The power of attorney terminates upon her death. If she died without a will you will need to go to the probate
court in the county where your mother lived upon her death. You will need to file a petition to probate her estate and letters of administration to be appointed as the administrator of her estate. You do not indicate in what state and county your mother lived at the time of passing, so I can't direct you to the court for further information. There are many how to probate books you can use at your local law library, they will contain the forms to get started if the county clerk self-help clinic was unable to help you.
Let me know the state and county were mom passed to see if I can get you direct information.
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