In Kansas, generally, the first step is to petition the Court for the admission of and probate of the Will. Any interested party can do that, but you'll need a copy of the Will. You don't technically need a lawyer, but it will be a big help. Generally those legal fees are paid for out of the estate, so I'd encourage you to hire an attorney. If nothing else, it would be good to hire an attorney, even for just a few conversations, to figure out a list of everything you'll need to do.
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