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When you say she was appointed executor, do you mean she was appointed by the court?
But did she file to be executor with the court and was then appointed by the judge? Many people come to the website and state that someone is the executor when, in reality, they were just named as the executor in the will but the judge never appointed them.
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If she has not actually been named as the executor by the court then she isn't the executor yet. That means she doesn't actually have the authority to do anything with the assets or the debts of the estate and the proper route to take is to hire your probate lawyer and have them apply to open a probate and have you appointed as the executor of the estate. She can then, if she chooses, hire her own lawyer and apply to be the executor but at that point everything is under the oversight of the court.