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Unfortunately, you will need to go through probate, but it is not a difficult process. The reason probate is necessary is that the court must validate that the will is the valid last will
and testament of your mom and the court must officially appoint the brother as executor and issue documentation evidencing that appointment so others can rely on the will and the appointment. This is for your protection; otherwise, anyone could come up with a fictitious will and transfer estate
assets. Once officially appointed, the executor then has the legal authority to transfer title to the property. Because there are multiple beneficiaries, the court will require a lawyer to file the petition with the court. Under my terms of service with JustAnswer, I'm not allowed to make a specific recommendation, but I can give you direction. You would want to either contact the state bar association or your nearest law school for a referral. I prefer the latter because they take great pride in their graduates and will take a more personal interest in making sure your referral is a good one because it will be a reflection of the school. But, this is not a complicated case so you would only need a 1-2 year lawyer rather than a more experienced lawyer with the higher billing rate that comes with that experience. You should be able to get the probate proceeding done for under $1,000.
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