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The best way for him to do this is to hire a probate lawyer located in the county where his dad used to live since he is not likely to be able to get out and go to court each time there is a hearing or a filing issue. The lawyer will then need to sue the aunt for conversion of your friend's belongings. As far as cleaning out his dad's bank account that normally could not happen unless she was a joint account holder or named a beneficiary.
Here is a list of IOWA probate lawyers to choose from.
If you friend really wants to try to do this himself, he can start the probate process by filing a petition for probate using these instructions and these forms.
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