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Once the attorney was convinced of a felony he became barred from qualifying as executor through the probate
The fact that the attorney cannot be the executor is not an issue. The will should have named a successor executor. That person would be the executor since the first executor cannot qualify. Nothing special will need to be done but the successor would have to apply as executor after your aunt dies.
If there is not a named successor executor then any family member can apply with the probate court to qualify as "Executor CTA" of the will after your aunt passes away. This is allowed through North Carolina statues and allows anyone to carry out the wishes in your aunt's will.
The only reason for your aunt to revoke and make a new will for your aunt is if she is concerned that the attorney did not draft it correctly or if she wants to change the beneficiary of the will.
To answer your questions: A) where do I start? When your aunt dies the successor executor or a family member will qualify as executor through the probate court.
B) does the fact that the attorney is now in jail make the will invalid because he can't do the job anymore? No
C) do I need an attorney and an accountant or will the bank be able to answer the IRA maturation and tax questions? Reply with your IRA questions and I will try and help.
D)since I am supposed to be the executrix of my parents' estate and my mother is still quite spry and perky, do I really need to worry so much about this? I am not sure how your parents' estate has anything to do with your aunt's estate.
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