I've just found out (through my own research) that my paternal aunt appears to have been declared incompetent in 2000, in Santa Clara County. I am her next of kin and was never notified. I am concerned about what happened to her assets. I have stayed out of contact because she was/is seriously mentally, and had a history of violence. I live out of state currently, but there are plenty of things on file in SC County that would lead to me--divorce records, her criminal record, etc. Also, my mother and I had been found/notified on other occasions relating to her. I don't know what debt she had, but her assets were considerable--plus she was in possession of mementos/photos, her house (inherited from my grandmother) was sold by her estate in 2002. Was I supposed to be notified/involved?
Family Law Attorney
You didn't state if she had passed away. If she is under a probate court conservatorship, then yes you should have been notified. If she had passed, then you would need to be notified if there was a probate court proceeding needing notification.
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Estate Planning Attorney
So long as you are an heir, you should have been notified. You should consult with local counsel for further guidance based on an in-depth review of the facts.
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