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To be honest, it sounds like your attorney is not pursuing this very aggressively because that is an inordinately long amount of time for letters testamentary to be issued. This makes me think that he may not have actually filed any request yet..
I would suggest contacting the local Surrogate Court and asking them if a case has been opened in your husband's name and what its status is. If there is not one open, then you need to confront your attorney and see what his explanation is. If he isn't able to adequately explain the situation, then you may have to threaten filing a Bar complaint for misconduct for his failure to act.
So I would call the court directly and then confront your attorney with the results of the call...