A Will is supposed to be desposited with the court - generally within 10 days of death (but this rarely happens this quickly) Check with the court in the country where her friend resided and ask where to file a "caveat." This is a document that requires the court to notify a person before a personal represenrtative / executor has been appointed if a probate estate has been filed. If your wife is in the will - a copy of the will should be provided to her. It is not unusual for it to take several months before the nominated executor files for probate.
I concur with Attorney McMahon. You can file a caveat as suggested or wait it out a bit longer.
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