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If the landlord allows me entry in to her house to secure her property, is that legal?
From a purely legal perspective, the landlord shouldn't allow you access to the property until you are formally appointed as executor by a probate court judge. When someone is named executor, that is just a request by the testator, but it doesn't become a legal appointment until a judge ratifies that request.
With that said, this is kind of a violation without a victim as it is unlikely that any beneficiary would file any type of formal objection with the probate court. Even if someone did object, it is unlikely that the judge would do anything as long as no assets were improperly kept because this often happens in an attempt by the executor to actually protect assets from disappearing.