How do I determine who the executor of my grandfather's estate is/was? Is it possible there isn't/wasn't one?
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You should go to the record room of the Surrogates Court where you believe your relative died and pull the file. All Wills that have been probated are public record. You will find all your answers there and be able to make copies of same too.
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We have dealt with this exact situation before - What will have to happen in your situation is if there was no probate opened (meaning your grandfather died without a Will) you would apply for an administration, get letters of administration, and file the paperwork once you are granted those letters of administration with the comptroller. It's a pretty tedious process so I suggest you speak to an attorney who understands this process and the bigger picture so that you can efficiently seek out and receive these funds.
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