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Subject: Re: Probate
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 21:04:17 EST
When a person was named in a Will as administrator/executor of the decedent's
estate, he/she may not have wished to perform that function, for any number of
reasons, and may simply have declined to do so. The mother could do this,
knowing she would still be entitled to her dower from her husband's estate. I
am not an expert in such matters. The above is simply my deduction, after
reading some Wills and court orders pertaining to such estate administrations.
There is another point here: whenever someone posts a query dealing with
legal, religious, economic, financial, medical, etc. matters, there usually
are no completely correct, simple responses. The correct response can only
come from an expert who is fully knowlegable of the laws, rules, regulations,
environment, time-period, and specific place involved. Even then, such a
response can often be challenged by another equally-qualified authority on the
subject. Very few of us are such authorities on the subjects involved. It is
OK to give the response you THINK is correct, but it is NOT OK to argue
viciously about someone else's response. That is how internet "flame wars"
Gordon Adams in the Heart of Silicon Valley, California.