Thank you for your response. Unfortunately, if she had a Will or had family members who opened a probate
case for her and were appointed as her executor, you cannot also be appointed executor. There is only one per estate. In addition, if she passed away in Texas that is where the executor would have to be appointed. It would be very difficult, if she had family, for a non-family member to be appointed ahead of them. All that said, if you want to file a claim against the estate for the pension funds, you can do so. Probate issues are very complex and the probate courts
require that an attorney represent any parties in a probate manner. So, your first step is to contact an Estate attorney in the County where she died and get them started trying to track down whether she had a Will and if probate was filed, etc. Then they can, if they thin you would have any success try to make a claim for the pension proceeds. But, unless she died intestate
and without any willing family members you won't be able to be appointed her executor. The executor is responsible to the heirs
for handling all the final bills and collecting and liquidating all of the assets, as well as an accounting to the heirs. Please feel free to ask for clarification.