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Have you filed her Will for probate?
Did she have a premarital agreement?
Does her husband want to claim a share of her estate?
California does require wills to be probated, but you can to this without an attorney if you get a copy of
How to Probate an Estate in California
which is probably available at your County Law Library.
If the estate is valued at $150,000 or less, you can avoid formal probate, see
http://www.courts.ca.gov/10440.htm for instructions on how to do that.
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I hope this information is helpful.
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