An estate may be “intestate”, in other words, that the deceased did not leave a will, and in this case the heir’s order is determined by the Civil Code or the deceased may have bequeathed directly to you, movable or immovable property.
In the case of a succession bestowed by the terms of a will, the deceased is not obligated to provide information about the legatees, so much that when reading the will, many legatees are completely unknown to the notary, the liquidator and even of the family.
Notaries may also be asked to prepare a declaration of heirship, which will take between different quality and order of beneficiaries take holders in the estate if no will. When no heir is known, occurs the problem for the distribution of the assets left by the deceased. The notary or liquidator then contacts a probate heir researcher (Genealogist) in order to locate the beneficiaries.