This is one of the most common problems that we are asked about.
I do not know why it is that the person who is named Executor so frequently refuses to share information with the rest of the family but it happens so often.
The Executor of the Will has no duty to advise a beneficiary in the Will or family members of what the position is. Their job is to wind up the estate and , essentially turn it into cash to be distributed to the named beneficiaries in the Will. It is at that time that everyone will know who got what.
It takes time to wind up an estate and the Executor should not distribute the estate for at least 6 months although it may , in any event, take longer than that if a property has to be sold.
What you can do , however, is apply for a copy of the Grant of Probate from the Probate Registry as this will have issued to your father , is a public document and will have the Will attached to it.
Given the distance, I would suggest you contact any firm of solicitors who do probate and as them to get it for you. The cost should be pretty minimal.
I hope this assists. If there are any further points please reply I will be happy to respond.
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