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I am very sorry to hear of your loss;
so the will named the sister as executor is that correct?Is another sibling willing to serve as executor?
so even if a will names an executor, that person is not obligated to serve; so another interested party (ie an heir, relative) can petition the court to be appointed as executor and the court will issue them "Letters Testamentary" which allows them to be the representative for the estate.
They can then request the copy of the will, and will have the legal power to gather all of the estate's assets. If an heir or other third party is in possession and won't return them then the executor can sue that person for recovery, requesting attorney fees and costs.
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