I am so sorry for your loss.
If you are the executrix listed in a will, you get a letter testamentary by taking the official will, along with a certified death certificate, to the local court or city hall in the county where the deceased lived at the time of death and filing a probate petition that the probate court will likely have available there. The court will establish the validity of the will and verify you have authority to act on behalf of the deceased according to the will. The court opens a file, then issues a letter testamentary (also called letters of administration) authorizing you to act in charge of distributing assets as the decedent wished, and any other responsibilities to dissolve the estate. It is best to get multiple certified copies of the letter testamentary so you can deal with banks and others where it will be legally required.
Again, I am very sorry for your loss here.
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