You need to locate a copy of the will or trust document that your mother left. If you can, try to find out if she had an attorney draft the will or trust, and if she did, contact that attorney to figure out your next step. You should also consider speaking with an Estate Planning attorney in your area and there are several excellent ones in Springfield. The key to your question lies in whether or not there is a will or trust, and if there is, what that document says. If there isn't a will or trust, you should contact an Estate Planning attorney anyway to see if your mother's estate will be going through probate and what you may be able to do about it.
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