Contact his attorney or go see the clerk of the Court with proof of death, assuming his death occurred before the forfeiture.
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Start by contacting the Clerk's office. If it was within a year of the forfeiture, you can bring a motion for remission of forfeited bail. I have done them before, and just did a successful one this year.
If the person died before the warrant was issued you have grounds to re-instate and exonerate the bail. You may have to make a motion within 1 year if more than 1 year has passed.
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Contact the deceased's lawyer and let them know of the death. Give them a copy of the death certificate. The case should end as abated by death and the attorney should ask the judge to exonerate the bail. The court date is public so you can go yourself to make sure it's done proper. This will be much quicker and cheaper than filing what will likely be unnecessary motions.
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