Will or Trust Timeline
I am working on a novel in which a well-to-do heiress has died under mysterious circumstances. Her only family is an estranged son. (By the way, it is in a fictitious place and the state is not named, so there is some leeway there.)
We are anxious to find out who is in the will (or trust or whatever). How soon can someone find out? Who would likely find out first? Would police investigating the death be able to access that information?
You can probably tell that the story is playing out over a short period of time. That's why I'm asking for the quickest scenarios, but I want the events to be at least possible. Thank you for considering my question.