letters testementry. you might need to file a probate, unless the amount involved is small.
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If your brother died without a will a probate will need to be opened in New York so that you can be designated as the special administrator. As the special administrator, you can submit letters of testamentary to the financial institutions to release the funds. You would do well to contact a New York probate attorney to handle the situation.
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