Are you saying a probate of his estate was just opened? You have the right to be the personal representative and inherit your share of the estate, unless there were a prenuptial contract preventing it. The answer is yes.
If you are saying there has never been a probate, you should see a lawyer now if there were assets that you should have had.
If you are saying there was a probate eleven years ago and you didn't hire a lawyer to pursue your rights you are probably out of luck, unless the probate is still open.
I'm not sure what you mean by spousal benefits. Are you talking about from a company retirement, social security? Or probate of the estate?
If you were married at the time of his death, you may be entitled to certain spousal benefits, such as Social Security or even veterans benefits if he served in the military. It is too late to seek any of the assets in his estate unless they are still intact and a probate has not been filed. You need to confer with an attorney who can review your situation and advise you of your options.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.What determines Avvo Rating?Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline