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April 20, 2005 8:02 PM Subscribe
How would someone go about finding about the estate and/or will of a relative you just found out died?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (4 answers total)
I received a package in the mail the other day saying I was listed as the beneficiary on my grandmother's pension fund. The date of death listed was April, 2004. I didn't know she had died. There are a variety of factors involved here, that I won't go into detail about, so here are the basic facts:
#1 - I have reason to believe that I was listed as the sole beneficiary in her will. I was her only close living relative, plus she informed me of this many years ago.
#2 - She was diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimer's about 3 years before her death.
#3 - Distant relatives took over care of her during her last years, and may have had a new will made. There is no indication that she would have changed her will in sound mind.
#4 - Due to some of the factors involved, I am unable to contact these distant relatives to just ask them directly.
I am in the US on the west coast and they are on the east coast (which is where my grandmother died). I want to find out if there is a way to see what happened to her estate when she died and/or what her will said. I am looking for brainstorming ideas from people of where they would start the process. I do not know her attorney, banker, or nursing home name. I do know the date of death, her social security number, city and state of where she lived and died. I do not have many funds to hire a detective, and am not money-hungry. Curiousity is my driving factor. Anonymous email for those who desire: bollocks AT fastermail DOT com for additional information and/or suggestions. Thank you.