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I am very sorry for your loss. did they have any children?
His assets would pass to the surviving spouse.
That said, if he identified specific beneficiaries other than his wife in an account, real estate, insurance, that beneficiary would have a claim to that particular asset.
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You can press her to turn them over, that such notes reflected his testamentary intent, and she may well comply, especially if she thinks you may take her to court or otherwise hold up the adminstration of the estate. It is possible, but not a strong position.
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