martindale.com, avvo.com and lawyers.com are great resources for finding local counsel, as can be local word of mouth or even sometimes craigslist.com under legal services for cheap options. Kindly click on an excellent rating for the answer.