The lender probably still holds the title to the vehicle even though there is no debt. Some states provide the lender must return the title to the debtor ( in your case your husband's estate) within a certain time frame of the debt being paid. I am not sure about California. However, because they wrote the loan off, they may want to reinstate it and make claim against the estate. You did not say whether the estate has been closed yet or not and that is an issue. I would recommend you use the find a lawyer tab above to locate an attorney in your area. Many attorneys offer free consultations where you can gain an understanding of your rights and options. Good Luck
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