My mother recently died. At her home we found an uncashed cashiers check that is 11 months old. The check was given to her by her sister (my aunt). It was a disbursement from my mother’s own inheritance when my grandmother died last year. The check lists as payable two lines. Line one is [my mothers name]. Line two says something like beneficiary 1987 [my grandmothers] trust. My aunt was the executor of my grandmothers estate and is a beneficiary of the trust. My questions are:
How can we cash the check? Will the bank let me cash it? Can my aunt cash it as a beneficary of the trust?
We live in California and probate is triggered for estates valued over 150k. Must the money from this check be included in her estate with respect to probate?