Hi and welcome to JA. I am Ray and will be the expert helping you tonight.
MA has a simplified informal probate
process in front of a magistrate.This is filed in the county where she deceased and you will need a certified death certificate.
You can be appointed personal representative and receive letters from the court.This then allows you as court appointed representative to receive any assets here from them as well as access any bank accounts the deceased may have had.
If the petition is satisfactory, and there are no objections, the court magistrate will grant the petition and appoint the personal representative to manage the affairs of the estate, effective immediately.
Here are forms and step by step.
This is the only way they will release the funds and talk to you is once you are court appointed by the local court.
I am so sorry for your loss here.
I appreciate the chance to help you tonight.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again.