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Thank you for your question.
How old are the CDs?
Whose name is ***** ***** CDs?
Was there an executor or administrator appointed for her Estate?
Were you the only heir?
That is convenient. You can sue the bank on the CDs. Most CDs have a provision that they will roll over into a new CD if the account holder does not give contrary instructions, so I do not see a problem with the statute of limitations. If those CDs did not include that provision then the bank was supposed to give the proceeds to the State Controller, see https://ucpi.sco.ca.gov/UCP/ if it was unable to find the depositor.
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I have no way of knowing that, which is why I think you should consult a specialist in banking law.
If the bank cannot prove the funds were ever paid out, I don't see that it has a defense.