If your father left you funds via his will, you will be contacted by either the Executor, his or her counsel, or the probate court, depending on the law of the state where your father resided at the time of his death. You may wish to retain counsel in your father's state to determine whether you have an interest in his assets and, if so, to protect said interest. Good luck to you.
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You need to check with the probate court in the county where he died, owned land or resided to see if there are any documents on file. If so order these and have a probate attorney in the state in question review them. Also check unclaimed property in any state where he resided to see if some of his property passed to the state because it was not claimed by him.
In addition to the other correct responses, there are also services out there that will investigate on your behalf.
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All of the other responses are correct. Probate court records are open to the public. They would be filed in the probate court of the county in which your father resided. Real estate with your name on it would be on record in the county where the real estate is located; and might be located by contacting or searching the web site of property assessors and tax collection authorities [who, in Tennessee, are the Property Assessor and the Trustee of the respective county]. However, I have found that often it is difficult or impossible to search by other than the first name listed in the data base. A trust or a bank account or securities account with your name on it may be private and not filed in the public record. Uncovering that would require more effort. Hiring a lawyer in that state would be helpful. Debrief your mother carefully because she may have clues that will make the search easier.
These comments do not constitute legal advice. They are general comments on the circumstances presented, and may not be applicable to your situation. For legal advice on which you may rely consult your own lawyer.