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If the will is valid, the named executor is the executor Technically, the person appointed by the court is an administrator, not an executor. The correct course of action is for them to notify the court and ask for probate to be granted to the named executor to replace the letters of administration.


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An executor is a trustee They have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the beneficiaries. How they choose to discharge that obligation is up to them. They are certainly not required to have witnesses to their activities but if there is a lack of trust in the trust a prudent executor may want a witness for their own protection.


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Yes, the mother inherits the estate Note that the estate is not "everything".


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Only the children If I may suggest, don't put Latin terms you (and possibly your executor) don't understand - state what you want to happen in plain English. Oh, and hire a lawyer to draft it.


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