Any papers will be filed in the court house in each county affected. ie. there has to be filed a death certificate showing the owner died, the attorney has to file public notice in the local newspaper, the list of the heirs could be3 obtained from old census records, old land records, any old records, drivers license, autos purchased, tax records, etc. JUST LIKE# GENEALOGY< everyone leaves a pathway in paperwork. Now all of that is being placed on internet, so you can sit at home/office and find the information you need.Make a habit of reading LEGAL NOTICES.