A: First, I am very sorry for your loss. I agree with my colleagues, you will need to hire a probate attorney to assist you and represent your interests, especially if you are out of the country. It may be difficult to obtain the personal items already taken from the apartment by your sister, but the financial accounts can't be transferred without filing a probate. I would recommend that you file the probate as representative, so you have more control.
A: It’s possible. You would have to make that request to the personal representative if it is a formal administration. If it’s not contested and there are liquid assets, you may get your request approved.