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If there is not a backup executor named then you state laws will normally provide the order. Normally spouse goes first, then siblings next, relatives of the same category have the same standing and usually if 1 sibling applies to be executor first then they will normally be named by the court but ultimately it is up to the judge in a case such as that. So to answer your question, it will be provided by statute.
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