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A: A good place to get a copy of the death certificates is from the funeral home. They often get extra copies from the local health department as a courtesy to the family. Try that first.
Also the death certificates are public record. Here is a link to California Department of Public Health:
As for the will, if a court procedure has been filed to determine the validity of the will, then there is a copy of the will in that court file. That is called probate. You can get copies at the courthouse. If a probate has not been filed yet, then there is no public record.
It's possible that your parents wrote a trust as well as wills. Trusts also divide up property at death. Your brother may also be in charge of the trust, as the trustee. If you are a beneficiary of a will or a trust or both you have a right to an accounting. Start with a snail mail letter to your brother: "Please send me a copy of the will and the trust and send me an accounting." Mail it and keep a copy. If your brother has an attorney, send a similar letter to him or her.
If your brother and/or his attorney are still uncooperative and won't give you copies of the will(s) trust or an accounting, then you will need to hire your own attorney to get this done.
A: You can challenge a judge but it has to be at the beginning of the case and your case has already been decided. Once a guardianship has been set up, you can make a motion for it to be terminated, but you have to have a good reason to do so. If a guardianship was ordered in Orange county, you have to go back to the same case number in Orange county to ask for the guardianship to be terminated. But Judges are often moved around by the chief judge so you may not get the same judge. But most importantly you have to have a strong reason to end the guardianship. I don't know the reasons in your case, but for example if you had a drug or alcohol problem, you would have to show that you don't have that problem any more. Whatever the reason was, you need to show the judge that that problem does not exist any more and that you have a good home for the children to come home to.
Take a look at the following link to the California courts for basic information on ending a guardianship:
A: Are you in Chicago and your boyfriend too? if yes, you need an Illinois attorney, not a California attorney. This is the California section.
For an adult you need a conservatorship, instead of guardianship.
If you are in California, read this link:
All 58 counties in California have some type of Self-Help Center. The people at the Self-Help Center help you fill out family law forms for free. They can’t do everything in family law, but they will help you with all the basics. The downside is that they don’t have a lot of time to spend with you, and often there is a line to get in to see them. The upside is that it is free. So if you have more time than money, go to the Self-Help Center for divorce, custody, visitation, paternity and domestic violence paperwork.