What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California..my dad left no will. his estate is most likely below 100k. he lived with a woman for 50 years in California but did not marry her. I live in Nevada so distance is hindering my estate investigative efforts. His common law wife is hiding assets and claiming power of attorney but I checked public records and no power of attorney is recorded. DMV will not give me a list of assets without VIN numbers. I know my dad had a few expensive boats but am unable to locate any info. How can I proceed to discover assets and can my dads common law wife forge signatures and take ownership via probate or claiming no living relatives...how can I STAY informed if she tries to claim no living relatives?