You do not state who has been appointed independent executor. Whomever that is would be represented by an attorney. That is who needs to address this question.
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You need to be VERY careful, here. I had a case where someone tried to perpetrate a hoax based on very similar facts to yours. The person turned out to be a criminal and not have ANY relation to the deceased. She is now in jail, but the estate lost a great deal of money due to her actions. I would have your attorney investigate this and seek direction from the court if it is not crystal clear what the situation is.
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