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Keep in mind that if you rely on the court to appoint an executor, you run the risk that the judge will appoint a neutral third party, possibly an attorney who will charge for his services. Stories are told of attorneys who stretch out the process and continue billing hours until assets of the estate are depleted. Hence heirs may get nothing.

It is worth your while to try to reach an agreement between the heirs without depending on courts if you can.

A few thoughts on conflict resolution--

1. Ask the difficult heir to recommend an executor. Is the person acceptable? Or can a similar but more neutral one be proposed.

2. Ask a respected individual to approach the difficult heir and hear her out (especially if relationships are strained). If she is religious, a religious leader (pastor, priest, rabbi, etc) could be a good choice. But banker or anyone respected in her community could work.

3. You could try approaching her through her friends if you know them. They could relay her point of view and may be able to help convince her to come to some agreement.
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