Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
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Who is petitioning the estate to become the administrator? I am presuming there is no will. Did you receive a notice or citation to appear in court? What exactly is it you received?
Okay. That sounds like there could be a will. Is there a date for you to appear in court? Is there an attorney listed on the Notice?
Are you able to attend in person the court date?
You would appear in person if you want to object to the probate of the will. Since you did not get a copy of it, you can attempt to get a copy from the attorney. If the attorney will not provide you one, or you cannot get in touch with the attorney, you can attempt to call the court to see if they will send you a copy of the will. If your dad lived and died in Texas, then the usual scenario is that the proceeding should first be opened in Texas; and an ancillary proceeding in California. If you have no objections, then you do not have to do anything. We can discuss more if you would like to do so.
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