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My father passed 1 week ago. I know he had a will, as I

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Hello, my father passed 1 week ago. I know he had a will, as I retrieved it for him from his file cabinet (I'm his son) a few weeks before he passed. My step mother and I have a very contentious relationship (as did my father with her), and I have doubts about her doing the right thing.

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I want to be sure she carries out his final wishes, but she is in posession of all of his papers. How can I "involve" myself to get the ball rolling in the right direction?

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My condolences for your loss.

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