I had a productive meeting with a lawyer last week and he cleared up a lot of my confusion but there's this one thing where he couldn't seem to give me a clear answer. I'm executor of my dad's will and am trying to learn in advance what I'll need to know and be doing when the time comes. I have a sibling who will be a challenge (wow, I put that nicely!) and feel I need to be armed with knowledge. So, after the funeral, I picture the sibling and other relatives clearing my dad's house of all furnishings and possessions. Many have keys to his house. Is this permissible? Does the house need to stay intact until the will goes through probate and is considered settled? I know there's six months for all creditors to make claim (there aren't any) and I can pay basic utilities during thIs time. After this, I will sell the house. But what about the "stuff" in it? Does it stay or does it all get taken? Lawyer was vague on this.