First of all, are you the "executor" of the estate? If not, find out who is and ask them to notify you when the estate has been "settled". Upon settling there is no need to keep any type of financial records, etc. (unless other individuals are involved in such accounts other than the deceased.) NEVER get rid of ORIGINAL LICENCES, CERTIFICATES,etc. especially of family members. These may someday serve as "documented proof" as well as being your family history for future generations. Mary, I also want to say I'm sorry for your loss.....my heart goes out to you & your family/friends.