First, check probate court in the county where the decedentA person who has passed away. lived. Whoever had a copy of the willA legal document which expresses a person’s final wishes about what happens to their property after they pass away, often specifically identifying intended beneficiaries for specific items of property. should have deposited it to the probate court, and you can obtain a copy. If the probate court doesn’t have the decedent’s will, then you can file a Petition for Probate asking to be appointed as the administratorA person appointed by the probate court to manage the assets and liabilities of an intestate decedent. of the decedent’s intestate estateThe assets and liabilities left behind by a decedent.. If someone has a will, they can contestTo challenge the validity of an unfavorable claim through court proceedings. your appointment by submitting the will.