Mrs. Merrick’s attorney had a problem. She needed to find two missing heirs but had little to go on; only names with no other identifying information. Mrs. Merrick set up a living trust twenty years before her death, but never updated it, making this heir search more difficult. She left her large estate to Mary Danielson and Mitchell Roberts or their heirs. That was it; no additional information as to her relationship with Mary and Mitchell, or their ages or location. The attorney’s firm was the trustee because Mrs. Merrick’s father had dealings with the firm in years past, but no one at the firm knew anything about her other than the fact that she was a widow and had no children.
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