If my father in law passed away, why were we told not to do anything for 40 days? 

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There is no Will. My husband is aware he cannot file to to be administrator but what needs to be done? We were told not to do anything for 40 days. What is the 40 days for? What happens after the 40 days? Does my husband need to file something with the courts to claim his assets?

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