I was doing a search for distant relatives as my close ones are dead. I discovered an aunt who I lost touch with years ago died in 2011. I remember my mother telling me I was in her will giving me money from my Grandparents. Who do I contact to see if I was in her will or if there was anything left for me in trust? I mailed off a request for specifics of her death from the Social Security Office and now waiting for that. I live 1500 miles away so I was hoping for guidance before I start calling random offices. Unfortunately, I cannot find any living relative to ask.
You should contact (or look up online) the county clerk's office where your aunt resided. Check the public records there to find out whether her estate was ever placed into probate. If it was placed in probate, then you can contact the personal representative/executor to find out whether or not there was a will and if so whether you were in it.
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If you were a direct beneficiary under your aunt's will, the executor would have been required to send you information requiring the probate and a copy of the will itself. It is possible that you are not a direct beneficiary under the will, but perhaps a remainder beneficiary under a trust established under that will.
I would start by calling the El Paso Coubty Probate Court (915-546-2161) to see if anybody opened a private proceeding for your aunt since her death. If so, you will want to arrange to obtain a copy of the will and the probate inventory and then sit down to discuss it with a Texas probate attorney.
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