Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Good evening. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you. My condolences for your loss.
No, unless the bank has told you otherwise, they are going to want to see that you have filed a petition to open probate in surrogate court and been issued letters testamentary to make you the executor. The will is just the expression that the testator wants you as executor. Only the court can make the appointment and give you the authority over the estate.
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