Maybe I am not understanding, but you are the executor and can't see the will? It's impossible to be an executor of an estate if you don't know how the the estate is supposed to be administered. If you have to, request that the Surrogate involved requires your mother to turn over the information you need to carry out your responsibilities (the will of course.)
I agree with Mr. Stumph. If you are a co-executor then you have been designated officially with the Register of Wills. This does not sound right. You need to meet with an estates attorney in your area for a face to face meeting to explore your rights and legal options. Do this today without fail.
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In order to officially receive Letters Testamentary and become the executor, a probate petition would need to be filed at the Surrogate's Court. If you were named as co-Executor under the will, you would have to be noticed. If your mother is being difficult, you may consider sending her a certified letter 1) stating that you know that you were named as a fiduciary of the estate 2) demanding that she provide a copy of the will, and 3) stating failure to do so will result in the hiring of an attorney.
You should consult with a lawyer knowledgeable with probate.
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If the will names you as executor or co-executor, it can't properly be probated without your involvement. To determine whether the will has been probated, you can contact the Surrogate's Court. If your mother is holding a will on which you are named executor, you may need to bring a court claim, which would be in Surrogate's Court.
If your mother's lawyer filed the probate petition with the surrogate's
court (in the county where your grandmother lived), the lawyer's name and
info will be on it. In order for your mother to have authority to act on
behalf of the estate, the petition has to be filed and approved by the
court. If you were named as co-executor in the will, your mother should not
be appointed by the court without you also being appointed (unless you
renounced your right in writing). Based on your facts, it sounds like your
mother has not filed the petition yet. If the two of you don't get along, it
is not likely that the court would appoint both of you. You should consult
with a lawyer.
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