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Did your mother have assets in her name alone?
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If your mother had assets in her name alone then the will have to be probated. The will then becomes a matter of public record and anyone can get a copy of the will from the local courthouse.
If there is no will then if there is a spouse the spouse gets a portion of the estate and the rest of the estate is shared equally between any children.