As a general rule, assets inherited by one spouse during the course of the marriage are excluded as assets that can be counted as part of the marital estate. Depending on the specific facts of your case, there may be a very important exception to this rule which you should speak to a lawyer about. By “marital estate” we mean all of the assets accumulated during the course of the marriage. Feel free to contact this office should you require further information.
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Call by telephone or contact via internet the Court in Sacremento, California where you obtained your Final Divorce. The Court will probably allow you to obtain a copy, for a fee, through the mail. I further suggest you ask for a Certified Copy of that Decree, because some or many States require a Certified Copy of a Divorce Decree if you intend to re-marry.
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I too am very sorry for the loss of your husband. I agree with the responses given by some of the other Attorneys' posts on this specific question. One point I'd add is that in at least one state, the State of Connecticut, Letters Testamentary can be obtained by the surviving spouse, without the need of an attorney. Connecticut's probate statute only allows you to do so however as a layman surviving spouse, not as a non-Connecticut-licensed attorney surviving spouse. A further point I'd add is...