I am dealing with an estate where the deceased (an only child born 1944) died unmarried and without issue. Parents are deceased but there are uncles, aunts and cousins on the deceased’s mother’s side. However the father’s name is not shown on the birth certificate and the family say she never had any contact with her father and his identity was unknown.
Am I right in thinking the father and his descendants are regarding as all being predeceased and can be ignored? Are there any additional steps that should be taken to protect the personal representatives?