The attorney represents the estate and the executor. He has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the estate, but does not represent the beneficiaries. Given the number of questions you have about estate administration and disposition of the co-op, you would be well-served by a consultation with your own probate attorney. The attorney can review the will and well as the co-op rules and help you understand how the process works.
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Ms. Reed offers a good answer. The attorney represents the executor and will be acting to protect the executor's interests (to keep beneficiaries from suing, etc.). If beneficiaries have questions or need advice it is advisable to have a separate attorney.
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First, the attorney does not represent the beneficiaries. Sometimes, this is okay because the intersts of the beneficiaries are the same. Here, your interests are not the same. You should consult with your own lawyer. There are options, such as an intermediate distribution, compelling an accounting, reaching a voluntary agreement and many more.
The lawyer representing the executor does not represent any other beneficiary. The lawyer has certain duties of fair dealing with the other beneficiaries, but in any kind of dispute with the outcome of the dispute not known, the other beneficiaries need their own lawyer.