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I'm in Pennsylvania. My mother passed away, and she had a Will that specifically identified me, her only son, as the heir. Her home was in her name alone, as was her motor vehicle. One large bank account with $20K has a "payable upon dealth (to me)" statement attached. All holdings listed me as her "beneficiary". There was a second mortgage of about $2000, which I paid off out of my own money. The first mortgage of $26,000 (house appraised for about $110K) I am trying to assume. The only other debt is a credit card with $750, which I also plan to paying off. Other than that, there are no other debts. The inventory of personal belongings is also completed, but the lawyer seems to be dragging his feet. He has not even put the legal classified ads in the newspaper yet. And he was pressuring me to sell my mother's home, regardless of loss, to "pay off debts". What debts beside the mortgage, which I will assume?
1)What is stopping me from having the estate probated?
2)How can I force the attorney to move faster?
3)Can I fire the attorney, and how would I properly go about it? I'm worried he's looking for the chance to tack on fees.
P.S.: I signed an agreement to have him as a representative about 3 weeks ago.