When someone passes away, then their estate has to be distributed. The problem is that without probate - with assets such as titled property or bank accounts (those that do not have a pay on death clause) - this is hard to do. This is because you cannot switch over the assets without an order from the probate court, and simply a Certificate of Death will not do. A Certificate of Death simply states that someone has passed on, but does not give you the right to really do anything in the deceased's name.
So one files probate. Once probate is filed, the Executor of the estate gets something called a Letter of Testament/Administration (hereinafter "Letter"). This Letter will allow the Executor to switch over the assets from the deceased individual to whoever will own the property. It is like a "Power of Attorney," but from the Court. Without that Letter, there is no way to transfer titled property and switch the assets into the names of the beneficiaries.
This is what is happening here. It seems he is opening probate, and may be asking to be named Executor. If someone in your position HAS NO INTEREST in this matter and is not named as a beneficiary, then there is nothing to do at all - simply not reply. You are simply being noticed as a possible beneficiary party.
If you feel you may be a beneficiary, reply and let me know, and we can talk about your options.
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