If ALL of the assets are personal items, then the answer is probably not. There is likely a simple non-probate process for changing title to the vehicles. Assets that have title, however, may need to be probated. There may be a small estate proceeding, if the value is small enough. Your best bet is to take advantage of a free consultation with a probate attorney to help you figure out what action is needed.
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I agree with attorney Frederick. Small estates can usually be handled by Affidavit or other small estate administration procedures. As your uncle will be executor, he should consult with a probate attorney when the time comes.
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I agree with Mr. Frederick and Ms. Reed. The major assets have probate substitutes (beneficiary designations) and the other assets should be able to be dealt with through the DMV and other substitute procedures.
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