Q: How can an unmarried woman become the executor of the estate of her deceased partner of 8 years?
The deceased partner has only one relative, a brother who lives in Florida. The deceased does not have any living relatives in the state where both partners resided the entire eight years of their relationship. Would the surviving partner have to go to Florida to start court action to become the executor of her deceased partner's estate or could she start to petition the court in the state they lived in, Vermont? Also, would the surviving partner need to get the permission of the living relative to become the executor of the estate if court action is not appropriate in this instance?
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