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If you do not have a copy of the Will - and he will not apply for Probate then it is reasonable for you to proceed on the basis that there is no Valid Will.
This is what you need to tell the named Executor.
It is then his choice whether he applies for Probate of the Will in his possession - or you will proceed on the basis of an Intestacy.
Until this matter is brought to a head in this way nothing at all will happen I am afraid