Yes, it is recommended that probate be reopened as that is the only way the funds will be released to the rightful heirs.
It is recommended that you consult with an attorney.
AVVO and the LA Bar Association have attorney referrals.
You will need to retain an estate planning attorney with probate experience to reopen the probate estate with the amount of assets you are talking about. Do not try and do this alone. It can be extremely complicated.
You would need to reopen the case and file all the necessary disclosures, notices, and tax returns as needed in the state of CA
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The Probate Court may have issued an order as part of the final order giving the executor/administrator the right to distribute property discovered after the closing of probate, according to the terms of the will, making opening the probate again unnecessary. If the original residuary beneficiary died AFTER the deceased, then the heirs of the residuary beneficary would be entitled to the property. The contingent beneficiaries would only be entitled to the residue if the original residuary beneficiary died before the deceased.
Please contact a probate attorney in your area to explore all your options.