Yes as long as you are the person entitled to receive the estate by law. If he had no wife, children or parents, you can prepare the affidavit and have the money distributed to you. If he had a wife, children or parents, you can still do the affidavit, but you have to distribute it appropriately per the laws of intestacy in CA which is wife, then child(ren), then parents, then siblings.
Yes, this can be done, as long as an estate has not been opened. Under the limited facts presented, a small estate sounds appropriate.
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I agree with attorney Frederick. If you are an heir and no one else has stepped forward to open probate, you can use the small estate procedure provided that amount in the bank account is within the required value for administration of small estates.
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