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Your step sister would need to make application to probate the will and walk the application in with the will.She will need a lawyer here,Florida does not allow pro se applications.The lawyer makes application with the will and a notice is posted.There is a hearing scheduled to admit the will and appoint her personal representative here in Florida.Florida allows lawyers to charge a percentage of the value of the estate.
Here she would meet with lawyer and give him original will, she should make a copy of it just in case.
A second ancillary probate will need to be filed in Kentucky if they have property there, a Kentucky court would oversee that.The Florida lawyer can help her locate a Kentucky lawyer for that part.
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No she has to probate the will, the will here could be invalid for many reasons, executed wrong, lack of capacity, undue influence, there could be a will contest field thats why court has to admit it or not.