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Your friend will need to use the probate court for this...but there is a simplified process that is available to make this easy.Under CA law, if the estate is worth less than $150K, they can use a "small estate affidavit" to obtain the power to administer the estate.With no will, CA law dictates "who gets what". If there is no spouse, the estate goes to the children. If no children? Then the estate will pass to the siblings.To start the process, have your friend head to the county court (the county where her sister lived). Bring a copy of the death certificate.Talk to the clerk of the probate court. They can provide the affidavit. She signs the affidavit, and she can use this (after the court stamps it) to administer the estate
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