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Please accept my condolences for your loss. I am very sorry to hear of this situation with the company.
You say that your daughter (a paralegal) is assisting you. Have you utilized a "Small Estate Affidavit" for these funds: ex: http://www.dauphincounty.org/onlineforms/Small%20Estate%20Affidavit%20Under%20Pennsylvania%20Statutes.pdf
I would follow up with your daughter re: this small estate affidavit, and whether or not she has used it - it is a shortcut to probate that is permitted for estates less than $11,000 in PA that allows the transfer of assets and property without having to go through probate court.
(You may want to visit your court's self help desk as well - I am certain your daughter means well, but unless her firm deals with trust/wills/estates/probate matters she may not have the requisite experience to assist you. This matter is relatively straightforward and your court or law library should have a self help desk that can help you complete forms, etc. to transfer small amounts such as this - they won't give you legal advice, but they can provide forms, etc. A properly drafted affidavit should be sufficient to help you deposit this check into your bank account as is, or failing that, allow you to cash the check at the bank it was drafted from.)
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