Our Aunt and Uncle passed away together in California. They had no children, and they always said the nieces and nephews are the heirs. Their friends acknowledge hearing this, but we don't know of a will. Uncle's brother went through the house with nobody there - we think if a will was there, it is now gone. Living uncle has same attorney as uncle who passed away. We do not trust him as he has gone through the house several times and was found taking valuable possessions. He claimed to be taking them for appraisal, but nobody inventoried them before he took them. There is a hearing to appoint uncle as administrator (or co-administrator with our aunt's brother). Do the nieces and nephews have any rights? All we have is verbal statements to us and to our aunt and uncle's friends.