Your sister should contact a probate attorney who can either find out whether the executor intends to act and file for probate or he can file on behalf of your sister and get the process moving.
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She should explore hiring an attorney to "prod" him along or petition to have him removed if he is doing nothing.
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I agree with Attorneys Reed and Zelinger. With seven months in the rear-view mirror, your sister needs to have her own counsel to make sure the executor is performing his duties correctly. Good luck to you and your sister.
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I agree with my colleagues. It appears that your sister is not going to be able to deal with this without legal counsel. For whatever reason, the executor is not being responsive. The first step is to seek assistance from a probate attorney. The next step would be to go to the court, if things cannot be otherwise resolved.
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