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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. The only way to ensure a fair and transparent process is to go through the probate process, have court supervision, which would require an accounting and more transparency.
Just because he's named the "executor" in the will does not mean that he IS the executor.
An executor has to be named by a judge in a probate process.
The will only designates the testators wish of whom will serve in that capacity. That being said, the judge can name someone else as executor, or at least still require that the executor give you equal information, accountings, etc... of the assets of the estate, what was transferred prior to death, etc...
I see. In that regard, you can demand an accounting with him, letting him know that if he does not give you this information, you can formally "compel" it through the courts.
(this would be through a "motion to compel" which is what you would file to make the court tell him to give you this information)
Only if the information was not relevant at all or otherwise privileged would the court not grant that motion.
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