Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am a licensed California attorney. I would like to help you, but please understand that I can only provide general legal advice in this forum. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, can you tell me where your father lived? Did he live in the Phillipines? If so, he may have had an attorney there prepare any will for him. If he had a California attorney, then you need to figure out who that was and what ask the attorney what the status is of any will or trust administration. The executor of a will or trustee of a trust would be in control, however you would have a right to an accounting of the estate and a copy of any estate planning documents prepared for your father. Regarding social security, you can call your local security office to report your father's passing. I really can't tell you about the survivor's benefit. If he was receiving benefits and your mother is not a beneficiary or predeceased your father, you may qualify for you father's benefits. Thank you, ***** ***** let me now if you need more information
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