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Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.I am terribly sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences. To answer directly, the only person who can release the checks would be the executor. The attorney cannot release the funds without the executor's permission. In this case if the executor is missing or intentionally hiding, you or your other sister (or you both) may want to consider going to probate court and requesting that the executor be removed from the estate due to lack of contact and lack of progress with the estate. If you prevail, either you or your sister, or you both can be made administrators and then you would be able to release the funds.Good luck.
Thank you for your follow-up, Michele. I am sorry about that, I thought it was the executor who was not responding. Now I understand, the executor can still choose to release the funds even if one of the parties did not sign off on it. The executor can choose to do a full release or a partial release of funds. There is no actual time deadline, it just has to be done in a 'timely manner' (which is obviously a fairly subjective standard). Your sister can still order the attorney to cut the checks in this instance.Good luck.
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