The Executor of the will had control of the money that belongs to the eleven heirs of the will. The woman was in control of the money for a significantly long amount of time, before the heirs were going to be able to claim it. When that time came, the Exectuor claimed there was no money because it had been spent on funds for the will's owner; this is now known to be a lie.
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If the executor was an independent one it would be more difficult than if not. Contact a local attorney.
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If the will was admitted to probate, the beneficiaries of the will have the right to demand a full accounting of the estate funds and to have the executor removed for breach of fiduciary duty. If you suceed in getting the removal, the executor must use her own funds to defend herself in the suit brought by the beneficiaries. You will need a probate attorney to file the suit for you or all of you.