You may be able to sign an affidavit with the Canadian Registrar, and not obtain Probate Letters of Administration or Letters Testamentary if you can prove you are next of kin. If the Canadian Registrar requires Letters Testamentary you should seek a California Attorney to reopen the probate and have yourself appointed.
It is likly that nohting can be done. a lot of time has passed. if you think something is fishy you should talk to a lawyer, one never knows.
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