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I can tell you what not to do. I have a pretty bad record when contacting distant relatives. I am good at getting a response, but then I think I throw too much information at them, and they get turned off. Right now I have two second cousins (not really that distant) who are sitting on amazing photographs and family tree information that I would dearly ...


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It would probably be useful to read about California probate law and the duties of an executor (PolyGeo's link to Wills, Estates, and Probate page of the California Courts is a good place to start). In most jurisdictions, there is a requirement to show that a reasonable search has been done to find and contact all the heirs. There are also likely to be ...


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As you can see in this blog post entitled Finding Court Records in San Diego County, California, the process for finding out whether you were included in a Will appears likely to be difficult and/or expensive. The only advice, and this is definitely not legal advice, that I can offer, is to visit the Wills, Estates, and Probate page of the California Courts ...


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