My brother died in GA. His wife is supposedly the executor but we have no signed copy of the will. Does she have to file with the probate court by a certain period of time? The unsigned copy we have does not list his mutal funds or IRA's that his financial advisor and best friend handled. After his death we were told by this person we were beneficiaries and after receipt of death certificate he would submit paperwork for us to receive our proceeds from his mutal fund. In the interim he found out my brother named us to receive funds from his government 401K plan and his friend asked if we would be willing to turn this over to his wife. As we have seen no paperwork we don't know whats going on and we don't feel like his financial advisor is being above board as we have yet to see the paperwork he has been promising since he received the death certificates. If the info on the mutal funds and IRA's are not in the will do we need to hire a lawyer in the state the financial advisor is located or do we hire a lawyer in the state where my brother died?