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Well the answer to do this question in New York depends on the title of the property. It differs depending on whether your name was on the title or not.
This is because some assets are considered probate assets and others non-probate assets in New York.
Was the house in the sole name of your mother ? or was your name also included on the title of the property as a co-owner or joint-owner ?
I can answer your question once this is established.