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If you are the executor listed in a will, you can get a letter testamentary by taking the will to the local court clerk for the probate department of the court and filing a probate petition. File the petition in the county where the deceased was living at the time of death. The court establishes the validity of the will and verifies that you have authority to act on behalf of the deceased according to the will. The court then issues a Letter Testamentary authorizing you to act. Be sure to get multiple certified copies of the letter testamentary so you can deal with banks and others.
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